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The Resignation of Tom Price May Create the Opportunity We Need

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Earlier today, as a comment on the News Summary, I posted this comment:

I have a concern about whether the Democrats are prepared to deal effectively with the challenge posed by the article above (the “Ongoing, Quiet Repeal”– https://www.theatlantic.com…. Namely, that Trump wants to sabotage Obamacare and then declare that it was the program itself — not his demolition of it — that was a “disaster.”

The challenge here is to make sure that the American people understand what Trump is up to. The better this is accomplished, the more likely the Trump gang is to change course in order to avoid having the blame for the problems fall on them. And if they do nonetheless continue to sabotage the program, it is important that public opinion exact a big political price on the Trumpians, and not be duped into believing that Obamacare was irremediably flawed by itself.

My question is: what can the Democrats be doing to meet that challenge? And do we have any reason to be confident that they will manage to do it?

In a subsequent brief exchange between Lowell and me, the question arose whether there’s anything that can be done in the relatively near future that could bring massive attention to the Trumpian sabotage effort. I stated my belief that “it is important for the finger of blame to be pointing straight at Trump BEFORE the Obamacare markets get really terrible.”

Now, just hours later, it looks to me like the opportunity may have just been presented.

The headline of the afternoon is that HHS Secretary — and gross hypocrite and greedy pig at the public trough — Tom Price has resigned. That means that before long a replacement will be nominated. And that, in turn means, public confirmation hearings.

I’m thinking: Maybe the Democrats can turn these confirmation hearings into a highly visible arena to put the issue of Trump sabotage into the public spotlight.

The nominee can be grilled on whether he or she supports the sabotage effort. And grilled, too, on whether he or she supports the kind of bipartisan effort (in which Senators Alexander and Murray were engaged, until the Republicans pulled the plug on it a few weeks ago) to make the present system work better.

Will that fill the bill?

  • Edward N Virginia

    Try it. BUT, the Affordable Care Act was DESIGNED and IMPLEMENTED with obvious serious FLAWS that would redound to the pain and suffering of rural communities, where there is usually one, or usually NONE, clinics, and bare bones hospital is an hour, or usually HOURS, away. And where incomes are so low that any deductible and any co-pay is devastating. ACA ‘czar’ Ezekial Emmanual has admitted as much and he sort of says ‘oopsie’. Bourgeois Urban ‘Know it all’ Democratic Elites set the course, knowing the course.

    • old_redneck

      Thank you, Edward, for demonstrating once again the carefully cultivated ignorance of the right wing.

      The Affordable Care Act has problems for one reason and one reason only: Congressional Republicans purposely set out to destroy the ACA.

      Why? Because Republicans HATE poor people, and, because Republicans knew if the ACA succeeded, Obama would be a hero.

      If all states had adopted Medicaid expansion and if Congressional Republicans had allocated the necessary funds, the ACA would have worked just fine.

      • Exactly.

        • Edward N Virginia

          B-S both. BECAUSE as we have routinely observed, citing A N Whitehead’s philosophical/logical discussion of ‘misplaced concreteness’, you BOTH have reified/’concretized’ the problem in the WRONG place. IT IS VIRGINIA DEMOCRATS who are AT FAULT for the failure to expand Medicaid in Virginia. Virginia Democrats HAVE NOT actively engaged voters for all these years, and especially not engaged RURAL POOR voters WHO ARE ABSOLUTELY NEEDED to turn a majority of seats in the House of Delegates. And you will see, this fall, the SAME FAILURE to do. THAT is NOT anyone’s fault but Virginia Democratic Party, While this season we are glad to see posts about voter engagement door to door IN SOME PLACES the recent RTD article and even in the posts here it is clear that candidates tend still to want to shame and blame voters for voting their values. Delegates are supposed to REPRESENT voters NOT shame and blame them.

          • woodrowfan

            all those words in CAPITAL letters sure convinced me..

          • Edward N Virginia

            M-F Cultural Imperialism. Hopefully you say the SAME THING about ‘shouting’ and ‘barking’ words in Rock N Roll, Rap lyrics, etc.