Open Letter to Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats on Healthcare
Congratulations! The GOP imploded and didn’t even vote on a crappy healthcare bill! You should be so proud. You stood your ground against something that never had a chance of passing. I’m not sure what version of a slow clap is appropriate…. I think I’ll go with the Joker.
After you take your lap this weekend and claim a victory. What are you going to do now? Are you just going to line up an await the crappy tax reform bill that’s coming and watch that implode too? Why not take this opportunity to do the unthinkable, propose legislation?
We have a president who is, yes, mad at you. But I think he is also mad at the Republicans for failing him. You know he wanted Paul Ryan to hold a vote so he could call out the spineless GOP members who voted against it. He is ripe to at least listen to a healthcare alternative. He has said that he wants affordable healthcare for every American, give him what he wants.
We all know that the Democrats had a healthcare plan that you were working on for when Hillary took office. (Too soon?) I’m sure you can scrounge up a proposal and then a bill that fixes some things in Obamacare. The most important part would be the public option. Call it a Medicare buy-in. Everyone loves Medicare. Heck, most of the leadership qualifies for it.
So you have a not so crazy healthcare plan with a Medicare buy-in that would be an option for rural areas with no competition. Get the whole Democratic caucus to sponsor it. And present it to President Trump. If he says no the Dems have something on paper to fight the GOP with for the next 4 years. A much better scenario than the Republicans, “Oh crap! We won and now we have to actually do the thing we said we would!” You would have a proposal/Bill that you can run on and not just a vague thing to run against.
But then there is the possibility that Trump will support it. Think of the overturn in power. A united Democratic front with the president to pass something good and the President’s party is the opposition to it. Who’s the party against the American people then? You want to win back rural and blue collar voters? Who must argue against Medicare? What party is the party of obstruction?
There is little downside. Worst case scenario you win a couple of news cycles before we get bogged down it tax reform. Best case we get the public option that should have been in Obama care from the start.
I wish I had faith in the Democratic party to be bold and fight for something instead of just against the other side. If you truly believe that everyone should have healthcare, then take actions toward it. Please restore my faith in the Democratic party.