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"We’re going to do it simultaneously. It’ll be just fine. That’s what I do. I do a good job. You know, I mean, I know how to do this stuff. We’re going to repeal it and replace it. And we’re not going to have, like, a two-day period and we’re not going to have a two-year period where there’s nothing," he said. "It will be repealed and replaced. I mean, we’ll know. And it’ll be great health care for much less money."
Of course the only way that works is to gain control of both drug supplies (make the government the sole buyer, and negotiate prices accordingly) and health care provision (single-payer, IOW). So, more moonshine and snake oil; quelle surprise. Leaving that aside, the Trump team emphasizes this effort is imminent:
"He also has talked about convening a special session on January 20 after he is sworn in as President of the United States to do this very thing, to repeal and replace Obamacare," [Kellyanne Conway] said on "Fox News Sunday." "It would be a pretty remarkable move."
Even more remarkable because she seems to think that would work. The Texas Lege often has a special session, because it only meets for 6 months every two years. A special session meets for 30 days, and unless there is absolute unanimity of purpose in both houses, it takes 30 days (or two weeks minimum) to get the legislation passed the session was called for. But Conway thinks Congress can do it in a few hours, because it works that way, right?
No, seriously, they don't know how this works:
According to a report on Sunday from The Wall Street Journal, Trump’s victory surprised his own top advisers, so much so that the team didn’t prep the president-elect in the day-to-day operations of the West Wing. As a result, Trump now has to have a crash course in how to president:
During their private White House meeting on Thursday, Mr. Obama walked his successor through the duties of running the country, and Mr. Trump seemed surprised by the scope, said people familiar with the meeting. Trump aides were described by those people as unaware that the entire presidential staff working in the West Wing had to be replaced at the end of Mr. Obama’s term.HUH????????????????????
Funny thing, though; if you're going to replace Obamacare, you need to have legislation written to present to a vote, which apparently is going to happen without hearings or any of the usual Congressional legislative action. So where is that legislation?
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) refused to answer whether his plan to replace Obamacare would still provide free birth control to women with insurance.The right hand really has no clue about how this whole "governing thing" works. Besides, the GOP has only had 7 years to draft the replacement legislation for Obamacare. These things take time, you know. But ending Medicare? Ryan is ready to do that on Day One.
"Look I'm not going to get into all the nitty-gritty detail of these things," Ryan told CNN’s Jake Tapper in a Sunday interview on “State of the Union.”
"With all due respect, I don’t know that the average woman of childbearing years out there who relies upon contraception provided by health insurance mandated by the Affordable Care Act I don’t know that she would think that that’s just a nitty-gritty detail," Tapper replied.
Ryan continued to dodge the question, saying he could not provide “details about legislation that hasn’t been written yet."
"Right but is that important to you?” Tapper asked about blocking or providing birth control to women. “Would that be a principle of whatever replaces it?"
"I’m not going to get into hypotheticals about legislation that hasn’t even been drafted yet," Ryan replied.*
Priorities, people. And besides, Trump really knows how to do this stuff; said so himself. Isn't that good enough?
*Or, alternatively, Ryan is more concerned about the political blowback from ending birth control subsidies than he is about ending Medicare entirely. But that's so Byzantine it makes my head hurt; or it makes Ryan a benighted fool who can't see the forest for the trees.