Repeal or no repeal of the Affordable Care Act, we are all captives in the Trump America Risk Pool. Sure, there are problems with Obamacare’s risk pool dos and don’ts, but they are pretty much limited to health care. The Trump risk pool is a wider, deeper problem. For example, the news that we may well have a suborned and blackmailed president next week: that puts all Americans in a scary risk pool, even if it is of our own devising. (Scary enough that Trump is almost halfway right that his tax returns are a minor concern now.) As Charlie Pierce put it today, “everybody is waiting for somebody else to do something. It’s like we’re all the crew of the Pequod, waiting for the mad captain to emerge from his cabin for the first time to explain how his obsessions should be ours as well….the president-elect may, in the words of Bruce Springsteen, have debts no honest man can pay.”
P.S. if you are ready to see Obamacare go down the tubes, because your own terrific health care is the Affordable Care Act, I have some bad news for you.