A movement is afoot for Democrats to seize the day, to follow up the Republican defeat on Trumpcare with a single-payer health care bill.
The Democratic leadership in Congress should do exactly that.
The late Sen. George McGovern said such a bill could be written in a single sentence: "Henceforth, everyone in the United States is eligible for Medicare."
Of course the Republicans control both houses of Congress and have enough votes to defeat such a bill. It's doubtful if enough Republicans have been singed by the fight they just lost to cross over and support single payer.. Even if that miraculously happened, Donald of course would veto the legislation.
But if the Democrats really want to serve their constituency, which, remember, is larger by three million voters than Donald's, they should make the most of this opportunity.
Donald's code after his defeat is easy enough to crack. He said the Republicans should wait for the Affordable Care Act to "explode" and then act to create a "really great" health care plan. After seven years of failure, there is no reason to think that they're capable of doing so. But what Donald was saying is that Secretary Tom Price will devote the entire resources of his Department of Health and Human Services to sabotaging the ACA in every way it legally can -- as well, probably, as a few ways that are not legal. Donald will contribute nefarious executive orders to help with the sabotage.
The ACA is far from perfect. In fact, it is loaded with flaws. These will make it even easier for the Trump/Ryan sabotage of the ACA to succeed.
It would be well for the American people to have a clear record of the Trump Republicans having rejected a real solution -- Medicare for all -- before their sabotage succeeds in destroying affordable health care for millions of Americans.
If a vigilant press catches and exposes some of the dirty tricks, and the Democrats try to get single payer now, but are thwarted by the Trumpistas, there will be a genuine opportunity for a change of power in Congress in the 2018 mid-term elections.
And that would be at least a start toward heading off fascist despotism in this country.