I am trying not to comment about the presidential race. In this case, though, I am perplexed. After all that noise and yelling, we now have the GOP nominee saying that:
- He is going to replace Obamacare with Obamneycare! No, really. He wants to insure that people with pre-existing conditions can get coverage. “I say we’re going to replace Obamacare. And I’m replacing it with my own plan. And even in Massachusetts when I was governor, our plan there deals with pre-existing conditions and with young people.”
- He is not going to cut taxes on rich people. “I want to make sure people understand, despite what the Democrats said at their convention, I am not reducing taxes on high-income taxpayers.”
- He is not going to alter Medicare, not even the way it reimburses providers. “No change,” he says. Of course, that last applies only if you are over 55, but still. And us younger folk will still have traditional Medicare as an option.
- He won’t repeal the immigration order, he will supercede it.
Etch-a-sketch, indeed. Or perhaps just actual small-c conservatism? Maybe confusion. Or confabulation. (See #3.) Still, I would imagine it all makes it very confusing for a Republican voter to know exactly what it is they are supporting when they check the (R) box.