To the Editor of the New York Times:
You quote President Trump as saying about health care, “I have to tell you, it’s an unbelievably complex subject. Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated.” Nobody? Well, nobody named Trump, that’s for certain.
But the millions of us who have worked in health care knew. Barack Hussein Obama and his Democratic partners in Congress knew when they created the Affordable Care Act. (Their Republican counterparts might also have known, had they cooperated.) And, of course, few know the complications better than Hillary Rodham Clinton whose brilliant 1993 Health Security Act for overhauling U.S. healthcare was smothered because of her rookie mistakes in the closed-door process of creating it.
But Richard Nixon knew it best when in 1971 he proposed a universal health care plan far more comprehensive than either Obamacare or Hillarycare. Someday, perhaps, we will come to our senses, remove employers from the equation entirely, and create Medicare for All. Anything less is doomed. (I lament that then-President Obama did not fight hard for it, as all the polls at the time showed 60-65% of Americans were in favor of Medicare for All.)
Meanwhile, I suppose we should congratulate our rookie president Donald Trump for his apparent recognition that “I alone can fix it” might have been just the teensiest bit overstated.