i ask the question of what criteria was used and invariably i get deflection, for the obvious reason there is no criteria, but for conservatives they have to fire up their folks
i was most interested in the republicans repeal alternative when in subcommittee and when asked they responded with the state solution and you pointed out, it is a bleak prospect.
I am not sure simply medicare even as fairly successful program would qualify as the solution. Medicare is currently nothing more than a reactive response to rising health care costs. A more aggressive approach I believe would be better. Without capping health care costs, they will continue to rise and insurance premiums will follow predictably. ACA addresses some of these problems. A recent article stated that 9 medical boards have suggested that there are 45 tests or procedures which could be eliminated as unnecessary and that some 80% of doctors routinely order unnecessary tests but that is just the tip of the iceberg of costs. As new medical technologies come online the commensurate costs continue to rise. Hospital costs rise and physician costs rise, so what are we to do?
O gee wait a sec ... doesn;t ACA address these? A first attempt at a solution. A good solution will of necessity address all of these problems and more both aggressively and comprehensively.