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  1. 3D Chess with Health Care People know of my enthusiastic support of President Trump. Some might wonder why I haven't talked about the repeal of Obamacare. Frankly, I haven't known what to think until now. The way it was unfolding was soooooooo ulike the way Trump does things, I've been scratching my head. But after the Republican plan was withdrawn, it became clear to me. It's another 3D chess move by the president. I haven't seen anyone recently discuss the original intention of Obamacare. It was designed to fail. This was widely discussed before it passed, then this angle went down the memory hole as it started to be implemented. The idea was that once the insurance companies left the exchanges and the thing was falling apart, Obama (or other progressive, say, Clinton had she been elected) would help ramp up the public clamor of pain, then blame it all on the greedy insurance companies. At that point, they would ram through a single payer health plan without serious opposition and slay the insurance company villains in one fell swoop. I think President Trump just took over Obama's designed to fail plan and is using it for his own ends. Think of the benefits to him once Obamacare becomes unbearable. 1. He breaks the Democrat alliance against him since many Democrats will come on board to help negotiate a way out of the mess they now own 100%. 2. He breaks the back of all-or-nothing entrenched Republican sides since he will have Democrats on board. 3. He will be able to engineer a plan he believes in based on popular support rather than a big fat compromise with special interests. 4. He gets the Koch brothers to finance the midterm campaigns of folks who will vote for the plan he ultimately wants because they have committed a half a trillion dollars or so to this end, saying anybody who voted for Ryancare would not get any money. And on and on... All he has to do is weather the gloating and snark from the clueless mainstream press (which is business as normal for him) and make sure the "evil greedy insurance companies" are not set up as the villains for the collapse--in practice--of Obamacare. Now, with the Republican plan flop, that will be easy. When the kaboom starts to hit, he can say the Republicans tried, but Obamacare was too much of a mess to do it the traditional way. So not only are Obama and the Democrats to blame for the mess (they, not the insurance companies become the villains in the public mind), there needs to be a radical solution... etc., etc., etc. Like he said to the press today, he was elected to repeal and replace Obamacare, but he made no promise to do it in 60 days. I stand in awe. Michael