For six years, Republicans in Congress have promised that very, very soon they'd release their plan to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act. Just you wait, they said back in 2010, when we put out our plan America will see how terrific our health-care ideas are. They also said that in 2011 - the plan was coming, hold on! They said that in 2012 - any day now, here it comes! They said that in 2013, and 2014 and 2015 - just give us a few more weeks, and you'll have it! Well, now it's 2016, and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., Wednesday released something that sort of looks like a "plan" if you just focus on the middle distance and take it in through your peripheral vision.
If you want to read Ryan's plan, here's an executive summary, and here's the somewhat longer version. It's light on details - such as how much it would cost and how many people would lose their coverage because of it - which isn't all that surprising, given that the more specific you get, the more problematic things become. But it still illustrates the dilemmas Republicans face on this issue and their inability to solve them.