The calamitous rollout of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has fueled calls to repeal this "train wreck" - to use the words of its author, former Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont.
On Dec. 13, a frustrated President Obama said, "I will work with anyone to implement and improve this law effectively. Now, you got [sic] good ideas? Bring 'em to me. Let's go."
Republicans have good ideas and have offered them to the president for a long time.
"We had ideas on health care before Obama became a senator," Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., told Time magazine.
Republicans renewed their effort this week to repeal and replace the bad law, keeping the good parts while dumping the awful parts, such as forcing people to buy health insurance and expanding coverage to include things individuals do not want.
Republicans would use tax incentives and competition to expand coverage while bringing down insurance premiums. Under Obamacare, many health insurance companies dropped plans for individuals.
President Obama signed into law a bill that not one Republican, in good conscience, could support. Only 35 percent of Americans support this law, according to the latest CNN poll.
The Republican alternative is the first step to straighten the mess Democrats made of the American health insurance system, which was far from perfect but in better shape than before Obamacare.
State Senate President Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall, has advocated for some time setting aside some of the windfall natural gas taxes the state now collects. This may be the year lawmakers pass his Future Fund.