Thanks to at least four Republican senators coming out publicly against the Graham-Cassidy bill, it would appear that the party’s latest attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare is DOA. This is the third strike, if you’re counting – an unbelievable turn of events that would have been impossible to predict last year at this time. Republicans were swept into total power on the wave of Donald Trump’s popularity, overcoming the fractures within the party to dominate the White House, the House of Representatives, and the Senate. The idea that they would NOT easily dispatch the healthcare law they’d been railing against for seven years – unthinkable! Unimaginable! Inconceivable!
And yet here we are.
If conservatives are angry, who could blame us? Not only does this failure demonstrate the deep, deep problems in our congressional leadership, it shows us that we have some outright traitors in our midst. It ALSO shows us the rank hypocrisy of those senators who couldn’t wait to vote against Obamacare when it was sure to be vetoed by the president. The same senators who, once there was a good chance that their repeal would become law, suddenly got cold feet. Every single Republican who voted for repeal while Obama was in office only to decline such a vote this year should be run out of Washington, no matter what their supposed reasoning is. We have all the respect in the world for Rand Paul, but he didn’t do his nation any favors with his stand.
So now we’re hearing that this was probably our last shot to repeal and replace Obamacare. As of September 30, the Republicans will need 60 votes to get the job done – basically impossible given the numbers in the Senate. So now they want to move on to tax reform, where we can only guess that they will once again fail to get anything meaningful onto the president’s desk.
But WHY are they moving on? Why are they adhering to this fake deadline? Are they in control of Congress or not? Mess around with the reconciliation rules, play hardball with the Democrats, and PUT SOMETHING ON THE TABLE! You cannot, must not give up. This is too important politically and it’s too important to the economic future of this country.
Obamacare is not sustainable without considerable government bailouts. The death spiral has begun, and Americans’ premiums are getting out of control. The insurance companies are abandoning ship like nobody’s business, and they aren’t coming back unless they get some sweet, sweet incentives from John Q. Taxpayer. Are Republicans going to pony up the money to keep this socialism train rolling along? Or are they going to let the whole thing collapse into an explosive heap that will send us careening into another recession? Those are the two choices. Well, those are the choices left when you take repeal and replace off the table, anyway.
So how about we just stick to the plan, eh?