In order for Republicans to enact Obamacare repeal, politicians need to take a benefit away.
Obamacare repeal didn’t happen. There’s a great deal of noise in the media about who is to blame and how big a deal it is.
Here’s typical spin from the Associated Press:
President Donald Trump is hoping to drive his priorities forward following the crumbling of the Republican health care bill but GOP finger-pointing is rampant, underscoring how tough it will be to produce the unity the party will need.
Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, criticized the contrarian House Freedom Caucus on Monday, a day after resigning from the hard-right group because it helped sink the Republican health care effort.
“You can have your principles and then when it comes to voting, you have to compromise to get something passed,” Poe said of the caucus, which has roughly three dozen members.
“It will continue to be the opposition party in the party,” said Poe, who said he would have supported the measure. “We cannot be effective if we continue to vote no.”
One Freedom Caucus member, Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., said Trump got bad advice “from some in leadership who said that some of us should not even exist up here. We need to be on a team and get a good product.”
Brat said that could be done “in short order.”
On the other side of the GOP spectrum, moderate Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., corroborated a New York Times report that Trump told him he was destroying the party by opposing the Republican bill.
“Well, it’s just another day at the office for me, I guess,” Dent said. Dent said the party’s most conservative wing was never going to back the bill and that making concessions to them “alienated moderates.”
Here’s a more measured and accurate commentary from Howard Kurtz:
Let’s remember how Donald Trump campaigned. He promised 1. Obamacare repeal and 2. to replace Obamacare with something that would be better and would include everything, or at least many things that people like about Obamacare.
If Donald Trump’s first promise depends on the second promise, then Obamacare repeal will never happen. That’s because it is simply not possible to make a program that does all that Obamacare was supposed to do and still works. The most we would get is an inefficient and expensive program that might last longer. All that would do is give Democrats an issue to use to blame Republicans. They would then have an excuse to do their own Obamacare repeal to make way for “single-payer” healthcare.
Republicans are evading the reality of the situation. Even Newt Gingrich, as optimistic as he is, does not make a convincing case that the only problem with the bill was bad strategy.
The bottom line is Congress and the President need to do what has never been done before. They need to roll back a Federal benefit. They need to abolish Obamacare, even if it means some people lose the insurance they want. There’s no other way.
People say that the government never takes away benefits. But Obamacare is in the process of self-destructing. It is going to end anyway. It’s time to set a new and needed precedent.
Congress didn’t implement Obamacare repeal because of fear. We need to teach them they have more to fear from keeping Obamacare on our backs.