One thing the majority of voters have definitely wanted and have stated in no uncertain terms is that they want the full repeal of Obamacare.
In the past 2016 election on November 8, voters turned out and insisted that Trump be the next president, so that he would accomplish just that.
Now, some congressional Republicans are backing off their resolve to get it done.
Under Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, the House GOP is wavering in their resolve to repeal the Affordable Care Act, because of pressure from leftist activist groups that oppose it’s reversal.
The Daily Wire reported:
On Friday, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) said that Republicans might not repeal Obamacare because of the political costs associated with the fallout. Speaking with a local radio show in Alabama, Brooks stated, “there are, in my opinion, a significant number of congressmen who are being impacted by these kinds of protests and their spine is a little bit weak. And I don’t know if we’re going to be able to repeal Obamacare now because these folks who support Obamacare are very active, they’re putting pressure on congressmen and there’s not a counter-effort to steel the spine of some of these congressmen in tossup districts around the country.”
Instead of getting rid of Obamacare altogether, Speaker Ryan and the Republicans it seems, now want to give us a watered down version:
Republicans plan to limit tax breaks on Cadillac health plans. They were incensed when Obama taxed those plans and now this. They also want to give out age-based subsidies. The older you are, the bigger the subsidy you receive. This encourages younger people not to get health insurance and instead wait to get older to buy insurance. I’m not sure that is a smart thing to do. There are also going to be subsidies for high-risk pools. This is meant to cover those who choose to not get insurance or are at high risk. The federal government would provide $10 billion in “state innovation grants” for the sickest or riskiest health insurance enrollees every year through 2026. There will also be a 30% penalty for letting your insurance lapse.
And, if Ryan can’t get Obamacare to move, here is what a former Trump campaign adviser has said:
A former economic advisor to President Trump’s campaign says someone else should replace Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) if he can’t get an ObamaCare replacement through Congress.
“Paul Ryan isn’t doing his job,” Betsy McCaughey, a former Republican lieutenant governor of New York, told radio host John Catsimatidis in an interview broadcast Sunday on AM 970 in New York.
“If he can’t do his job as Speaker, to hold these Republicans together and get a repeal and replace bill through, somebody else should be Speaker.”
If something doesn’t happen soon to motivate the Republicans to keep their word, we may be saddled with a socialist healthcare boondoggle that could take a decade to undo. If at all!