Following news of the Republican’s failing to pass legislation in the Senate replacing Obamacare, Mitch McConnell called for a full repeal of Obama’s signature bill without an immediate replacement, allowing 2 years for a new healthcare plant to be instated.
Now, that plan has failed as well, as three female Republican senators stated they will not vote for a repeal. This includes Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.) and Susan Collins (Maine), who both said on Tuesday that they will not support moving forward with the plan to repeal Obamacare with a delayed replacement. Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is getting criticized from both sides of aisle, although the blame should be firmly placed on the entire Congressional body.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is facing mounting criticism from politicians and pundits on both sides of the aisle after the collapse of the Republican health care overhaul bill.
Before the bill was pulled Monday night, Sen. Ron Johnson told a local newspaper that McConnell’s conflicting statements to different members of his caucus were a “significant breach of trust.”
The Republican from Wisconsin was referring to a comment by McConnell to some Republican senators that Medicaid reform wouldn’t happen under the overhaul bill.
Other Republican senators are calling for a new way forward on replacing the Affordable Care Act. Sen. Jerry Moran, whose decision to oppose the overhaul bill was one of the votes that killed it, criticized the “closed-door process” that McConnell used to draft the bill.
“We must now start fresh with an open legislative process,” the Kansas Republican said in his statement Monday night.
Sen. John McCain, who is in Arizona recovering from surgery, said the Senate should “return to regular order” following the collapse of the bill. The Arizona Republican warned his colleagues not to repeat the mistakes of Democrats during the passage of the Affordable Care Act.
President Trump spoke of his disappointment after the bill’s failure, moving to a policy of just letting Obamacare collapse on its own, which it will as insurers are already pulling out of certain markets.
“We’ll let Obamacare fail” and then Democrats may want to agree on a replacement, President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House. “I’m not going to own it.”
Perhaps this is the best option to bring squabbling politicians in Congress together and force them to actually do their job, but this entire failure indicates a much more troubling reality. In essence, the establishment Republicans have no real desire to enact Trump’s agenda, despite their feigned attempts at repealing Obamacare in the past and only doing so when they knew it would be vetoed by then president Obama.
Seven times during the Obama administration Republicans successfully passed legislation to repeal Obamacare, out of over 50 attempts at trying to do so, knowing that the president would veto those bills and they could safely tell their voters that “we tried”. It should be glaringly obvious at this point that they never intended to repeal Obamacare, but rather simply wanted to campaign on their attempts to fix healthcare in order to reap more donations and maintain their political power.
Republicans are concerned about someone or something, but it’s certainly not the voters, as they seem totally uninterested in following up on their promises or fulfilling the desires of the American people.
Obamacare is not repealed because the Republicans don’t want to repeal it. They were much more content playing the role of “controlled opposition” to the Democrats, cowering in the corner and hiding from the liberal media’s assaults on any effort to undermine the “progressive” agenda.
As soon as an attempt to repeal Obamacare arises from the Republicans, the Democrat mouthpieces and their media allies blast them with the old “millions of Americans will die” if they touch Obamacare.
Nancy Pelosi claimed that “hundreds of thousands” will die if the GOP’s healthcare bill was passed. Bernie Sanders made a similar claim, but was more conservative when he said only “thousands of Americans will die” because of the GOP healthcare bill.
“Mad” Maxine Waters even claimed that “700 billion” Americans will lose coverage if the GOP bill is passed. Apparently she unaware that the entire population of America is only estimated to be around 330 million, but somehow Maxine Waters believes over twice the population of the country will die. This just goes to show that Democrats are simply fear mongering and throwing out false claims in order to scare the American people, or more likely just Republican politicians, into capitulating to their every whim.
According to the media narrative, the mean old Republicans are out there just trying to kill Americans for profit, and every bill they pass regarding healthcare is going to end with the slaughter of thousands, or even millions of Americans. Apparently they are unaware that no one in America was denied medical treatment before Obamacare, and no one will be denied care if Obamacare were to be repealed.
The establishment Republicans appear to fighting tooth and nail, for the first time in many of their careers, to sabotage, reject and deny President Trump’s agenda despite the fact that voters overwhelmingly approved of his message, especially repealing Obamacare.
Republicans would rather face the wrath of voters for failing to repeal Obamacare than face the Democrat’s media attacks and false claims of causing Americans to lose their healthcare. Congress has revealed how they really feel about the voters and the agenda they are voting for. These politicians are more concerned about holding on to their position and power than what’s good for the American people.
Since the moment Donald Trump was elected, the establishment converged (including both Republicans and Democrats), and decided there was no way they would allow Trump’s “America First” agenda to take hold. For if Trump succeeds, he will prove to the country that their politicians are incompetent, corrupt and unable to serve the best interests of the American people. He would prove that any outsider to the political establishment is dramatically better equipped to run the country than any career politician will ever be.
The problem isn’t “we need more Republicans”, as those in Congress would have voters believe. The problem is the establishment Republicans who are already in office, and their unwillingness to promote Donald Trump’s “America First” agenda.