Skip to comments.GOP GIVES UP ON REPEALING OBAMACARE; They claim to have more important things to do.
Posted on 09/14/2018 7:59:36 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Republican lawmakers have made it clear they have no intention of repealing Obamacare in the current Congress.
Republicans in the nations top lawmaking body have never really wanted to get rid of Obamacare. They would prefer to present the program, which David Horowitz correctly describes as the greatest assault on individual freedom and individual choice in our lifetimes, as a villain and whip up sentiment against it and run against it every election. They view Obamacare as good for the business of politics. They may chip away at it from time to time or tinker with it at the margins, but make no mistake: these creatures of Washington want to keep it in place. This is the Republicans dirty secret.
Republicans have been promising to rip Obamacare out root and branch ever since it was enacted. They ramped up their rhetoric after the allegedly conservative-dominated Supreme Court declared the blatantly unconstitutional Obamacare law constitutional in the incoherent NFIB v. Sebelius ruling of 2012. Americans responded to this government takeover of a huge chunk of the economy by electing GOP-controlled congresses in 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016, and by electing Donald Trump as president.
Unintimidated by the Left and sneering hack journalists, Trump began the push to bury the misnamed Affordable Care Act and as a result the individual mandate will die at the end of this year. But the bulk of the statute and related rules such as the economically suicidal pre-existing medical conditions mandate remain in place, complete with federal insurance-purchasing subsidies for people who dont need the help, as well as the sclerotic administrative apparatus, and the odious rule that prevents health insurers from competing across state lines.
The top vote-counters in both chambers say repeal is a no-go for the rest of the year. This ought to worry conservatives because there is a good chance that when the new 116th Congress convenes Jan. 3, 2019, one or both of its chambers will be in the hands of the government healthcare-loving Democrats.
So its now or quite possibly never.
Im not going to be asking for another vote on that this year, Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas reportedly said last week when asked about Obamacare repeal. His counterpart in the House, Steve Scalise of Louisiana, offered excuses for his partys inaction. We need to win this election and then get more seats next year.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he wont revisit Obamacare before this Election Day, and no expects him to change his tune after then and pursue repeal in a lame-duck congressional session.
Whether the return to the battle over the law is a decision I dont have to reach anytime soon and dont have time to facilitate, even if I was so inclined, McConnell said last week.
Retiring Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) made it clear he couldnt care less. I havent even thought about it, he said.
Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who previously blocked repeal, continue to support keeping the Obamacare law in place.
I would still oppose outright repeal, Collins last week. Aides to Murkowski said she is not interested in another rushed, partisan process in the absence of a quality, comprehensive replacement for the law.
Its the same old same old. And its not going to change unless reliable hardcore conservatives take over Congress.
They view Obamacare as good for the business of politics.
Now is probably not the best time to squash Obamacare.
Besides, they have many RATS to put in prison....
As much as I’d like to see it repealed, we all know that it’ll never clear the Senate on a vote. They’ll not be enough votes for cloture.
Sad but true. And we can’t blame this solely on the RINO’s in the Senate. We just plain ‘ol don’t have the votes. If and when we get 60 votes, then yes, by all means, let’s repeal it.
But yeah, in the interim, I think we should beat the ems over their heads with this issue as much as possible.
In my humble opinion, repealing Obamacare is the one way, for the GOP to lose the presidency. Leave it alone.
For real. Our healthcare does NOT need to go back to the mess we had, before.
So millions will live under a federal mandate to pay thousands per month for a crap medical insurance “plan” that they don’t even want and could buy elsewhere for one third the price.
All to subsidize Obama’s voters, including the ones in the country illegally.
God Bless Don Trump.
He needs it to fight the stupid scum like Lisa Murkowski.
Thanks to all the dumbscum in Alaska for voting for the crooked little poster girl for nepotism.
Taking money under the table and filling their offshore accounts is so much more important.
Retain the House, increase the GOP margin in the Senate, try again in 2019.
Even though they really don’t want to do it.
I believe it was Jim Jordan who said they would press the issue after the mid-terms, assuming they retain control of the House.
Spineless? Feckless? Waste if tax payers money? Useless? Yet, we gotta put them back in office due to the threat posed by the demoncrats.
No individual mandate. I’m good. Let it continue to stink worse and worse. The Dems own it. Still.
Without a mandate, prices will be forced down.
Someone needs to sue about the subsidies. That takes it out of congress
The mandate is dead. It is the lifeblood of Obamacare.
And all that that implies...
This is why they lose the house. Screw the backstabbing, filthy, stinking, rotten, traitorous bastards. They spent all those years telling us they would. Now that they can, they won’t. Screw the GOP. I’m staying the hell home. It’s time to let it all go to hell and rebuild.
Beat the dems over the head?
Why? It would just make the GOP look more ridiculous. They promised to repeal it for 7 years and then when handed all the reins of power they couldnt even repeal it in order to replace it with virtually the same program!
GOP is not a serious party anymore. They are mostly corrupt filth. And I believe they are trying to lose the House in the mid-terms.
That's cute, and a great fantasy, but it ain't going to happen. You've been had. Just like with obamacare.
Too bad we can't afford to vote them all out. Best we can hope for is replace McConnell and Ryan with people that are willing to get things done. But I suspect these same losers that picked McConnel and Ryan will pick similar replacements.
Blood draw before 0bamacare: $185; after: $450
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