The Republicans In Congress Have Betrayed Us Again

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I guess by now we should be accustomed to politicians lying to us. For years, Republicans have been promising to repeal Obamacare if we would just give them control of the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives. We did that, and now they are breaking that promise. Because even if “Obamacare 2.0” miraculously gets through the Senate, most of the essential elements of Obamacare will survive. If you look at the latest Senate bill, most of the Obamacare subsidies are still in there, many of the Obamacare taxes are still in there, and most of the Obamacare regulations are still in there. On top of everything else, the bill would create an absolutely massive health insurance company bailout superfund, and that is something that the Democrats never even dared to do. The bill being pushed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wouldn’t actually fix much of anything, and it certainly cannot be called a “repeal” of Obamacare.

 

I have said this before, and I will say it again. The Republicans got a bill to repeal Obamacare through Congress and on to Barack Obama’s desk in early 2016. Obama vetoed that bill, but now the Republicans should take that exact same bill and get it to Donald Trump’s desk.

Of course repealing Obamacare won’t fix our deeply broken health care system. But it would be a giant step in the right direction.

So why won’t the Republican do it?

Instead, they are trying to “fix” Obamacare, and that is about as futile as trying to “fix” a steaming pile of garbage.

In a recent editorial, Rand Paul explained why he cannot support this bill

The Senate Obamacare bill does not repeal Obamacare. Not even close.

In fact, the Senate GOP bill codifies and likely expands many aspects of Obamacare.

The Senate Obamacare-lite bill codifies a federal entitlement to insurance. With the Senate GOP bill, Republicans, for the first time, will signal that they favor a key aspect of Obamacare – federal taxpayer funding of private insurance purchases.

The bill will transfer billions of dollars to people who will then transfer billions of dollars to insurance companies. What a great business model – encourage the federal government to use taxpayer money to buy a private company’s product. Great business model, that is, if you are Big Insurance. Remarkable.

The Senate Obamacare-lite bill does what the Democrats forgot to do – appropriate billions for Obamacare’s cost-sharing reductions, aka subsidies. Really? Republicans are going to fund Obamacare subsidies that the Democrats forgot to fund?

Since it looked like the first version of the bill was destined to fail, Mitch McConnell released a new version of the bill today which includes even more government spending and interference

Seeking to quell a revolt from more than one-fifth of his conference, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell agreed to forego two significant tax cuts for the wealthy and instead pour hundreds of billions of dollars back into the proposal he released two weeks ago. There’s now $45 billion to combat opioid addiction and even more funding to help mitigate higher insurance costs for low-income people and to stabilize the individual markets. An additional $70 billion would go to states to to help drive down premiums, on top of $112 billion that was in the original proposal. McConnell’s target was senators toward the center of the Republican ranks, who represented the largest bloc of opposition to his first legislative draft.

This version is almost certainly destined to fail as well, because Rand Paul and Susan Collins have already come out against it, and McConnell can only afford to lose one more vote.

If a Republican bill cannot get through the Senate, McConnell is already talking about a bipartisan effort that would involve cooperation with the Democrats. And of course the Democrats will want to keep as much of Obamacare as they possibly can.

So at the end of the day it looks like we are going to end up with either “Obamacare”, “Obamacare 2.0” or “a new and improved version of Obamacare”.

Did we really spend all of that time, effort and energy getting Republicans elected for this?

Time after time these professional politicians use labels such as “Republican”, “conservative” and “Pro-Life” to get elected, but then once they get into office they betray our values over and over again.

When are we going to start electing real conservatives instead of placeholders? When the Democrats get power, they aggressively move their agenda forward, but when Republicans get power nothing too significant ever seems to change.

If I get the chance to go to Washington, I plan to be a wrecking ball. Party leaders like Mitch McConnell won’t like that very much, but if we can get enough good people elected in 2018 the Republicans will have entirely new leadership soon enough.

Health care is an issue that deeply affects all of us. So many middle class families have seen their health insurance premiums go up by hundreds of dollars a month, and that can be absolutely crippling for a family budget. At one point a health insurance company tried to double what I was paying per month, and so I can definitely relate to what so many others are going through.

We have got to dramatically lower health care costs. That means that we need substantial legal reform so that the cost of malpractice insurance goes way down, we need to remove as many “paper pushers” from the system as possible, and we need to restore as much competition to the system on every level as possible.

The health care system should be built around doctors and patients. There is way, way too much bureaucracy in the system right now, and lots of people that are never directly involved in providing health care are becoming exceedingly wealthy as a result.

Ronald Reagan once famously said that “government is the problem”, and this is another case where that phrase rings so true.

If you take the shackles off, the free market system actually works extremely well, but these days both parties seem to want to constantly drag us toward socialism.

If we do nothing, they will win, and that is why we need to stand up and fight for what we believe while we still can.

 
  • The Republicans have had almost a decade to come up with a great replacement plan, yet here we are in 2017 and NOBODY has the first clue as to what constitutes a smart replacement.

    A total repeal? Never was going to happen. We can’t keep making excuses for the politicians we elect. It’s almost like the GOP is throwing in the towel and just letting the left look good by comparison.

    {*throws hands up in air with frustration*}

    • Zlatko Milanovic

      There is no replacement, never was. Pay the insurance or go die, that’s their plan, they just never had the guts to say so. Lying, sniveling, conniving, corrupt wretches that idiot voters keep putting in office.

  • b99998532a

    I’m just glad that the Federal Government is not running auto insurance. If they were, my premiums would double, my deductibles would be more that the value of the car, and half the bodyshops would be out of network.

    • iris

      That may be next.

  • eyeseesawshut

    Yeah, forget the fact the dems throw crap at them every chance they get, if anything just to muck up their progress because they are super psycho about losing control of their tax payer money machine to fund their over seas terrorist networks and their child abduction, torture, rape, murder cults. Yeah, just don’t ever think about cause and effect, or facts, or anything that makes sense and requires thought.

    • Zlatko Milanovic

      The Dems are funding terrorists? You’re a blithering idiot. Go slap yourself.

  • By all means, repeal it!

    But let’s not overlook that once repealed the Elephants (possibly in collusion with a few Donkeys) will then replace it with what will inevitably be another version of socialistic theft.

    Just think had the constitutional framers (like their 17th-century Colonial forbears) established government and society upon Yahweh’s moral law (including His economic and taxing statutes), there would no “health care” bills to choose from. This because any and all socialistic (government stealing) programs are impossible under biblical government.

    Time to get back to America’s biblical foundations, the real reason America became great – that is, blessed by God.

    For more, see online Chapter 25 “Amendment 16: Graduated Income Tax vs. Flat Increase Tax” of “Bible Law vs. the United States Constitution: The Christian Perspective” at http://www.bibleversusconstitution.org/BlvcOnline/biblelaw-constitutionalism-pt25.html.

    Then find out how much you really know about the Constitution as compared to the Bible. Take our 10-question Constitution Survey at http://www.bibleversusconstitution.org/ConstitutionSurvey.html and receive a complimentary copy of a book that examines the Constitution by the Bible.

  • chriscas

    This is like a Geico commercial. McConnell and the other RINO’s act like corrupt wimps. And the Dems act like corrupt Marxoids . It’s what they do!!

  • Robert Zraick

    The Government can’t fix anything. Repeal Obamacare and get the government out of the healthcare issue completely. Competition in a free market will provide the best care at the lowest prices.
    The medical establishment has been very charitable to those who can not afford healthcare in the past. And there are other private charities which will help. What the government promotes is not charity. It is outright theft.

    • iris

      Agree. As far as basic health care, we were all better off when the good doctor made house calls, and often got paid with a couple of chickens or free repair on his fence.

    • Zlatko Milanovic

      Competition in the free market will result in outrageous prices, reduced coverage, obscene profits and millions of sick and dying Americans who’s lives will hinge on one question: “how much money you got”?
      You’re delusional if you think corporate America is going to reduce costs and cover all Americans. The rich will get heath care, the poor will get a body bag. If fact, that’s the sum total of the Republican non-plan. They just don’t have the guts to tell you so. And Republican voters don’t have the intellect to figure it out.

      • Miyako

        spoken like a True Socialist From Europe. Stay in Europe With Socialism. Not In America. And Dumbocrat Voters Are Looking For Something For FREE’! Which Is Their Voters In November.

  • greanfinisher .

    There’s a huge difference between what the politicians say, and what they actually do. For all intents and purposes, those people are nothing but fronts for the wealthy, and I wouldn’t rate that bunch any higher than used car salesmen.

  • DJohn1

    Where is the moneyed interests and who do they control?
    In this case the health insurance industry.
    Start looking into contributions in these “Republican” election campaigns.
    Blarney talks, money controls what these people do.
    Clean up the thieves in the Congress?
    Please tell us how you are going to do it with no one in Congress backing you.

  • iris

    Just another way to destroy the middle class. I agree with what Robert Zraick says below. The wealthy can afford all of the new technologies in medicine and the best doctors, even if they need to go outside the country to obtain such. The poor have government run clinics which at worst, offer a sliding scale payment plan, and as Robert mentioned, there are also charitable organizations which offer some assistance. But the middle class can’t afford this.

  • Joel W

    That’s because most of the Congressional Republicans are many things, but Republican is not one of them.

  • paul mullin

    Michael. You used to get 300 comments on these articles. Where’d everyone go?

  • DJohn1

    It is difficult to kill the goose that laid the golden egg.
    The fact is they cannot kill Obamacare simply because they are owned body and soul by the people that finance their elections.
    Both parties are guilty of this.
    The current law is very lucrative for the insurance industry and it is obvious they do not want that law changed any time soon.
    It is unrealistic to think the people owned by them would change the law.

  • Miyako

    where were you born’? In A Marxist Run Country’? (Yugoslavia) This Is America. It was Founded UNDER GOD”! Your Ignorance is on display Here…Heathen.