As I wrote last week, Republicans have rolled out their bill to replace Obamacare, which is disappointing, as it pretty much amounts to watered-down Obamacare. They’re pushing hard to get it rubber-stamped through Congress, trying to cajole, bribe, or bully conservatives to toe the line.
The purported reason they’re leading with Obamacare Lite, rather than truly doing the ‘repeal and replace’ that they’ve been promising for so long is because Republican leadership doesn’t think they could get such a proposal past the 60-vote threshold needed to overcome a filibuster in the Senate. But by using the ‘budget reconciliation’ process to modify the existing Obamacare law,
According to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the GOP’s Obamacare Lite is Phase 1 in a 3-phase plan to ‘repeal and replace’ Obamacare…but Republican leadership isn’t disclosing any details about phases 2 and 3, and they have done nothing to indicate that they can be trusted to implement true free-market conservative solutions by the time they reach the 3rd phase.
For the past 7 years, Republicans have been using ‘Repeal and Replace’ as one of the main cornerstones of their campaign strategy. It won them control of the House in 2010, and control of the Senate in 2014. It was a huge contributing factor in Donald Trump’s win over Hillary Clinton last year.
But it seems that Republicans always seem to have some excuse as to why they can’t execute on their promises. When they controlled the House, they couldn’t do anything because they didn’t also control the Senate. When they controlled the House and the Senate, they couldn’t do anything because they didn’t also control the White House. Now that they control the House, and the Senate, and the White House, they can’t do anything because they don’t have a supermajority.
It’s as though Republicans are completely incapable of executing a conservative agenda unless and until they hold a California-esque grip on power in the federal government.
And so, Paul Ryan and Kevin McCarthy insist that this travesty of a health care bill is absolutely the most conservative Obamacare replacement we could possibly hope to get. That might be even slightly believable if the GOP bill were even slightly conservative, but in reality, it just represents a tiny shift to the right from what the Democrats put into place eight years ago.
I’m not buying their BS anymore, and neither should you.