Saturday, March 11, 2017

Here to stay? Trump & Republicans are blowing it on Obamacare repeal

"This is ass backwards! It embraces progressivism; it embraces centralism. All the talk to the contrary is BS. The Republicans have blown it, and they have blown it big time...and now the president is too." ~ Mark Levin, 3/9/17
This is the colossal cluster@#$% that happens when you put the cart before the horse (i.e., replace, or more accurately amend, before repeal)!

Sorry, not letting this one go, because it pains me to watch the new Republican-controlled administration of Trump, McConnell & Ryan FAILING LIBERTY in such a big way...
On Friday’s Mark Levin show, Full repeal of Obamacare through the budget reconciliation process in the Senate is possible and they can do it with 51 votes. Paul Ryan even said on the Mark Levin show in 2012 that 85% of Obamacare could be repealed through this process. But neither the House nor the Senate, have even attempted to pass a full repeal of the law through this process. So why won’t the Republicans do this? Because there are so many moderates and liberals in the Republican party that some of them want some aspects of Obamacare to stay.

Related links: Lie, lie, lie: Ryan and Co. caught in twisted pretzel of lies to preserve Obamacare
Ted Cruz Announces Method to Get REAL Obamacare Repeal

Did the GOP Leadership, led by Paul Ryan, even consult with conservatives before writing the American Health Care Act? You know the answer...
...all they had were different listening sessions, then went behind closed doors and only allowed leaders and chairmen (most of whom you cannot label “conservative”) the ability to negotiate details.

...what the whole conservative movement really wanted on repeal is completely public and widely known for years. These are as follows:

  1. Full repeal
  2. Stop Medicaid expansion
  3. Take out the regs that drive up costs
  4. Interstate competition
  5. Supersize HSA’s
  6. Allow people to pay for premiums out of it so they can control their care
  7. Equalize tax treatment (deductions preferred but tax credits could be considered if tightly structured)
This bill literally does none of those things except attempts the tax equalization component and botches even that part of it.

...we have one or two years of opportunity to get stuff done and we need to approach fights differently and drive the policy as close to conservative principles as possible.

...Obamacare repeal is a no brainer. It is literally what the GOP ran on (very successfully, I might add) for the last three election cycles. Mitch McConnell promised to “rip it out, root and branch.” President Trump said it would be one of the first things he did when he won.

The really interesting point about this moment is that it is the Ryan/McConnell leadership that has changed ZERO from their previous failed strategies. They are still head patting conservatives with rhetoric but catering to moderates with policy. They are still secretly negotiating deals without conservative input then daring conservatives in a “binary choice” to oppose “the best chance to fix health care/taxes/regulations/education” and if you oppose their crap sandwich, you are the problem.

Why can’t Ryan just simply say: 'I’m hearing some good ideas from our conservative colleagues and we’re going to work with them to address their concerns.' That's what they do with moderates. But no, instead they insist the bill is the most conservative thing ever and anyone who disagrees is a liberal who doesn’t understand conservative policy.

Take a look at Ryan’s interview with Tucker Carlson. He literally says the reason we can’t do repeal the way conservatives want is because of reconciliation, and conservatives just don’t understand how things work. Really?! We repealed MORE under reconciliation with Obama in the White House than we are with the GOP holding the majorities in the House, the Senate and our guy in the White House!

Sorry. We know for a fact more can be repealed because we did it already.

President Trump has said he wants to work with conservatives and fight for the people. Conservatives have openly said they are willing to take less than they want. GOP leaders say: you get nothing like always and we’ll just primary you like we did before.

...the conservative movement has grown up and understands the moment. GOP leadership has not and does not.
Equally dastardly was the news that came out late Friday afternoon concerning Trump's own threats towards conservatives in the GOP: Back the bill or get primaried!

President Trump has told Republican leaders that he's prepared to play hardball with congressional conservatives to pass the GOP healthcare bill, including by supporting the 2018 primary challengers of any Republican who votes against the bill.

Sources told the Washington Examiner that Trump made that threat in a White House meeting on Tuesday with House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., and other members of the House GOP whip team that helps line up votes.
Related link: Trump Engages on ACA: Threatens Conservatives with Primaries

Why go there? Especially when the Democrats are itching to hang Obamacare's failure AND RINOcare on Republicans! If this is the continued direction of the administration, only one word comes to mind: betrayal.
Since 2010, Republicans have repeatedly promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which is now universally referred to as Obamacare. Last week, Republicans finally unveiled their alternative to Obamacare and it is best described as swampcare. Far from repealing Obamacare or replacing Obamacare, it only tweaks the Affordable Care Act and does nothing to drain the swamp. ...

Swampcare violates core Republican promises going back to 2010. Republicans have taken to noting how many times they have voted to repeal Obamacare, but those times did not really count and they know it. In 2015, Republicans structured a comprehensive plan to roll back Obamacare. Every Republican supported that legislation. Now many of the same Republicans who supported the 2015 plan are refusing to support it again. They know that now it could become law. ...

Republicans promised to repeal Obamacare and President Trump promised to drain the swamp. Swampcare makes the whole mess worse. Ironically, President Trump is President because his voters had enough of the Republican Party. They had enough of the leadership of the party and its pundit cheerleaders who supported every Republican expansion of government and every too clever by half compromise with Barack Obama.

Now those very same establishment politicians and their pundit cheerleaders are rushing to claim swampcare is the best thing ever. President Trump’s supporters are outraged and recognize the breach of trust. But President Trump himself appears to be going along with the GOP plan.
Supporters may be hoping that this is just the opening salvo, another 'art of the deal'...but if this bill is rammed through in similar fashion as the one that started this chaos, the government take over of healthcare will escalate and costs will sore (thus ignoring our citizenry's genuine concerns yet again)...and that will all be on President Trump.
Since 2010, the GOP has pledged to repeal Obamacare and now, in the present, we know they have been lying the whole time.
I had hoped they'd prove Boehner wrong. Wishful thinking...

Related link: RINOcare? No, we want you to Repeal Obamacare ENTIRELY!

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