Do Republicans Even Want to Repeal the ACA?

Make no mistake, fellow conservatives; we’ve wasted the better part of the last decade hoping for repeal. From the moment the Affordable Care Act became law, candidate after candidate and one elected official after the other has run on repealing it, “if only we could get control of the House.”

Ok, that won’t actually work. We need the Senate. No, wait. Maybe if we claimed the White House, surely we could scrap the ACA and the odious fines and ever-rising premiums associated with it.

Of course, somewhere between 2009 and 2016, “repeal” morphed into “repeal and replace.” Just like any other government program that offers people something (i.e. dependency upon the government), the Affordable Care Act grew in popularity, and so we couldn’t just toss the whole thing out overnight.

See, now the hooks of the Affordable Care Act had gone too far into too many people, rendering their difficult removal even more painful than the initial puncture wound itself. It’s no surprise that Democrats have turned to such melodrama and hyperbole as saying that Republicans will kill people by passing repeal and replace measures.

President Trump and many Republicans, however, campaigned on repealing Obamacare on day one, until he didn’t, and then he and Republicans prematurely spiked the proverbial football in the Rose Garden when a House bill that kept most of the Affordable Care Act’s most egregious elements in place. To his credit, the President has now called for outright repeal.

Watching this unfold with Republicans in control of virtually every facet of government is not unlike seeing a sports team with vastly more talent choke against an inferior team (think of Golden State blowing a 3-1 series lead against Cleveland in the 2016 NBA Finals) and then blame that team (the outnumbered Democrats) for the fact that they can’t get out of their own way and get the job done.

Whether we’re talking about Steph Curry and the 2016 Warriors or President Trump, Speaker Ryan, Mitch McConnell, and the rest of the Republicans who garnered millions of campaign donations and votes on the premise of repealing Obamacare, the fact of the matter is that nobody wants to hear excuses.

I know I speak for many of my fellow Republicans when I say that this ham-handed effort at repealing the Affordable Care Act constitutes gross incompetence and cowardice. Indeed, one has to wonder if Obamacare has now become such a useful fundraising tool and talking point that some Republicans actually want to see how much longer they can milk it.

Perhaps our new mantra for the 2018 elections can be, “Yes, we have control of the House and Senate, but now we need just a few more seats to really make this happen! We mean it this time!”

I and many like-minded conservatives voted for representatives who we hoped would make every effort to take this grotesque expansion of government down, come what may. What we’ve gotten through most of this first year with Republican control of the legislative and executive branches of the federal government, particularly this summer, is one piss-poor Obamacare-Lite measure after another.

The bottom line is this: either Congressional Republicans and the President have the stones to repeal this bill wholesale like they promised, once and for all, or they don’t.

  • They don’t. But that isn’t Virginia’s fault.

    • mezurak

      Not Virginia’s fault? Of course not. Blue states don’t have faults.

  • Jim Portugul

    It took 60 votes, (Arlen Spector, Republican, was #60) to implement the ACA (Obamacare) It should also take 60 votes to trash the ACA. There ain’t going to be any rule change. Why?

    In light of the past 2 months Republican behavior? A good case could be made of a Republican conspiracy that passed ACA/Obamacare in the first place. Did Arlen Spector have the Republicans approval to vote with the Democrats in 2009? Was it all a big con?

    What is now happening in the Senate now just backs up my theory. The Republicans may have been behind ACA/Obamacare from the beginning just to pump money into Wall St. pockets from the very start. Some of that money ends right back in their own pockets via PAC’s and campaign cash. Or, just plain cash in their refrigerator.

    Go ahead and laugh. You guys can’t comprehend how corrupt DC is.

  • Andrew – you alluded to it, but how do you plan to get Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, and Shelley Moore Capito to vote for repeal? Not to mention Portman, McCain, Graham, etc. That said, I think McConnell does need to force the issue and have an up or down vote. Repeal (or replace, for that matter) won’t pass, but it will show who on the GOP is blockading reform.

    • Jim Portugul

      Since the 3 Republicans, Collins, Murkowski, and Capito, have played their cards as a no vote, what incentive would any of the other 49 Republicans have now to play their cards and vote no? That would be asking for a primary. If I were a Republican now, I would wait and assure 3 no votes, and then vote yes. Let Collins, Murkowski, and Capito take all the heat for repeal rejection.

      On another note, in 2016, every full time resident of Alaska got a check for over $1,000, and paid no state income or sales tax. It’s funny how screwed up our Federal Government is when Alaska can get the rest of the country to pay for their healthcare, when they are oil rich. But, I guess that is no more screwed up than government subsidizing Wall St. and exporting our jobs and importing cheap labor.

      I have heard that just transporting someone to get emergency treatment can cost $50,000 in Alaska. Non-sustainable. Trumpcare is not and will not die. The whole Trump presidency depends on Trump being able to lay claim to something, even another lie.

      Isn’t Trump just setting us up for this (see link) in 2020, just like Bush set us up for Obama?

  • Turbocohen

    Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton had a coincidental meeting on the tarmac, they made a deal over a long discussion about “golf and grand children” or so they say. Republicans meet with a majority in Washington and can’t agree to repeal?

  • Stephen Spiker

    If Republican voters were seriously interested in conservative health care policy, they should have chosen one of the many candidates for President who offered one.

    Instead, they chose to “send a message”. Look where that got us. Blame Republican voters.

  • David Obermark

    President Trump praised Australia’s health care system as being much better then ours when he spoke with the Australian Prime Minister.

    I am in favor of “repeal and replace”. Let us repeal Obamacare and replace it with single payer. Let us too reap the cost savings that the Australians enjoy.

  • cargosquid

    They have all been lying to us for YEARS. Cantor admits it.

    “Asked if he feels partly responsible for their current predicament, Cantor is unequivocal. “Oh,” he says, “100 percent.”

    He goes further: “To give the impression that if Republicans were in control of the House and Senate, that we could do that when Obama was still in office….” His voice trails off and he shakes his head. “I never believed it.”

  • Martha Cousins

    The bottom line is this: either Congressional Republicans and the President have the stones to repeal this bill wholesale like they promised, once and for all, or they don’t. Umm, they don’t.

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