GOP Might Be Fracturing On Obamacare Repeal And Replace

  • Calvin Wolf
  • Mar 3, 2017 3:58PM

To say that the Republican Party’s plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act has not gone smoothly is an understatement. By taking charge of the Oval Office and both houses of Congress, the GOP initially thought that striking down Obamacare would be a slam dunk. Unfortunately for conservatives, the self-congratulatory mirth of January 20 has quickly waned.

As the GOP has learned, it’s much harder to govern than to play the troll. For years, Republicans battered Obamacare at every turn, criticizing its high insurance premiums, difficult subsidies, and limits on which medical providers could be seen by patients. Exasperated, then-president Barack Obama challenged Republicans to craft better healthcare policy.

Tellingly, Republican leaders had no policy-based response. While conservatives actively praised free market principles and spoke about the need for medical patients to have “options” and “control,” nobody on the right side of the political spectrum revealed anything resembling a comprehensive health care plan.  That was then… and today is little different.