Once again, Republicans have utterly failed at doing something they vowed to do for nearly a decade- repealing Obamacare. As noted by the New York Times, GOP lawmakers are giving up on the proposal known as “Graham-Cassidy” because, by their own admission, they can't secure the required votes for it to pass in the Senate.
Also, several Republicans (John McCain, Rand Paul, Susan Collins) openly denounced the bill because apparently, it did not repeal Obamacare to the extent they would have liked. As a result of the GOP’s inability to work together, there will be no repeal. Sometimes, a compromise is better than nothing at all. When will Republicans get it through their thick skulls that “all or nothing” is often not the most productive or fruitful approach to take?
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gave the following statement yesterday:
“We haven’t given up on changing the American health care system. We are not going to be able to do that this week, but it still lies ahead of us, and we haven’t given up on that.”
What foolish, misleading rhetoric. Republicans gave this same statement months ago when their last proposal fell through due to a lack of support. At some point, GOP lawmakers are going to have to wake up!
Graham-Cassidy was not ideal reform, but it would have ended the mandate for individuals to buy health insurance and for employers to provide health insurance. This in and of itself was a great start. Nobody should be forced to purchase something they may not want or need, especially by the government.
This also applies to employers who are faced with a plethora of business expenses of their own. In many scenarios, an obligation to provide health insurance for employees can make or break a business, or have serious financial impacts. Besides, employers are there to provide jobs, not to cover their workers’ personal expenses. Republicans truly shot themselves in the foot, and angered many Americans, by refusing to come together and support Graham-Cassidy.
In addition to slashing the extensive government control of healthcare, Graham Cassidy would have greatly restored power to the states. Even if Republicans didn't care for every aspect of the bill, they should have gotten on board with it the above reasons alone. Liberty and returning power to the states, as opposed to the federal government, are core conservative principles.
It appears as though Republicans lawmakers do not want to repeal Obamacare for whatever reason. Maybe they simply don't care because it doesn't affect them. In any case, it's wholly apparent to anyone paying attention that the ACA is staying as is, at least until it implodes of its own accord.
Moreover, if the GOP genuinely wanted to repeal Obamacare, they would have secured the votes like they did when former President Obama was in office. Republicans came together six times and secured the needed votes to get bills passed. Of course, Obama vetoed the bills as soon as they arrived on his desk, but that's not the point. The GOP was able to secure the needed votes six times with Obama in office, but now they can't do it with President Trump who would almost certainly approve any repeal of Obamacare?
As a result of the GOP’s flagrant and disappointing failure to make good on their promise to the American people, they should not be surprised if Americans vote them out of their current posts in 2018. As a matter of fact, Republicans should expect this. They brought it upon themselves. Campaigning on a vow to repeal the ACA only to fail repeatedly and essentially give up is unacceptable. If the GOP truly wanted to repeal Obamacare, they would have done whatever they did to get the needed votes when Obama was President.
The ACA’s harmful effects on business owners and individuals are crippling and incredibly harmful to the nation. Quite simply, it just isn't affordable. It does not work. Premiums are rising, companies are opting out. Obamacare should have been gone months ago. Yet the decisions are being made by people who the policy has very little impact on, so perhaps not all of this is surprising.
As a result of Congress’ inability to repeal Obamacare, some of the blame will inevitably land on President Trump, especially from his critics. Nobody should blame the President. Before anything even lands on his desk, Congress has to secure the votes. If they fail to do this, as they have many times, there's nothing for President Trump to sign into law. The blame rests directly with the Republican lawmakers who didn't do their jobs. The failure to repeal Obamacare has absolutely nothing to do with the President whatsoever.