They say if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Apparently Republicans have taken this to heart because after their recent disastrous attempt to repeal Obamacare, they’re going to try to shoot themselves in the foot once again.
There are so many other pressing concerns this country needs to focus on. There are the chemical attacks on civilians in Syria, North Korea’s saber-rattling, or our infrastructure which is in desperate need of repair. Rather than deal with these issues, Republicans are once again focusing on destroying what is perhaps President Obama’s greatest accomplishment.
Nevermind the fact that 55 percent of Americans approve of Obamacare. Nevermind the fact that even constituents in very conservative districts like the Affordable Care Act, especially if you don’t refer to it as Obamacare. The GOP is bound and determined to repeal it, even at the risk of being tarred and feathered by their own voters.
Paul Ryan is especially determined to repeal Obamacare. After all, that has been his main political shtick ever since the bill was signed into law back in 2010.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said that the difficulty Republicans have had in passing an Obamacare repeal bill would not deter them, arguing that the House GOP has “weeks” to continue to work on the bill.
“We are not going to take one setback and call it a day,” Ryan said at a Q&A Wednesday with WisPolitics.com President Jeff Mayers. He said that his caucus was engaged in “very productive conversations” at the “concept stage.”
“We can keep working this for weeks now,” Ryan said. “We don’t have some kind of artificial deadline in front of us.” (Talking Points Memo)
If they successfully repeal the Affordable Care Act and end Medicaid expansion, this would be political suicide for Republicans in states that have Medicaid expansion, along with any Democrat who is dumb enough to go along with it.
It has gotten to the point where it seems that many Republican voters would prefer single-payer, national healthcare over the system we have now. Introducing legislation that would move us to that healthcare model would receive bipartisan support, and end the Obamacare controversy once and for all.
Single-payer would be a huge gift to businesses who wouldn’t have to deal with providing health insurance for their workers. My company subsidizes the vast majority of my $1,100 monthly plan premium, and I’m pretty sure they’d be happy to reduce that cost by paying a smaller fee to the government to cover my family under single-payer. These corporations would also save significant money in HR salaries and negotiating costs by turning over those functions to the federal government.
Too bad GOP lawmakers are too beholden to corporate interests and partisan ideology to see this opportunity. It could also be a chance for Trump to prove that he was serious about affordable healthcare for all, but it appears he is more interested in Twitter feuds than doing the job his supporters elected him to do.