If Republicans can’t repeal Obamacare, and despite the people who voted for them, they will try and try again. According to House Republicans, they finally have the votes to overturn major portions of the Affordable Care Act, and intend to send the legislation on to the Senate.
Whether or not this latest repeal attempt holds up in the Senate remains to be seen. Most likely, it will not receive enough votes to gain a simple majority, let alone the super majority needed to be sent on to the White House.
Trump has promised to get rid of Obamacare, which he has described as “a disaster.” Paul Ryan and other Republicans in Congress have campaigned against it for years, even though it helps their poorest constituents in states like Louisiana which has actually managed to expand Medicaid to over 400,000 residents.
My congressman, Clay Higgins, has aligned himself with Trump on repealing Obamacare. He represents a district that comprises the lower part of Louisiana from the Mississippi west to the Texas border. This area is extremely poor, in an economic slump, and many of his staunchest supporters have turned to Medicaid expansion – even though they hated President Obama and the Affordable Care Act.
According to Politico, Reince Preibus has also been working hard to make this latest repeal attempt happen.
Priebus has come under severe pressure from Trump to get the health care bill through. At one point in April, Priebus delivered a veiled threat to Ryan – telling him his job could be in jeopardy if the votes weren’t there. “There will be calls for you to resign,” said one person familiar with the conversation.
“He’s working this non-stop,” said one of the Priebus allies in the White House. If the health bill passes, “You’re going to see a Reince victory tour,” one senior administration official said. “Wait and see.”
But if the bill goes down, another West Wing official predicted Priebus would back away. “It would be a very public failure on a very big stage twice,” said this official. “You said you had the votes once and then you lost, and then you’re involved in the effort to redeem yourself the second time, that would be a heavy blow.” (Politico)
If the Affordable Care Act is repealed, millions of Americans would likely lose access to health insurance, including Republican voters in the districts Clay Higgins and Paul Ryan represent.
So why do Republicans in Congress keep trying to screw over their own people? I believe it is because they know that the hatred of anything connected to Obama and Democrats overrides critical thinking and self-interests. It’s how they managed to win one election after another by telling voters that President Obama was a secretly gay Communist Muslim married to a transsexual woman who wanted to take their guns away and force sharia law on everyone at FEMA detention facilities.
Clay Higgins is the prime example of this. He exploited white fear over a small alleged street gang which has yet to go to trial, the members of which may never be convicted for a lack of evidence, and have spent over a year in jail thanks to his viral video stunt which launched Higgins’ congressional campaign.
In a nutshell, Republicans believe that the majority of their supporters are dumb and bigoted as fuck. They believe that they can exploit these individuals over and over again for political gain, and based off what I’ve seen here in Louisiana, the GOP isn’t wrong.