In the eyes of the liberal establishment, ObamaCare must remain in place until the public adjusts to the idea of the federal government running healthcare, and the people who pay for it adjust to getting a whole lot of nothing for their money. But the trick here is that ObamaCare must survive long enough to fail so that the disagreeable notion of the government taking over is more palatable. I give the Left credit for this deception of the American people, but I am fully convinced there are elected officials on both sides of the aisle who desire this very outcome in order to exercise greater power over the people.
Speaker Ryan and his Republican clique had supposedly been working on this “ObamaCare replacement plan” for the past seven years. Obviously they understood it quite well—if that is truly the case—and should have been able to sell its virtues. As it turns out, the Freedom Caucus (from the Republican side) became the pivotal vote in getting this replacement legislation out of the House and to the Senate. The Freedom Caucus did not have the “time investment” in this plan and thus did not have the understanding of its virtues, at least in the eyes of Ryan and company. When members of the caucus questioned the plan and asked for changes that might help the moderates among them save face with constituents in the next election cycle, compromise was not something Ryan and company were interested in. In the end, the necessary votes on the Republican side remained in limbo at the eleventh hour. Once again the Republican leadership was too overly concerned about courting the voter that never has nor ever will vote for them. That concern led to the indecision and a lack of unity once again on their parts.
In pushing for the passage of the Affordable HealthCare Act—now known as ObamaCare—then President Obama promised it would provide healthcare insurance to the 30 million Americans who were without it. Healthcare was represented as a birthright of every American citizen. In addition, each insurance plan had to offer specific coverage whether it was warranted or not, and young adults could stay on their parents’ plans until they were 26. Nevertheless, ObamaCare ended up foisting much of the cost burden onto the backs of the younger generation. Under the individual mandate, those who were young and well were supposed to pay for those who were older and less healthy. What happened instead is that the fine for not having health insurance was still far below the cost of having it. Therefore, the anticipated influx of money from America’s youth never materialized and ObamaCare began to sink. Middle income wage-earners were once again on the hook. The hilariously sad irony of it all is that with all this governmental interference, over 29 million Americans still do not have healthcare coverage and the American taxpayers who were penalized with a fine last year paid in more than three billion dollars to the IRS. Without a doubt, ObamaCare is providing for the aid to a few at the expense of the many and yet the Democrats would rather hold political rank than consider anything that might improve the lot of the American people. At the same time, they will blame the resulting misery on the Republicans, the insurance companies, and the private sector.
Candidate Donald Trump promised repeatedly—and to raucous applause— to repeal ObamaCare on Day One. Self-described “policy wonk” Paul Ryan was in charge of the effort to come up with a plan to replace ObamaCare and Mitch McConnell was expected to deliver the votes. Unfortunately, Mr. McConnell could not muster enough votes to assure passage by the Senate. Most of the time, he was regurgitating his thoughts on the Rules of the Senate—self-imposed rules, I might add, that a simple majority (which the Republicans have) could change at any time. The Republicans would never think of such a thing—why, they’d sooner be snapped with a buggy whip than pull the rug out from under the Democrats and have the media going around saying bad things about them.
In the end, President Donald Trump kept his promise to the American people and I truly believe the majority sees it that way. He attempted to move us away from that ticking time-bomb of ObamaCare. He trusted Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell to get it handled. They failed him just as they failed the American people. I, for one, hope that both of them have to wear that Scarlet Letter for the rest of their political days. Trump realized his error in entrusting this fight to Ryan and McConnell, but by the time it was apparent, it was too late. I do not think he will make that mistake again on any matter coming before his administration.
The Left will run its mouth for a while about saving ObamaCare but ultimately there is no way of saving it—fraudulence eventually reveals its truth. Attempting to do so will only drain the coffers of government and bankrupt its citizens along the way. But you can bet the Democrats will be working hard to find every possible way to prop it up until its “scheduled demise” comes to fruition, and all the while they will wave it in the air and tout it as just one more thing that the Progressive Socialists of the Left have provided for the little man. There were no winners in the failure to remove ObamaCare—not Democrats, not Republicans, and certainly not the American people.
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