In previous attempts, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell could not muster the necessary Republican votes to successfully pass the repeal. It seems too many senators were wrapped around the axle in terms of criticizing any proposed replacement for Obamacare and thus unwilling to give their vote to the repeal. This time around, although some of those same feelings exist among a handful of senators, they are feeling pressure from their constituents and staring at the September deadline when the current status will be set in concrete—we will have to live with this disaster called Obamacare if nothing is done.
The truth of the matter is this: Obamacare will implode by design and then Congress will have to face up to the fact that something must be done even if it means tossing more money into the bottomless pit that the Democrats and Barack Obama threw the American people in. Over time, that dark hole is going to become increasingly expensive and economically oppressive to a broad cross-section of Americans. The senator or senators who have not thought that through should give time to reflect on it and consider some level of compromise to filling the hole in permanently.
Ultimately, the American people would like to see the government move out of healthcare. If we remain mired in Obamacare, then there will be only one alternative down the road. Yes, I am speaking of that innocently labeled concept called “single-payer,” which is code for “government-run medical insurance.” All one has to do is look at the VA to realize that the federal government has no place running healthcare. Government involvement will gum up the works and things that were expensive will become even more expensive over time. Ultimately, the taxpayer gets the bill.
The current alternative to Obamacare would send the administration of healthcare back to each state along with federal block money to help support it. Is this a great idea? Not really, because government will still be overly involved in healthcare—just at the state level. The upside of this option is that states should operate within a “balanced budget" as opposed to a federal government, which has been running for years via continuing resolution—the ultimate open checkbook into the taxpayers pocket. At least by going this route, we are moving away from “nationalized medicine” and, at the same time, heading off a program that down the road will only continue to expand the size of the federal government.
But do not kid yourself. This is not just a simple matter of a few senators sitting down at the table and making a compromise. The ugly truth about things inside the Beltway is that most of it is “for sale,” including political influence. There are those who prefer to see us locked into Obamacare so they can watch it explode in the face of America—a huge economic blow to the middle income earner in this country and to the poor as well. Down the road, Obamacare can lead to only one outcome—the “haves” and the “have nots,” and the “haves” will be small in number. There is no greater challenge to be faced by middle-income America than Obamacare’s future but that reality is lost on those who are driven by power and greed. For those who want to see the USA living under a socialist flag, Obamacare is their ticket.
So as this take it or leave it deadline approaches, keep your eyes on Mitch McConnell, John Cornyn, and John McCain to see if they are up to their usual back-stabbing ways designed to feather their own nests and lick the boots of those who bought them with dollars to their campaign war chests. Leadership is a skill and today very little of it exists among these men. On the other hand, they have mastered the art of whining and making empty promises which the bulk of the American people will not forget when they enter the voting booths next time. You can count on that.
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