We were promised Congress would have an Obamacare repeal bill on President Donald Trump’s desk basically the day after his inauguration, but we’ve only seen Obamacare repeal bills dead on arrival thus far.And to describe the proposed “repeal and replace” plans as such would be misleading at best, as none actually repeal Obamacare. After passing countless bills to repeal Obamacare when Barack Obama was in the White House, Congressional Republicans have all of a sudden “forgotten” how to pass a bill. Much of the debate has come over what to replace Obamacare with, which is analogous to a group of surgeons waiting to remove a cancer from a patient because they can’t decide what to replace it with.
Trump himself has encouraged Congress to simply repeal Obamacare to get it over with, and then worry about a replacement later, and that’s looking like the best bet as of now, because it appears the latest “repeal and replace” is dead in the Senate.
As The Sacramento Bee reported, the initial GOP bill to repeal and replace the nation’s health law is probably “dead” and President Donald Trump’s proposal to just repeal it appears to be a “non-starter,” two moderate Republican senators indicated Sunday as their party scrambled to salvage faltering legislation.
“We don’t know what the plan is,” said Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La. “Clearly, the draft plan is dead. Is the serious rewrite plan dead? I don’t know.”Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said it may now be time for Republicans to come up with a new proposal with support from Democrats.
Seriously? A lot of conservatives may be thinking it’s time to come up with some new senators.
“I think my view is it’s probably going to be dead,” McCain said of the GOP bill. If Democrats are included, he said, it doesn’t mean “they control it. It means they can have amendments considered. And even when they lose, then they’re part of the process. That’s what democracy is supposed to be all about.”Yes, exactly what happened when Democrats were in control and shoved through the original Obamacare bill with ZERO GOP support.
Signaling his pessimism as well, Sen. Chuck Grassley wrote on Twitter late Saturday that Republicans will lose their Senate majority if they don’t pass health care legislation. The Iowa Republican said the party should be “ashamed” that it hasn’t been able to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.Three Republican senators (Bob Corker, Charles Grassley, and John Boozman) have withheld their support for the Senate bill in just the past week, making ten defectors total, far more than enough to prevent the bill from passing.