The three Senate Republicans betray the GOP promise to repeal Obamacare even though it led voters to put them in power.
Why do these Republicans betray voters? The “repeal” that is being proposed is quite anemic. It would mean repeal of the Affordable Care Act after two years. With the delayed repeal passed, the members of Congress who think government-run or -funded healthcare is a good idea could work with Democrats and pass a monstrosity as they wish.
Never has it been so clear that many GOP office holders are just as much believers in the welfare state as Democrats!
But at least they would have nominally kept their promise which galvanized voters in 2010, 2014, and 2016. Why would any Republicans betray that promise?
Bloomberg reports, “McConnell’s New Obamacare Repeal Lacks GOP Votes to Pass.”
GOP Senators Susan Collins, Shelley Moore Capito and Lisa Murkowski said Tuesday they’ll oppose a repeal of the Affordable Care Act. McConnell said late Monday the Senate would vote on a repeal with a two-year delay to give Congress time to agree on a replacement, but he could afford to lose no more than two Republican votes to advance the measure.
“We’ll let Obamacare fail” and then Democrats may want to agree on a replacement, President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House. “I’m not going to own it.”
McConnell told reporters the Senate will vote on a repeal bill “in the near future.” If that vote fails, “That doesn’t mean the problems all go away,” he said, adding that he expects Republican and Democratic committee leaders to hold hearings on what to do. “We’ll have to see what the way forward is.”
But Collins of Maine told reporters that repealing the law now and then hoping for a replacement “would create great anxiety for individuals who rely on the ACA.” She said she would oppose bringing a repeal bill up for debate. “I believe it would cause the insurance markets to go into turmoil.”
Capito of West Virginia said she would refuse to take up a repeal plan without an adequate replacement. “I did not come to Washington to hurt people,” she said in a statement.
Murkowski of Alaska also said she would refuse to take up a repeal-alone measure.
“There’s enough chaos and uncertainty already and this would just contribute to it,” Murkowski told reporters. She said she wants a fix that would stabilize individual insurance markets and leave Medicaid unchanged, and that lawmakers should work on a bipartisan measure in committee.
What about the anxiety of people forced to buy garbage insurance at prices that impoverish them? Don’t they count. What about the chaos caused by Obamacare? Why is that preferable to the chaos of repeal?