Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Political Consequences of not passing the AHCA for Republicans

The political consequences of failure to pass the American Healthcare Act will be significant. And based on what Mitch McConnell said in response to a question at a Rotary Club event in Kentucky on Saturday, failure is looking likely. Add to that the comment by Senator Toomey of PA. that the reason for this muddle is the Republican Party was not ready with a bill to replace the AHCA because they didn’t think they were going to win the White House. Really? You’ve only had seven years to come up with a plan.
Senator McConnell actually said that if the Republicans can’t pass a bill, they will have to do something to stabilize the medical insurance market. Under what law does the medical insurance companies operate? The Affordable Healthcare Act, ergo, the Republicans will be reaching out to the Democrats. Why?
Politically, they have to. After promising the American people a plan to replace Obamacare; not doing so followed by doing nothing to keep the current system from failing cannot be blamed on the Democrats. THEY are in power, THEY have the responsibility to do what is in the best interest of the country. The Republican base needs to look at the situation with a dispassionate perspective. But I fear they won’t or can’t. Were the situation reversed, I’m not sure the Democratic base would either.
Now, they could still be in trouble even if they do pass it. If you think Obamacare was a mess, you ain’t seen nothing yet. They cannot create a true free-market healthcare solution from a complicated crony-capitalist based scheme. They can only revert to the Republican playbook for policy prescriptions guaranteed to mollify their “base.” I fear failure is inevitable. So, which plan will be better?
They both suck so it’s a moot question. The Republicans will get their asses handed to them come 2018 either way.
If the Republicans want to endear themselves to the American people before the 2018 mid-term elections; here’s an idea, get Donald Trump to resign.
The trend line is not good. And if there’s any fire to the news breaking today about Donald Jr.’s meeting last June with a Russian offering information on Hillary Clinton, it won’t be getting better.
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