(NationalSentinel)Â On Friday, theÂ Washington Post published excepts of what was supposed to be a closed-door meeting of Republican lawmakers at their annual retreat in Philadelphia discussing what to do about Obamacare.
What was disturbing about this is, according to the excerpts that the Post published–which were emailed to that paper and other news outlets by a coward and a liar from an anonymous email address–Republican congressmen and senators are more worried about how a repeal-and-replace bill will affectÂ them politically then they are about how Obamacare is ravaging average Americans (which include the majority of people in a majority of congressional districtsÂ who sent them to D.C. in the first place).
Per the Post:
The recording reveals a GOP that appears to be filled with doubts about how to make good on a long-standing promise to get rid of Obamacare without explicit guidance from President Trump or his administration.
Senators and House members expressed a range of concerns about the task ahead: how to prepare a replacement plan that can be ready to launch at the time of repeal; how to avoid deep damage to the health insurance market; how to keep premiums affordable for middle-class families; even how to avoid the political consequences of defunding Planned Parenthood, the womenâ€™s health-care organization, as many Republicans hope to do with the repeal of the ACA.
â€œWeâ€™d better be sure that weâ€™re prepared to live with the market weâ€™ve createdâ€ with repeal, said Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.). â€œThatâ€™s going to be called Trumpcare. Republicans will own that lock, stock and barrel, and weâ€™ll be judged in the election less than two years away.â€
â€œOur goal, in my opinion, should be not a quick fix. We can do it rapidly â€” but not a quick fix,â€ said Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.). â€œWe want a long-term solution that lowers costs.â€Â
Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) warned his colleagues that the estimated budget savings from passing the Obamacare repeal bill â€” which Republicans say could approach a half-trillion dollars â€” are needed to fund the costs of setting up a replacement. â€œThis is going to be what weâ€™ll need to be able to move to that transition,â€ he said.
Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Tex.) worried that one idea floated by Republicans â€” a refundable tax credit â€” would not work for middle-class families that cannot afford to prepay their premiums and wait for a tax refund.
And Rep. John Faso (R-N.Y.), a freshman congressman from the Hudson Valley, warned strongly against using the repeal of the ACA to also defund Planned Parenthood. â€œWe are just walking into a gigantic political trap if we go down this path of sticking Planned Parenthood in the health insurance bill,â€ he said. â€œIf you want to do it somewhere else, I have no problem, but I think we are creating a political minefield for ourselves â€” House and Senate.â€
Note to Republicans:Â Get a grip. Repealing Obamacare is a lay-up in the basketball court of politics, first and foremost. Nobody on it likes it, tens of millions of Americans can no longer afford insurance coverage or the out-of-pocket expenses associated with seeing a health care provider, and businesses are shedding full-time positions because they can’t afford to cover the costs.
What in the hell are you waiting for?
That Republicans campaignedÂ on this issue–for years–andÂ are still too timid, politically, to get rid of what has to be the worst piece of legislation in the modern era is an outrage and an insult to every single person who voted for them.
First, Americans were told that Republicans couldn’t do anything because they didn’t have the House.Â We gave them the House and the powerÂ of the purse. Nothing.
Then they said they couldn’t do anything because they didn’t have the HouseÂ and Senate.Â So we gave them the HouseÂ and Senate. Nothing.
Then they said they couldn’t do anything without the House, SenateÂ and the White House.Â We gave them the House, the Senate and the White House–along with a president who, like them, campaigned, in part, on repealing and replacing Obamacare.
President TrumpÂ still wants to repeal and replace the law. Unlike the timid Republicans,Â he’s focused on the American people, not his next run for elected office.
“They own it right now. So the easiest thing would be to let it implode in 2017 and, believe me, we’d get pretty much whatever he wanted. But it would take a long time,” Trump said Jan. 11, when he gave his first press conference.
“We’re going to be submitting, as soon as he is approved, we’ll almost simultaneously â€” shortly thereafter â€” have a plan. It will be repeal and replace. It will be simultaneously,” he added.
“Frankly, we could sit back…and it was a thought, from a political standpoint,Â but it wouldn’t be fair to the people…we could sit back and wait, and watch, and criticize…andÂ they would come [Democrats] begging us, ‘Please, we have to do something about Obamacare,” Trump said.
ButÂ no. He wants to fix itÂ now, not later,Â because it isÂ hurting the people. And Republicans areÂ balking? Why?Â They are there because their constituentsÂ want them to repeal Obamacare!Â How much easier can an issue get?
Republicans, stop worrying about what the Washington establishment press thinks about you–they don’t like youÂ now, never have, and theyÂ stillÂ won’tÂ like you, even if you “save” Planned Parenthood funding (though your constituents will be ticked off).Â Do the right thing for the people. ForÂ once.
Let Trump be your guide and your strength.