Republicans have pledged for several years to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. It has been a rallying cry for most members in a party that rally comes together under one unifying message. Yet for all these years of rhetoric, Republicans have failed to follow through in the several months they’ve had control of Congress and the White House.
The failure has been often blamed by opponents of the repeal measures, as it is now. The Graham-Cassidy Bill, a nickname for the current repeal effort being spearheaded by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA), appears as though it will fail like the rest.
Republican senators have been venting frustration through the media and President Donald Trump has taken aim at Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Twitter, calling him a negative force. Trump is using misleading words to insinuate that Paul doesn’t want to repeal Obamacare when nothing could be further from the truth. Paul does want to repeal Obamacare, but when he says it, he actually means it.
Just because the legislation says it does something doesn’t mean it is so. Was the Patriot Act patriotic? For a more recent example, was the USA Freedom Act about preserving freedom?
The problem here is that Paul isn’t the negative force at work. Republicans campaigned for years on repealing Obamacare on the grounds that it was excessive government and damaging to the economy. Does the Graham-Cassidy legislation honestly role back the size of government and free the healthcare industry of the government bureaucracy?
Absolutely not, in Paul’s opinion.
Paul has in recent days criticized the legislation for maintaining Obamacare, keeping the taxes in place, and failing to adequately tackle spending. Essentially, as Senator Paul has noted, it is Obamacare under a different name. Does a Republican incarnation of Obamacare make it any better than the Democratic version?
It’s a question of principle at this point.
Paul, Trump and the remainder of Capitol Hill Republicans all campaigned on repealing Obamacare. The limited government message has become a popular campaign message, as has reduction of taxes and decreasing spending.
So why is this so difficult for Republicans to grasp?
Trump seems eager to start fights, but instead of fighting for his campaign promises, he’s fighting against those who wish to keep it for him. For all his rhetoric about draining the swamp, he’s protecting the swamp from any serious efforts to drain it. He even spoke in favor of Mitch McConnell’s crony, Luther Strange, last night as he fights to keep a constitutional champion out of the Senate.
The Graham-Cassidy bill doesn’t go far enough to undo the mess that Obamacare has created for the healthcare markets. Obamacare has been a blessing onto the healthcare industry, but a disaster for hardworking people across the country. Republicans were returned to power in part because of a promise to restore freedom and open up the markets.
What are campaign promises worth to Republican politicians in Washington D.C.?
Paul is virtually the only man in the swamp with the backbone to keep the promise alive. If the goal is to truly repeal Obamacare and not just replace it with a Republican version, he is the one taking a stand. Mainstream Republicans, including Trump, should be ashamed of themselves for wasting an opportunity to follow through on a key campaign promise.