Almost immediately after the passage of the Affordable Care Act also nicknamed Obamacare, the GOP has been promising to repeal the huge entitlement program. They claimed that it was just another socialist program put forth by the left to further take the liberty of Americans.
Then as time passed, they discovered that many Americans want some kind of socialized healthcare. This led the GOP leadership to call for repeal and replacement of Obamacare. But replace with what? This has been the big problem, and several men in the Senate are calling for a break check on the fast-track method of repeal and replace.
The Washington Times reports
Sen. Rand Paul on Friday said conservatives are being told to “take it or leave it” when it comes to the emerging House GOP plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, setting up a major clash with leaders hoping to mark up legislation as soon as next week.
Republicans are trying to repeal and replace as much of the Affordable Care Act as they can under a fast-track budget process that allows them to avoid a Democratic filibuster.
The problem with them is the fact that much like the process that brought us Obamacare in the first place is the process being employed by Republicans to produce its replacement. There is no transparency.
The Times continued
Conservatives have cast the plan as a new entitlement, or “Obamacare lite,” and Mr. Paul angered House GOP leaders by searching for the latest draft of the bill on Capitol Hill, saying it’s being kept under lock and key.
“When we heard it was secret, we wanted to see it even more,” Mr. Paul said.
Relevant committees have said they aren’t trying to hide anything, but rather fine-tune their legislation before it’s held out for debate and amendments.
The question is, why is the replacement itself not a problem? Paul is popular for being a Libertarian thinking politician. Why is he not asking where the Constitution gives the federal government the right to do this in the first place?
Real lovers of liberty will be as hateful toward Obamacare Lite as they were against Obamacare, as it is as hateful to their liberty as its predecessor.