The nation as a whole was collectively clutching their ever-increasing health care bills in hope this week, as Congress moved, once again, toward a dramatic change to the Affordable Care Act.
This is not the first, or even the second time that the Trump administration has attempted to repeal and replace the disaster known as Obamacare. The program, nicknamed after the failed President who arbitrarily installed the abhorrent legislation, has been driving the cost of health insurance skyward, drawing complaints from Americans who have become precariously close to financial disaster on account of the program.
Signaled by John McCain and Rand Paul early last week, the vote to repeal Obamacare is once again dead in the water, with republicans pulling the bill before a vote.
“Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) had been pushing for a vote on their legislation that would block-grant federal funds to individual states. But the duo, along with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), chose not to hold a vote because the bill lacked enough support. They delivered the news to their Republican colleagues at a caucus lunch Tuesday, a GOP aide told The Daily Beast.
“’We don’t have the votes,’ said Cassidy, upon leaving that lunch. ‘We made the decision that because we don’t have the votes, we will postpone the vote.’
“Graham told reporters that the GOP conference will return to Graham-Cassidy ‘with a process that gives more attention and time,’ directly addressing concerns from Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and others about the rushed process. Other GOP senators seemed optimistic that they could seal the deal on a seven-year-long campaign promise.
“’The decision was a joint one between Lindsey and Bill and the other two sponsors and also the leader that if the votes are not there, not to have the vote, but not to give up,’ said Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS). ‘We’re going to try to do this in some form in this session of Congress.’”
This latest failure of the republican majority in Congress will likely reignite the American people’s disdain for their ineffectiveness in completing this simple and long-sought-after task.
The effect of Obamacare on middle class families has been felt throughout the entire nation, and is not a partisan issue. Health insurance companies are quickly approaching monopoly-status under the program, driving costs through the roof. This was an enormous part of Donald Trump’s success in the 2016 presidential election, as he was the only candidate promising to repeal and replace the bill as soon as he possibly could.
Unfortunately, the Washington elite, in collusion with the healthcare industry’s special interests groups, have created a stagnation in D.C. that behooves only themselves.