Congress is already taking the steps needed for dismantling Obamacare and fulfilling their promise to voters.
I asked at the end of November if the Republicans would launch an aggressive assault aimed at dismantling Obamacare. It seems that we are already getting an answer to that question.
The Washington Post reports,
Congressional Republicans on Wednesday launched their long-promised effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, even as they acknowledged that they may need several months to develop a replacement along conservative lines.
Signifying how enormous a priority the issue is for the incoming administration, Vice President-elect Mike Pence met privately to discuss it with House and Senate Republicans. He offered no details afterward about what a new health-care law might look like but vowed to unwind the existing one through a mixture of executive actions and legislation.
You will notice a negative slant in the story that only gets stronger throughout the rest of it. Liberals are implying that, unless Republicans have a detailed proposal planned out in advance, they shouldn’t touch Obamacare. This is an intimidation campaign.
It is fascinating that the media never talks about the fact that Barack Obama made up details about Obamacare (“If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor”) but they claim that Republicans are blameworthy for not giving enough details.
But the Democrats are desperate.
Meanwhile, President Obama made a rare Capitol Hill appearance, meeting behind closed doors with Democrats from both chambers. He urged members of his party not to help the GOP devise a new health-care law.
The dueling high-level visits, on the same day that the Senate opened debate on a budget resolution that would begin rolling back the law, highlighted the sharp political fault lines that surround the future of the government’s health policies.
The president, who was accompanied by Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Rep. Frederica S. Wilson (D-Fla.) as he entered the Capitol, took no questions from reporters before or after the nearly two-hour meeting. But participants said he told members of his party that they did not have to “rescue” Republicans and that they should “stay strong” as the GOP strives to replace the law.
It seems that Democrats are hoping that voters will turn against Republicans if they take away insurance from those who have it under Obamacare.
I used to worry about this. I thought it might become an opportunity for Democrats.
But it won’t happen.
Yes, there are people who got insurance and are glad to have it. But there are far more people who are paying higher prices for insurance they can’t afford to use and who don’t even have a choice of providers. Simply put, giving these people relief is going to matter more politically than the few who would be hurt by the change.
That’s the way majority rule works.
Furthermore, it won’t be the Republicans’ fault if people are hurt. Obama created an unworkable, unsustainable program. He owns the resulting pain as the GOP tries to fix his mess.
Dismantling Obamacare will mean Republican victories over Democrats for many more election cycles.