The Republican health care bill was doomed before the GOP even attempted to play in that sandbox. The left-leaning Democrats and some Republicans considered any monkeying with the existing Affordable Care Act to be mean and heartless. The conservative members of Congress see any bill trying to fix Obamacare as being unconstitutional, and rather than have the Obamacare law revamped and adjusted, they want a repeal of the egregious federal intrusion into the private health care sector. In short, there were not enough votes for the recent Senate attempt to revamp Obamacare, and so the Senate Republicans were forced to pull the bill, and the "repeal and replace" plan for Obamacare once again goes back to square one.
Hear that? The sound you hear is the clamor of the can getting kicked down the road, again, as Obamacare continues to rip and tear through our society on its designed path towards single-payer communist and unconstitutional federal control over an industry that isn't even mentioned as an authority to the federal government in the U.S. Constitution.
The deadline could not be met, and the fighting was met with little or no compromise. Obamacare lives, and now the GOP plans to fix their efforts on other issues, like reforming the income tax structure, and preparing for the next round of leftist-caused chaos regarding Trump's extreme vetting executive order the Supreme Court released the judiciary shackles from.
McConnell called the healthcare fight a "big, complicated subject." In reality, it's not complicated at all, but the bureaucracy and refusal to stand up to the socialist attacks against our system being perpetuated by the liberal left Democrats has made it complicated.
After seven years of promising repeal, the Republicans simply cannot bring themselves to get rid of Obamacare. It is almost as if they want to keep it in place, but tweak it in such a way that it more closely fits their own political needs. It's almost like they are saying, "Hey, we can't get rid of the big government monstrosity, so we are going to try and revamp it in such a manner that it fits the appetite of conservatism."
Their claim is an oxymoron.
Repeal the sucker, and give the idea of a healthcare safety net back to the individual States. The internal issue of healthcare is none of the federal government's business.
You can't satisfy the conservatives with any plan because the idea of any federal intrusion into the healthcare industry cannot be considered small government nor conservative no matter how much you manipulate it or try to force the round peg through a square hole.
The House couldn't do it, and now the Senate has learned they can't do it. Repeal it, and be done with it.
According to the liberal left, an estimated 22 million people would lose their coverage if the Obamacare law is repealed, or adjusted by the GOP. The alleged 22 million folks, by the way, are also the same people who were forced to buy insurance they couldn't afford, and the same people who could have used their State programs prior to the emergence of Obamacare, of which Obamacare killed because State programs were a threat to federal control over the industry.
The federal government cannot afford the cost of Obamacare, or a tweaked version of it, and it's outside the federal government's constitutional authority. It cannot be compromised because Democrats want socialism and conservatives want full repeal. The establishment Republicans can't seem to figure that out. Any Obamacare healthcare bill is destined to die on the vine. Repeal Obamacare, pass laws that reduce federal intrusion and promotes the free market, and then get out of the way. That is the best thing for Congress to do, at this point.
On this issue, compromise is simply not possible.
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