If congressional — and especially Senate — Republicans ever thought that Americans criticized them unfairly for their inability to govern, have they got some explaining to do after letting two separate opportunities to finally begin the process of dismantling the disaster that is Obamacare slip by them in a single week.
First, GOP Senate leaders refused to take up a House-passed bill (that barely passed after scores of Republican congressmen refused to sign on) and instead were going to offer their own sort-of, kind-of repeal-and-replace bill. When that didn’t work out, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said on Tuesday he would instead send to the chamber a full repeal-only measure — the same one that all Republican senators voted for in 2011 and 2015. (RELATED: Latest GOP effort to replace Obamacare fails because a FEW Republicans are hypocrites)
But now, even that measure is being opposed — and by some of the very same Republican senators who voted for both of those repeals.
One is Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski; another is Maine Sen. Susan Collins; a third is Shelly Moore Capito of West Virginia. All three of them were all over Obamacare repeal — when they knew then-President Obama would veto those bills.
Now, as we can see, they never really intended to support a real effort to repeal Obamacare, as evidenced by the pitiful excuses they are offering now in opposition to the same legislation they once supported.
“My position on this issue is driven by its impact on West Virginians. With that in mind, I cannot vote to repeal ObamaCare without a replacement plan that addresses my concerns and the needs of West Virginians," Capito said in a statement.
Really? Then why would your conscience let you vote to repeal it twice before, Sen. Moore Capito?
“We can’t just hope that we will pass a replacement within the next two years. Repealing without a replacement would create great uncertainty for individuals who rely on the [Affordable Care Act] and cause further turmoil in the insurance markets," said Collins.
Really? How come you weren’t worried about this in 2011 and 2015? And why do you have to “replace” Obamacare — why do you feel like the government should control the relationship customers and patients have with insurance companies and healthcare providers? Why do you believe those relationships are any of your business?
“No. I said back in January that if we're going to do a repeal there has to be a replacement. There's enough chaos and uncertainty already,” noted Murkowski.
Really? Why weren’t you saying this in 2011 and 2015, Sen. Murkowski? Why did you wait until January?
The fact of the matter is, constituents are not on the minds of these self-centered hypocrites, because if they were, they would be falling all over themselves to vote for the very same repeal legislation they once supported. Instead, now they’re looking for any excuse they can find not to vote for Obamacare repeal.
The question is, why?
Well, Murkowski is holding out for billions of dollars in federal taxpayer funds. Collins? She finds so little in common with the GOP she ought to just stop pretending and become a Democrat already; she believes more taxpayer money should be spent in a bigger giveaway of health care freebies even as our country nears $20 trillion in debt. Ditto for Moore Capito; her state is so poor (and hooked on opioids) she refuses to give up any Medicaid money.
So the rest of America has to continue a) subsidizing people who ought to be buying their own coverage; b) trying to decide whether to buy health insurance or pay their rent, and c) buy coverage with deductibles so high it’s like not having any insurance to begin with.
Thanks, ladies. We all recognize your selfishness.
President Donald J. Trump has now said he’ll let Obamacare collapse so that Democrats will come crawling to the GOP to help fix their disaster. That’s great political strategy but it’s horrible for the country; every American requires healthcare at some point.
Not only that, Republicans repeatedly — for seven years — promised repeal of this horrible law. Now when the time comes to do so, they won’t deliver?
I can’t think of any bigger political betrayal than this.
J.D. Heyes is a senior writer for NaturalNews.com and NewsTarget.com, as well as editor of The National Sentinel.