As the Obamacare saga continues, what will be inflicted on the American people by self-serving politicians next? If the president’s tweets are any indication, he will be working with Democrats in Congress to replace the ACA.
Last week a federal judge ruled Obamacare unconstitutional due to the individual mandate being stripped in tax legislation passed in 2017. He noted that, because the individual mandate was not severable from the law, since it was removed, the law is no longer constitutional.
Predictably, the caterwauling from Democrats was immediate, shrill, and continuous. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) took to Meet the Press, promising to take it back to court, using the word “awful” approximately 8,000 times in less than four minutes to describe the decision. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), in hackneyed Democrat fashion, described the GOP as “monstrous,” ascribing the worst possible motives to her political opponents. As usual.
Why is Obamacare even an issue anymore, you ask? Haven’t Republicans been promising to repeal it since it was passed nearly a decade ago? Haven’t Republicans passed dozens of “repeal” bills in the House under the Obama presidency? Yes they did because, by golly, they were on the side of the American people who didn’t want government-run healthcare. And, as we’ve often heard from Republicans, they couldn’t get it done because they didn’t have the Legislative and the Executive branches of government.
But then they did. When Donald Trump was elected, the former proponent of Single-payer healthcare promised to sign legislation repealing Obamacare—and even advocated it. But Republicans didn’t deliver.
So now, after losing 40 seats in the midterms, the President will have to deal with a Democrat-run House, and the Republicans can go back to bemoaning those rascally Democrats and all of the legislation they could pass if only they had the House!
Fast forward back to this week, the president declared the judge’s ruling “great news for America,” Democrats promise to sue, and Donald Trump suggests working with Democrats to get something passed:
The question that should be on all our minds is: What kind of “great HealthCare” will he agree to from the Democrats when next to nothing got done from his own (current) Party?
Trump’s claim to fame is making great deals. However, the primary issue on which he ran—a border wall—did not come close to getting done when Republicans had both branches of government necessary to pass legislation (and it’s a popular issue to boot). Furthermore, he foolishly agreed to take the blame for an impending government shutdown over funding for the wall last week, but reversed himself this week, apparently discarding with ease the main issue on which people supported him.
So now, because Republicans didn’t get it done, the President is volunteering to work with the Democrats to pass some sort of healthcare legislation. Do you think it’s going to be good, market-based reform which will lower costs and increase access for Americans? Don’t hold your breath.