It looks like nearly everyone is happy! Now that the Obamacare replacement bill was removed from the House agenda, both sides of the political spectrum feel rescued from a bad bill. Democrats thought it would diminish Obamacare. Republicans thought it was too much like Obamacare. This is a classic example of how “governing from the middle” can be a total flop.
The fact that no vote was officially taken means the Republicans lacked the numbers for it to pass and they didn’t want to humiliate themselves. However, we can still see how the members were likely to vote because The New York Times printed a whip list for us to examine.
If the government would get out of the healthcare industry, the prices would lower themselves. The bill Paul Ryan promoted failed to incorporate the reforms necessary for healthcare costs to deflate. It retained the main driver behind the price escalation—the insurance mandates.
The quickest way to reduce the cost of healthcare is to get the government out of it. When the Congress implements ideas that reduce the cost of healthcare, the cost of the insurance will reduce naturally.
I never was able to call Obamacare “The Affordable Care Act” because it would violate my conscience to promote a lie. Anything that did so much damage to our healthcare system by driving up prices of medical insurance, cannot honestly be called “affordable”. Referring to it as the “Affordable Care Act” is not just a euphemism, it’s a falsehood.
Obamacare was not designed with the people in mind. It was designed with the lobbyists in mind—the lobbyists for the insurance industries and the hospital industries. Those flaws continued to exist in the Ryan bill. As a result, the newly proposed bill regurgitated more of the same old ideas repackaged under the Republican banner.
Unfortunately, some of the Democrats are acting like they won just because the Republicans are taking more time to deliberate. They should not throw it up in people’s faces like this is a win. The blame for the damage done to our healthcare industry belongs at the feet of the Democratic party.
It’s likely that Obamacare will implode on its own. As costs continue to increase, more healthy people will save money by getting their healthcare needs met outside the insurance model. As the insurance pool becomes top-heavy with sick people, fewer insurance choices will be available. History will blame the Democratic party for their promotion of a failed Socialistic experiment.
Whatever the Republicans pass will ultimately be owned by them. That’s why those who advertise themselves to be in favor of freedom must show a clear distinction between themselves and the Democrats. Thankfully, the lack of action shows the American people that a few Republicans won’t just pass a bill because their party wrote it. Those who feel badly about the defeat of this bill didn’t read it either. They were misled into thinking this would solve our problems and was a full repeal of Obamacare, which it was not!
The Republicans in the Freedom Caucus deserve credit for sparing our Country of a huge mistake. Were it not for them, the rank and file Republicans would have passed this. The members of the Freedom Caucus forced the other members to look at WHAT IS IN THE BILL and took the time to read it before they were willing to pass it. They also proved that they care more about doing what is right than pleasing the leadership of their caucus.
Those of us in favor of limited government just won a tremendous victory.
This cartoon summarizes the problem:
What were your thoughts on the Obamacare replacement?
I am optimistic that the Congress, FOR WHATEVER REASON, just veered away from more anti-Constitutional Socialism. Don’t get confused over personalities and the players on the field. Just be glad we dodged another bullet!
You’ll enjoy hearing our show this week as we talk with Constitutional Scholar, Herb Titus. He holds up the Constitutional measuring stick to share how we’re doing.
WHAT YOU CAN DO…
1.) Let’s send them a message! We elected them to uphold their constitutional duties. Look at the bottom of this article to see if your representative was planning on voting for the replacement bill. Although no vote was actually taken, use this as a teachable moment. Tell them they work for “we the people”, not the lobbyists!
If you’re from Missouri, you need to know that all of your Republican members of Congress were planning to support this bad piece of legislation:
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A LITTLE BIT OF HUMOR
It’s sad that all Missouri Republican House members can’t see and understand what Cynthia understands. When will masses understand that the federal government has no business regulating and subsidizing the health insurance business? I recommend that all read an article today by Stephen Moore entitled “The False Compassion of Liberalism.”
Thanks for suggesting the book….may look at it. I’m totally convinced this ‘liberal compassion’ is one giant non-sequitur.
SO conflicted on the whole thing. 1-I KNEW Obamacare was wrong from the get-go, though elimination of maximums and pre-existing was needed for family stability; 2-O’Care was never about health care, but gov’t control in the long run. Redistribution was window dressing; 3-Health INSURANCE does not equal health CARE. I knew the fix was in when the media–inexplicably–could find NO examples of hardship or failure, ignoring Gruber. I personally know people who are helped by it, but don’t know how struggling families can afford deductibles and copays, now escalating premiums. Seems we were better off before, since now we have the worst of the 2 previous systems: Gatekeepers/networks AND personal deductibles! These were opposites originally! Amazing!!! 4-The end is near when so many people think a-the gov’t can solve your personal problems; b-it’s someone else’s responsibility to take care of themselves AND you.; c-the gov’t is a giant ATM.
Probably should clarify point b- it’s someone else’s responsibility to take care of YOU.
Why can we just get a simple Obamacare repeal bill and get the government out of health care. By doing this, we will have lower bills, more doctors to choose from and lower prescription drug prices that will come from deregulation. If the (Ryan) bill were to come to a vote on the house floor and I was a member of congress, I would vote no on this bill.