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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Why The GOP Won’t Repeal Obamacare — Even If They Win

Why The GOP Won’t Repeal Obamacare — Even If They Win

Republicans are likely to leave the Affordable Care Act in place, but only because their backers in the insurance industry fear the alternative.

“If I’m the leader of the majority next year, I commit to the American people that the repeal of Obamacare will be job one.”

– Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, on Fox News Sunday

“If you thought it was a good idea for the federal government to go in this direction, I’d say the odds are still on your side. Because it’s a lot harder to undo something than it is to stop it in the first place.”

– Mitch McConnell, in Elizabethtown, KY, on Monday

With the Supreme Court ruling upholding the core of the Affordable Care Act, Republicans at every level have renewed their promise to repeal it. It is Mitt Romney’s “Day One” task. Because Chief Justice John Roberts upheld the individual mandate under the taxing power in the Constitution, conservatives such as economist Keith Hennessy and Virginia Attorney General Ken Cucinelli argue, the penalties for non-compliance are now a “tax,” and the mandate can be repealed under the federal budget reconciliation process, which can’t be filibustered in the Senate. That is, just 50 senators, along with a Republican vice president to break the tie, can repeal the mandate.

This is true – though the Court’s decision has nothing to do with it.

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  • Ah, NUTS! Some do want the Affordable Health Care Act Repealed, so they can get another shot at establishing a Single – Payer, National Health Care Plan. It would also give the Country an opportunity to debate the Prior First Question – – that , George Will, the famed Columnist, has raised: DOES THE NATION AND IT’S PEOPLE, HAVE A MORAL IMPERATIVE TO OFFER/PROVIDE DECENT HEALTH CARE TO ALL CITIZENS OF THE U.S.?



    • Rich, I am among those who would have preferred the Single Payer option, but I understand that progress can only be achieved incrementally in a societe where a mandate to get coverage from for-profit insurance companies is regarded as socialist. The mandate, if implemented, will be a bonanza for the insurance industry and it is likely to result in lower premiums after a few years. I would not be surprised if the insurance industry is already asking Romney and the rest of the GOP to back off from the repeal strategy. As Christians and members of a society that considers itself champions of freedom and democracy, as well as a compasionate and tolerate nation, we do have a moral obligation to ensure ALL citizens have access to affordable and effective medical care, and education. If we don’t, we should abandon all pretenses and embrace the anti-Christ as our ideal spiritual leader and moral compass. Healthcare reform, however, goes well beyond moral issues as it has a direct impact not only on the welfare of our population but on the ability of our corporations to be competitive.

    • Don’t worry we will end up with Single-Payer. ACA is a good step towards it, it will help a lot of people get coverage, and is the first real movement forward since Medicare and Medicaid.

    • Don

      I am part of the New Jersey Health Plan for all teachers and government workers who retire. We get our Med from Medco real cheaper generic drugs and see a doctor with a $10 co-pay and that is it!

    • james shrum

      yea some do the DEMOCRATS do and they will get the single payer one of these days ,it is coming . it is the cheapest way for healthcare . the biggest losers are the insurance companies they can’t charge those high prices any more . no more billion dollar proffits .The insurance companies will have a part to play but not like they do now . I know that rich health insurance companies Tremble at the thought of single payay . So does BIG PHARMA>the price of medicine will get cheaper ,no more$ 5.00 for a pill or even higher.

  • William Deutschlander

    The only certainty here is that the GOP will tell whatever fantasy they think will energize their illiterate base!

    • ChristoD

      William, you summarized EXACTLY why our country is so polorized. They may not be illiterate per se but they sure accept lies, misinformation, inuendos, fraudulant documents, etc. as fact. I think it is called accepted ignorance. In addition the dumb MF don’t seem to realize that they are working against their own self interest. UNBELIEVABLE DUMB !

      • brooklyn1935

        Well said.

  • howa4x

    This it typical of Republicans. They always run on an anti abortion plank. Mitt Romney went so far as to say he would repeal Roe on day 1, but recent history says differently. During the 1st term of GWB they had majorities in both houses and the presidency. Not one bill was put forward to end Roe. Not a peep. During that same period of their majority they put forward no plan to reform health care, or insurance rules, and won’t do it now. Why? Because the individual mandate is a republican idea, put forward by the Heritage foundation as an answer to Hillary care. So if they repeal the law completely, what’s next? So now we have the makings of the 1st lie of the republicans, and the 2nd lie is they won’t repeal Roe.

    They fire up the base who is made up of angry white men, get elected and steal from them, and everybody else. That is the republican way!

    • james shrum

      the GOP don’t want to repeel any thing they just want to use that year in and year out to get the people to vote for them Just like they do with the abortion issue Roev wade they couldn’t care less . Thgey will use the healthcare law year in and year out to get some people to vote for them . Some people never learn that they are being used by the GOP to get their way . why can’t the people that vote for the GOP see that they are being used ? I don’t understand it at all.

  • ChristoD

    It is good to see that McConnell will shift his job 1 to something other than defeating this President. What an a—— and he is ugly TOO ! ;->

    • Mitch McConnell is a practicing necrophiliac. Look it up.

  • tokoloshi27

    ACA may have already destroyed “health-care” “insurance” by never really recognizing what it is that it was written to cover. Since the 2009 powers-that-were focused entirely on financial minutae and ignored the trial lawyer rake-off, moves to amend, repeal or revise from that perspective can only be applauded. Eliminating that waste first, so that the true costs of actual health-care are identified; is required to determine what future regulation will need to cover, cost-wise.

    The regulations and especially the levels of Government over-bearing oversight have to be radically trimmed. Boehner’s halting delivery notwithstanding, clearly that is the direction that current U.S. House leaders have chosen. Suggesting that they are doomed to accept (some? not clear from article) pieces of the previous mish-mash that half the Citizenry have rejected, because of the prior narrow passage of ACA, strikes me as disengenuous.

  • jebediah123

    I was 10 years old when I discovered that hospitals were not run by the government. I was shocked. Making a profit on a desperately ill person? Profiting on some unfortunate circumstance that strikes without warning?

    But I was only 10 years old so you could call me stupid. But I’m now 72 years old and I still don’t understand the “for profit” system that can make someone rich on the misfortune of someone else.

    I detest all religions but isn’t this profit concept sort of contrary to Christian ideals? Where are all the “good christian tea party republicans” that so publicly profess their passion for “PRO-LIFE”. Does love for life and well being of your fellow humans end a day after birth? Whatever your religion (or no religion) there is still a moral law that that says we should care for our fellow human beings. Otherwise, we would be no higher than the animal kingdom.

    • dtgraham

      jebediah123, their concern for the fetus ends precisely seconds after birth. After that, they don’t care. That’s about it. You got that right.

      • at least they don’t care until you are of military age, then the care begins again.

  • jarheadgene

    OH Great, More of Mitch McConnell (spewing garbage) When is his quote going to be “My number one PRIORITY is Americans even if it brings the GOP to it’s knees.

  • TheOldNorthChurch

    If it had anything to do with the American People or the Constitution the Act would already be repealed. Support for this program remains weak. The constitution was set aside for this bill and SOTUS established that the Federal Government can pass “Punitive Taxation”. This was the basis of the American Revolution. Here is what I think is about to happen;

    We are going to experience the “American Fall”. The American People still hold that Government derives its power from the consent of the governed. We now have consistently (Over over two years) had less that 25% of the People believing that the Federal Government has this consent. The Supreme Courts approval rating drop eleven points to a low of 32% last week.

    What will this “American Fall” look like?

    If the Republicans are elected in November and go against the will of the American People those that do so, will not survive 2014 period.

    If the Popular Vote holds at today’s polls and the electoral vote goes to Obama there will be a complete revolt where the American People reform their Government.

    Big Government backed and controlled by Big Business and Big Lobbies as it is today and has been for under Democrat and Republican Administrations is coming to and end.

  • You hit the nail right on the head, that mandate is a cash cow for the private health insurers without it they would close their doors, there is no way they can make a profit covering health without the healthier people paying for their product. Health insurance only works if there are enough healthy people paying into it to cover the expenses of the people who use it the most. The health insurance industry refused to write health insurance until the 3rd and 4th decades of the 20th century simply because they could not make money off of it; they changed their minds when Blue Cross (at that time a non-Profit) showed them that by only insuring large groups through employers, unions, and businesses you could make a profit. It is the reason why individuals and small businesses have such hard time finding affordable coverage and why insurers work so hard to find ways to not cover people who are sick. I laugh every time I read a comment from someone who says “I don’t want to pay for someone else” because that is the underlying structure for any kind of insurance (private and public), the healthier, safer, luckier members who hardly use the insurance are paying to cover the accidents, illnesses, birth defects, cancers and chronic conditions of the sicker unluckier members.

  • In the words of FDR , ‘It takes a long time to bring the past up to the present.’ The GOP is making noise about repeal, but they will do nothing. Doing nothing is an acquired skill that is difficult to break. They’ve become masters of deception and misdirection and all of this ginned up outrage is great theater for their base. That idiot Cantor stated a couple of days ago that the GOP certainly has a plan and it was brought up back in 2009. It contained virtually nothing to begin covering the vulnerable among our citizens. It did nothing to address rising health care cost. It did provide a path for the rush to the bottom with ‘insurance over states line’ drivel, and the old canard about capping malpractice claims. Eventually when the level of nonsense subsides the America people will begin to see the actual results of the ACA and lighten up a bit.

  • “I’m telling you its a TAX. No wait – its a penalty. No damn it, its a TAX. Oh hell. Its whatever you want me to say it is.” — Mitt Romney.

  • In other words reapoealing Obama care is retric or bull.

  • Don

    I have my insurance, get my meds, $5.00 for three months, see a Doc every quarter and everything is aok

  • DurdyDawg

    What I can’t grasp is under Mitten’s watch, Romneycare (a subsidiary of Obamacare) was a proud and working idea.. Now it’s the devil in disguise. IF they win this November, the GOP won’t sacrifice Obamacare, they will simply re-name it Romneycare ll and why would they do such a thing? Because they can! Hail to the new god.. Shake that etch-a-sketch one more time.