First hacks after debacles like the American Health Care Act (AHCA) failure are usually raw and full of emotion. This is no exception. The bill was doomed from inception, and everything the Deplorables hated. Before we discuss any putrid details of the AHCA let’s look at some core elements of why it failed. For years during any of the campaigns of any given GOP politician a loud and raucous applause line was the “Full Repeal of ObamaCare!” Let’s take a quick stroll over to Dictionary.com
1. to revoke or withdraw formally or officially: to repeal a grant.
2. to revoke or annul (a law, tax, duty, etc.) by express legislative enactment; abrogate.
That ladies and gentlemen did not happen. We were forced to watch the GOPe led by Paul Ryan conduct themselves exactly like the Democrats they excoriated for doing the same. They talked and campaigned conservative and put up a Progressive bill. Repeal means repeal and this was not that.
Does this official text look like what the Speaker said in December of 2015 ?
SEC. 101. THE PREVENTION AND PUBLIC HEALTH FUND.
(a) In General.—Subsection (b) of section 4002 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (42 U.S.C. 300u–11), as amended by section 5009 of the 21st Century Cures Act, is amended—
Oh, here is what Speaker Ryan said in 2015 repeated by a hundred other rock ribbed republicans from the mountain tops: “There are many things to do, but most urgent is to repeal and replace ObamaCare,” Ryan said. “We think this problem is so urgent that, next year, we are going to unveil a plan to replace every word of ObamaCare.”
We were lied to once again.
Why this political party feels the need to get involved in 1/6th of the US economy is beyond me unless they are worse than even I think. Thank God for the Freedom Caucus. The biggest heartbreak for me is that the President got behind this soup sandwich.
ObamaCare is now back in force and on course for total collapse. The question now is can Ryan and the old guard find it within themselves to be honest and start over with a simple repeal and return (to sanity and free markets). If they do not the bottom will fall out and the Leftist hordes will scream for single payer health care at the top of their lungs and every network, movie, TV show and sporting event will echo this socialist dream. Then again, that’s what they always wanted. Who will be the next Speaker of the House after this disaster for the dumb party ?