The collective whispers in D.C. are turning quickly into a far more loud din of demands from Democrats who now want to save what has been for some time the failing Obamacare boondoggle. These same Democrats wanted nothing to do with allowing Republicans a chance to fix the failed health coverage system. Instead, they are now said to be moving to push for what would be a further expansion of Medicaid which is nothing more than the final push toward single-payer, federally controlled healthcare.
This debacle followed closely on the heels of three Republicans who voted late last night against any attempt to repeal Obamacare: Senators John McCain, Susan Collins, and Lisa Murkowski.
That action was responded to quickly by POTUS Trump:
3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down. As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode, then deal. Watch!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 28, 2017
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who is said to be leading the Medicaid expansion charge, was quick to call that proposed expansion “improving healthcare”:
“Let’s turn the page and work together to improve our health care system.”
Current CBO estimates have the cost of Obamacare at nearly $1.5 trillion dollars. An even broader expansion of Medicare/single payer could easily double that number over the next decade.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell offered little in the way of actual leadership. His “skinny” repeal was found to be offensive to both conservative and moderate Republican senators alike, leading some to speculate Mr. McConnell wasn’t interested in actually forwarding a bill that might actually pass., something Texas Senator Ted Cruz was quick to condemn:
“I sadly feel a great many Americans will feel betrayed, that they were lied to, and that sentiment will not be unjustified. You cannot campaign against Obamacare and then vote for Obamacare.”
Voters gave the Republican Party the House, the Senate, and now the White House. Those same Republicans voted time and time again to repeal Obamacare when Obama was POTUS. Now that Trump is POTUS and that repeal can actually happen – they choose not to repeal it as tens of millions of Americans are being battered and abused by the failed healthcare law.
Perhaps if these same politicians were made to have to use Obamacare like so many other Americans are being forced to they might feel different?
As for McCain, Collins, and Murkowski? They might as well declare themselves Democrats and be done with it.