Yes, it is true. ObamaCare could be gone within the first week of Donald Trump’s presidency. In theory, by the end of January the signature legislation that Barack Obama was basing his legacy on could be a bad memory.
There’s a little problem though. The little problem is…the Republicans in the United States Senate. Specifically, Lamar Alexander who heads the Senate committee that oversees ObamaCare. He says he doesn’t like ObamaCare, but don’t expect him to do anything that will cause the New York Times and Washington Post or any of the Leftist television anchors who are spokesmen for the Democratic Party with bylines to not like him.
Lamar Alexander, along with Senators like John McCain, Jeff Flake (the most appropriately named senator in the U.S. Senate), Lindsey Graham, and their ilk will likely be a roadblock to Donald Trump trying to put some sense back in the government.
The strategy for conservatives is to pass a repeal of ObamaCare in the a bill in the Senate in the same fashion Democrats passed ObamaCare in 2009. That way they would only need 51 votes. The obvious problem is there are only 52 U.S. senators who are Republicans and if two of the GOP establishment decide that they don’t want the editors of the New York Times mad at them ObamaCare is here to stay.
A repeal of ObamaCare on a date certain would force Democrats to work on a replacement. As a conservative, the upside from my perspective is that if Democrats and the Republican Establishment decide that it’s going to take more time to put together a replacement.Then, we would go back to a semi-free market system like what we had before ObamaCare and in that system, 85% of insured like their coverage, and liked their doctor – which is why Barack Obama made such a big point of “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.”
Dave Brat, a conservative member of the Freedom Caucus from Virginia and the man who replaced Eric Cantor, the number two establishment Republican in the House, said, “when we all run for office, we run on repeal and replace for the free-market alternative. We did not run and say: ‘Let’s kind of soften this failed experiment down a little bit and keep most of the elements of socialize, top-down central planning and healthcare, along with 20 to 50% premium increases, and mandates forcing you to buy products by the federal government.’”
Unfortunately, many of the Republicans in the House and virtually all of the Republicans in the Senate don’t have the spine that Dave Brat was blessed with.
The first week of Donald Trump’s administration could very well provide a clear picture of what’s going to happen in the next four years. The question isn’t, “What kind of president is Donald Trump going to be?” The question is, how many of the Republicans in the United States Senate are really Democrats in sheep’s clothing?
I think the answer to the second question is, “Too many.”
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