Remember the vast majority of GOP office holders in both the House and the Senate running for their jobs... and getting elected to their jobs at the federal level... in large part because of their promises to get rid of Obamacare?
In fact, that was a continuous theme for the President's election.
So, there is a bill. The bill seems to be idiotic at many levels. And the Freedom Caucus seems poised to kill it.
And they should.
Congress, in one form or another, repeatedly repealed Obamacare while that idiot was still president.
But none of that was legit.
And it's simple to conclude that because if those bills WERE legit, then the day after the new Congress was sworn in, all that had to happen was for the House to run the vetoed bill again, the Senate to vote for it and then boom, have it land on the President's desk for his signature the day after he took office.
But that didn't happen.
Days... weeks came and went... and instead of rerunning the Eye Wash Bill, designed to fool those of us out here on the ground into thinking Congress was actually DOING something.... they hemmed and hawed and screwed around and wound up with this crap sandwich.
Conservatives balked. Democrats, seeking an opportunity to embarrass the GOP, are overlooking this gold nugget, by simply voting for the bill in numbers big enough to pass it.
They want to be heroes to their fringe-left base and claim that THEY killed it... when the reality is that the establishment/RINO types killed it.
The school solution... the simple solution... is to kill Obamacare by a date certain.... say, October 1... And aid the states in starting their own systems, or restarting the systems that were in place.
But the current bill, the FC says, will INCREASE premiums and do nothing to increase availability of medical care.
It is, in fact, another version of the current scam system that has been utterly worthless.
The GOP has had SIX YEARS to craft an alternative. That there wasn't anything ready to go that remotely does what the GOP has been so rabidly promising for that time period is no one's fault but theirs.
The mantra was "repeal and replace."
Well, the first step is to "repeal." And then, let the states "replace."
I hope this bill fails. I hope the President feels the sting of political defeat.
He can use some humility about now and doing what he promised... what the base wants... while beating RINO Ryan to a pulp appears to me to be an altogether positive outcome.
It is, as I have frequently stated on a variety of occasions, better to do nothing than it is to do the wrong thing just so you can claim you counted coup.
The poor communication by the White House and by RINO Ryan, the lack of simplification of this effort, explaining it in terms Joe Sixpack can understand... and the lack of an effective counter to the idea that this bill will make the cancer of Obamacare even worse than better... and premiums even higher than lower... that's what's killing this off.
Do it over. And do it right.
We'll forgive you if the outcome is the right one.
We won't if it isn't.