Failure – you mean this kind of failure
Troika Face of Failure (House, White House, Senate: All GOP-run)
Donald J. Trump, President of the United States and supposedly for ALL Americans spoke in the Roosevelt Room and said: “I am disappointed in the demise of the Senate bill. Now I plan to just let Obamacare fail; it will be a lot easier. I think we’re probably in that position where we’ll let Obamacare fail,” adding: “We’re not going to own it. I’m not going to own it. I can tell you the Republicans are not going to own it. We’ll let Obamacare fail, and then the Democrats are going to come to us.”
Then Trump is his routine fashion said: “I blame the demise of a plan to rewrite the ACA on Democrats, and a few Republicans,” Then he suggested that the drive to overhaul the law was not completely over.
These kind of comments have intensified the current political uncertainty where GOP “leaders” (and I use that word loosely) were debating what to do next, and they raised anxiety among insurers that must commit to staying on the federal health exchange within a matter of weeks.
More statements from the GOP:
VP Pence, speaking at the National Retail Federation’s annual Retail Advocates Summit said: “I challenge Congress to step up and repeal the current law so that lawmakers can work on a new health-care plan that will start with a clean slate.”
Sen. Mitch “Failure” McConnell (R-KY) declared on the Senate floor: “This doesn’t have to be the end of the story,” adding: “The Senate would next take up a repeal of Obamacare combined with a stable two-year transition period. President Barack Obama vetoed such a bill, but President Trump will sign it now.” He then concluded with this zinger: “I regret that the effort to repeal and immediately replace the failures of Obamacare will not be successful. We will now try a different way to bring the American people relief from Obamacare.”
Sample of Other Backlash:
Three centrist Republican senators: Susan Collins (ME), Shelley Moore Capito (WV). and Lisa Murkowski (AK) — all now say they would oppose any vote to proceed with an immediate repeal of the law w/o any replacement.
Capito said: “I did not come to Washington to hurt people. I will only vote to proceed to repeal legislation if I am confident there is a replacement plan that addresses my concerns.”
Collins said that she had urged Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) to hold hearings in an attempt to fashion a new legislative fix for the ACA, while leaving it in place in the meantime, adding: “We can’t just hope that we will pass a replacement within the next two years. Repealing without a replacement would create great uncertainty for individuals who rely on the ACA and cause further turmoil in the insurance markets.”
B/L (even if there is a bottom at all in this pile of GOP crap):
Abolishing several of Obamacare’s central pillars — including the mandate that taxpayers buy coverage, federal subsidies for many consumers’ premiums and Medicaid coverage for roughly 11 million Americans — could wreak havoc in the insurance market. A Congressional Budget Office analysis in January estimated that premiums in the individual insurance market would rise between 20 and 25 percent next year and would roughly double by 2026.
At the same time, according to the CBO, the number of uninsured would spike by 18 million next year and rise to 32 million by 2026.
“For insurers, the worst possible outcome in this debate has always been a partial repeal with no replacement, which is exactly what Congress is about to take up,” said Larry Levitt, senior vice president for special initiatives at the Kaiser Family Foundation, in an email. “Insurance companies would be on the hook for covering people with preexisting conditions, but with no individual mandate or premium subsidies to get healthy people to sign up as well.”
While pursuing an immediate repeal would please conservatives, the fact that it lacks sufficient support leaves McConnell and House Speaker Ryan with few good options except in a proverbial pickle.
What mess and the blame game is now in full swing - who gets hurt the most? Those most in need - not those in office.
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