Republicans suddenly discover that Obamacare repeal might not be so awesome, after all
During the Obama years, congressional Republicans could rail away at the Affordable Care Act and vote endlessly to repeal it, secure in the knowledge that they would never have to deal with the consequences of repeal actually happening.
It was great to stand up in Congress and orate. It was great to pontificate, posture, pander, and pustulate.
Now it's come time to put up or shut up.
"I’m from a state that has an expanded Medicaid population that I am very concerned about….I don’t want to throw them off into the cold, and I don’t think that’s a strategy that I want to see. It’s too many people. That’s over 200,000 people in my state. So we need a transition. I think we’ll repeal and then we’ll work during the transition period for the replacement vehicle.”
- Senator Shelley Moore Capito, WV-R
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 32 states have adopted the Medicaid expansion so far. By my count, next year there will be over 20 Republican senators in those states. (The ones that are expanding Medicaid and have one or two GOP Senators are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.)
So what's the deal? "Screw 'em all?"
Here's a pretty good article on how RealityBites the GOP right on the ass:
Senate GOP Tips Its Hand: An Obamacare Replacement Could Be A Long Way Off
Republicans' inability to coalesce around a replacement plan in the six years after Obamacare was passed means they have no easy alternative to queue up with a repeal, which they have vowed to make the top of their agenda next year. Their current inability to settle on a clear repeal and replace plan also reflects the trade-offs that have been dogging the GOP in last half-decade. Within the Republican caucus are deep, philosophical rifts over basic questions about health care policy and the government's role in providing access to coverage.
They've had six years to come up with something. They have not. And now that they have their fearless leader ... it's time to shit or get off the pot.
I suspect constipation is running rampant throughout the red side of the aisle.