We are approaching Obamacare’s seven-year anniversary. During that span, the GOP attempted to cripple, defund, or repeal Obamacare with one thing in mind: using the fear of Obamacare to win elections. Now that they have the ability to actually repeal it, they’ve scrapped all past bills they allegedly supported (including a very popular full repeal bill in 2015) and gave us redistribution of the redistribution they pretended to despise.
Let’s be clear about one thing: the American Health Care Act is NOT a repeal of Obamacare. To say it repeals Obamacare is like saying they’re getting rid of a cheeseburger and replacing it with a hamburger that has cheese on it. Some of the toppings are different. They’re pushing mustard instead of mayo. They dropped the pickles altogether. Nevertheless, it’s still a cheeseburger.
What happened? Donald Trump won the Presidency. If they put a full repeal on his desk, the GOP believes one of two things will happen. Either he’ll veto it and tell them give him something that continues socialized medicine or he’ll sign it and the GOP will have less than two years to convince millions of Americans why they lost their healthcare coverage. The first option scares them because they know that President Trump will attack them, pulling his base support and getting many of them primaried in 2018. The second option scares them because they don’t want the bad press to give the Democrats control of both chambers in 2018.
They are cowards. They don’t really want to repeal Obamacare because they aren’t willing to take the heat that will come with it. The only reason they fought so hard before was because they knew that President Obama would veto their attempts. They could claim to be fighting the good fight knowing they had no chance of succeeding. Now, they have a chance to accomplish what they promised and they’re running away. They’re attempting to be clever by shifting tax credits, giving conservatives a few wins, but maintaining the core of Obamacare. They took the old burger and put it in a new package. It’s disgraceful and they should be ashamed.
Perhaps a better analogy is that they were bold, ferocious little dogs willing to bark at the big dog, Obamacare, when the leash was holding them back. Now that they’re unleashed, they have no intention of actually following through with their little dog growls.
Here’s what would happen if small-government Federalists were in power. We’d repeal Obamacare. We’d open up the market to allow for competition across state lines. We’d help states set up programs to work as safety nets for the most needy with the caveat that over time these safety nets must be weened away. The free market economy can cover everyone if allowed to do so. There’s a market for services funded through charitable organizations within communities to prevent people from slipping through the cracks. This is by far the most fiscally responsible, business-friendly, and Constitutionally-sound way to make healthcare work in America.
As impossible as most Republicans and nearly all Democrats see it, the free market economy unrestrained by government but supported through goodwill incentives will establish the most robust, forward-thinking, and economically tenable solution. It won’t be instant and it won’t be easy, but when we allow American ingenuity to take the lead instead of government intervention, great things will happen.
This is why the Federalist Party is very confident that people like Mike Lee, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and the House Freedom Caucus will all be registered as Federalists in the near future. The GOP is being exposed as the other party of big government and economic stupidity.
At some point, it’s time for conservatives, liberals, and everyone in between to realize that the two-party system is a con. Whether it’s Obamacare or Trumpcare, big government is the tie that binds them. The Democrats have been exposed for a long time. Perhaps now Republicans will start to see that their party isn’t what it claims to be.