Yesterday the people’s representatives decisively said “no” to Paul Ryan’s insulting non-repeal of Obamacare, a bill some have called “RyanCare,” “TrumpCare,” or “RINOcare.” I’ve simply taken to calling it “Obamacare 2.”
Let’s be perfectly clear: Republican leadership did not try and fail this week to repeal Obamacare. They tried and failed at their attempt to save it.
Why did the bill fail? The answer should be obvious to all but the most un-informed or willfully dense:* Americans don’t like Obamacare. They know it is un-American. They know it is expensive. They know it is built on a fundamentally flawed premise – the same flawed premise upon which the Soviet Union, Communist North Korea and Castro’s Cuba were built: Marx’s utopian “from each according to his ability, to each according to his need.” It does not work. It creates misery and rationing and necessarily devalues human life. And yes, it leads to the killing of innocents every time – even in “every other advanced nation” to whose models we are constantly lectured by ivory tower elites we must conform.
Ordinary Americans understand Obamacare is bad. They know it from common sense, and now (sadly) many know it from hard personal experience as they have seen their premiums and deductibles rise dramatically even as their range of choices has narrowed. They understand Obama, Pelosi, and Reid lied and deceived them. That Obama knew even as he spoke his false promises that he had his fingers crossed behind his back knowing that Americans would not be able to keep their doctors or their plans, knowing that his signature law was in fact designed to drive insurance costs up and not down.
Americans actually understand that Obamacare was designed to fail and need “fixing.” The crisis that exists now is here by Democrats’ design – and it was supposed to force America to do exactly what Republicans this week tried: Keep and expand health insurance entitlements. Remember, progressives’ end goal is total socialism (“single payer”) Government monopoly. Getting there requires the stepwise destruction of private sector healthcare and health insurance. And this can’t be accomplished openly, because the people of this nation are not socialists.
So, Americans want Obamacare gone – not preserved. We told Washington this in 2010. We told them again in 2012. Again in 2014. And once more in 2016. Republican majorities are at a near all-time high. Why? There is a single reason: Republicans put their hands on their hearts and promised America they would fully repeal Obamacare.
Not “save” it.
Not “fix” it.
They said they would “repeal” it. And they won – because (I repeat) Americans want Obamacare repealed.
So, when Paul Ryan and his sneaky insider Republican leadership friends tried to pull a bait-and-switch on America this week by calling his “save Obamacare” bill a “repeal,” we said “No – that is not what we elected you to do … now go back and do it right.”
So we Americans have a message for Paul Ryan today: Now that you are done messing around with not repealing Obamacare, it is time for you and the President to keep your promise to those who voted for these Republican majorities. It is time now to bring an actual repeal bill to the floor.
We’re waiting, and we expect it to be done.
* “Willfully dense,” unfortunately, is an apt description of most of the major media outlets and most members of the professional political classes today.
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