What is the deal with these unapologetic, “pants-on-fire,” Republican politicians in Congress who, now having the perfect opportunity, WILL NOT repeal one of the worst pieces of legislation in the history of this republic? Mitch McConnell, the 75 year old majority leader of the Senate issued a statement through his spokesman that “either Republicans will agree [with him] and change the status quo, or the markets will continue to collapse and we’ll have to sit down [with Democrats].”
Essentially he is saying that Republicans will pass his bill (with or without minor alterations) or he will sit down with Democrats to put more money into the Obamacare exchanges. This is a far cry from the boldness of his past promises to fully repeal Obamacare, a move that is now favored by Senate conservatives and president Trump — with a replacement coming later.
If Republican Senators are unable to pass what they are working on now, they should immediately REPEAL, and then REPLACE at a later date!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 30, 2017
Republicans, at least for now, have control of both houses of Congress, the presidency, and the courts. If there is any time to get a full repeal of Obamacare through, it is now — a move that could not come soon enough. Health insurance premiums were projected to increase across the board in 2017 and boy have they ever. From ABC News:
Insurers are set to raise the premiums for plans sold through HealthCare.gov by an average of 22 percent in 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said in a report. This is approximately triple the percentage increase from 2015 to 2016, when premiums increased by 7.5 percent.
The quoted cost for this author’s family health plan (a High Deductible Health Plan [HDHP] through a large group with thousands of enrollees), has been quoted to increase to $1,900 a month (a more than 22% rise from the previous year); and the coverage is worse than the $250 a month individual family plan I purchased for my wife and myself ~12 years ago (right before President Obama was elected to office).
Obamacare is causing untold financial damage to tens of millions of hardworking Americans (the core of this country) in the name of socialist nanny statery — and it must be repealed at any and all costs. People elected to represent us in congress need to be men (and women) of integrity – of their word. Do what you promised and vote for a full repeal.
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