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Republicans Give Up on Repealing Obamacare

I thought repealing Obamacare was the reason that people put them in office in the 2010 wave election?

Well, so much for that. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is not going to run the flag up the pole again this year, and any effort to finish off Obamacare will have to wait until there are more Republicans in the Senate, according to Politico.

Republicans have damaged Obamacare by eliminating the requirement that everyone have insurance, something they achieved as part of the tax cut plan passed late last year. But the government continues to fund the program, and McConnell is apparently refusing to move legislation that would transfer funding to the states and eliminate some of Obamacare’s requirements, allowing the states to design their own programs.

McConnell is hardly a Tea Party-type advocate for getting rid of this law. I don’t think he has the stomach for another fight. And President Trump also failed to put enough effort into attempts to repeal the law last year. I don’t think he was particularly interested in the repeal fight or knowledgeable about it – unlike the tax cut law, for which he provided the leadership needed to get it passed.

6 Responses to Republicans Give Up on Repealing Obamacare

  1. There seems to be a solid anti-Trump vote in the Repub rank, those who don’t (or didn’t) want to give MrTrump what he wanted no matter what.
    Perhaps they’re hoping the whole thing collapses on it’s own as new and different insurance programs come forth.
    The first year has been frustrating for all of us as Repubs sat on their hands, or openly defied the leader of their party.

  2. Trump should not have had to do any “arm twisting” on Republicans as they passed a full repeal…a dozen times? When they knew Obama would veto it?? All they had to do is do what they did in the very recent past. Cowards

    • Agreed. As a self-employed person who has lost his policy and doctor numerous times now (leading to higher premiums and higher deductibles), the Republicans in Congress are dead to me.

  3. On the one hand, with a razor-thin party margin, and the delegations from Maine and Arizona effectively nullifying even that, it’s an understandable tactical retreat. Add in a Senate map for 2018 that dramatically favors the GOP, and it makes sense, in its own Washington way.

    But that is cold comfort for Main Street, so a few primary challenges might well be in order.

  4. “McConnell is hardly a Tea Party-type advocate for getting rid of this law. I don’t think he has the stomach for another fight.”

    Piece of advice, Mitch: “He who hath no stomach for this fight, let him depart…”