Beginning with their sweeping victory in the 2010 mid-terms, Republicans have made repealing ObamaCare central to their appeal to the American people as to why they should be given control over the levers of power.
Now that Republicans run both Houses of Congress and Donald Trump will assume the Presidency, voters are expecting the GOP to make good on their word.
But some establishment Republicans are plotting to betray their most fundamental promise.
Since the new Congress does not convene until January, Republicans are in a process of debating how they will repeal ObamaCare and what they will replace it with.
Conservatives who turned out in droves in the 2010, 2014 and 2016 elections are expecting a complete repeal of ObamaCare.
Vice President-elect Mike Pence has said the Trump administration supports repealing ObamaCare lock, stock, and barrel.
But some establishment Republicans are scheming to stab their voters and Donald Trump in the back.
These Senators – led by Louisiana’s Bill Cassidy – are proposing leaving the ObamaCare taxes in place to fund a scheme to replace the law.
The Hill reports:
Some conservatives have long pushed for repealing the entire health law, including the taxes. But other Republicans, including Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), want to keep some of the taxes to provide revenue for a replacement plan.
“There needs to be some source of revenue,” Cassidy told The Hill. He noted that various healthcare industry groups already worked out deals when ObamaCare was being passed in 2009 to give up some money in exchange for increasing coverage, which would help their business.
“As far as I’m concerned, we can leave those on the table,” he said.
Cassidy, along with House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas), earlier this year introduced an ObamaCare replacement plan that would have left in place ObamaCare’s taxes.
Not only would refusing to completely repeal ObamaCare be a stunning betrayal, but it would be political suicide.
The only election the GOP lost since ObamaCare’s passage was in 2012.
In that contest, Mitt Romney – who invented ObamaCare at the state level – was disarmed from prosecuting the case against the law.
Since he was deprived of one of the most potent weapons in the GOP’s arsenal, he was soundly defeated by Barack Obama.
In contrast, during the 2010, 2014 and 2016 elections GOP candidates simply – and credibly – declared they wanted to repeal the law.
That platform led to massive victories.
But establishment Republicans always get jittery when it comes time to actually cutting government.
They live in fear of Democrats and the media accusing them of taking away people’s healthcare.
But in this case, the American people want the GOP to get rid of their government-run healthcare.