Obama is only days away from leaving office. And it’s not a day too soon. One would think he’s gearing up instead of ramping down with all the things he has been putting into place.
This includes land grabs in Utah and Nevada, back stabbing Israel with our UN Security Council position, and removing Russian diplomats after Hillary Clinton complained of Russian hacks.
But one Obama’s greatest monuments to himself is Obamacare. You remember that… supposed to give coverage to all Americans… if you like your doctor you can keep it… a dismal failure that has less that 7 million participants across the whole country.
Well, concerned Republicans are setting up a way in Congress to get rid of it. And there is not much that stands in their way. They have the numbers over Democrats to push it through and dismantle the Affordable Care Act. But there are some Republicans who are wary of abolishing it without a plan in place for the future.
“I think we need a detailed framework that tells the American people, including those who depend on the Affordable Care Act for their coverage, and the insurance industry … what direction we’re headed,” Sen. Susan Collins told The Hill.
And just as important is the person who will be leading the Department of Health and Human Services. Donald Trump appointed Tom Price to lead the Department, and confirmations are going through the week.
Many of the confirmations Trump picked will breeze on through, but there are some controversial picks which will cause delays, even from Republicans. Rex Tillerson, former CEO of Exxon-Mobil is one such pick, where many think his relationships with Russians and his operations outside the State Department guidelines will stall his appointment.
But on the whole, most of the Republicans want to take Obama’s legacy of health care for everyone and flush it. There’s only the question of how. Representatives like Rand Paul, are looking at the larger scope, indicating he’s not going to support the repeal the way it’s presently structured.
Reason being, it’s attached to an unbalanced budget resolution.
“I was told again and again, swallow it, take it, they’re just numbers,” he said from the Senate floor. “If the numbers don’t matter … why don’t we put in numbers that balance?”
Currently, Obamacare serves less than 1% of Americans and many of the insurance companies which initially started with it opted out after they started hemorrhaging money. Doctors didn’t like it either, as they discovered it didn’t pay their bills and forced them to jump through ludicrous tax hurdles to be compliant.