Donald Trump promised that when he got into office, he would throw out Obamacare. But now Republicans aren’t lining up behind him to help.
You remember Obamacare right? The bill that was passed in the dead of night with secret back room deals and Nancy Pelosi saying “We have to pass the bill to know what’s inside it!”. You know… the bill that practically birthed the Tea Party!
Well, now that Obamacare is so deeply rooted into the American fabric, removing it is like removing a cancer. It’s not a simple fix, according to some Republicans.
First, there’s tax credits. Some Republicans want to keep them.
You know there’s a problem with this when Senator Rand Paul speaks up about it.
The problem that I have with a new refundable tax credit is it’s essentially a subsidy by another name. ObamaCare had subsidies. If we call them refundable tax credits, have we really done anything other than change the name? So I think that’s a problem.
Then there’s Medicaid expansion. During the Obama years, 31 states signed up to insure 11 million people. Now that these folks are covered, Republicans are between a rock and a hard place as they try to repeal Obamacare.
Since this is a national program, that means 19 states have populations that don’t get Medicaid support, but they’re still paying for it
Then there’s the idea that Obamacare needs to be paid for.
When it was created, Obamacare created several new taxes with it. So you’re stuck holding the bag even if you didn’t want it in the first place.
There are millions of people who are benefitting from the sytem who haven’t paid into it at all. And that rubs a lot of people the wrong way, since Obamacare was forced on the American public without a vote.
Lastly, Planned Parenthood is tied to the outcome of what happens to Obamacare.
Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has said Planned Parenthood will be defunded through the ObamaCare repeal bill, an idea long pushed by conservatives opposed to abortion.
This is great news. Right now, Planned Parenthood is responsible for more than 300,000 abortions annually.
They murder roughly 300,000 children a year. And your tax dollars which you didn’t even get a vote about are helping it.
But some Republicans are riding the fence on this! Senators like Lisa Murkowski think the medical services offered by Planned Parenthood outweigh the murders PP performs. According to her, screenings are more important than stopping rampant killings.
Taxpayer dollars should not be used to pay for abortions, but I will not vote to deny Alaskans access to the health services that Planned Parenthood provides.
Surely, Republicans have learned from their mistakes in the last few years! There was practically blood in the streets the last time D.C. insiders didn’t do the will of the people.
This is why Trump swept the election. Folks are angry. There were broken promises about our country and Trump, as an outsider, vowed to fix them. This is one of those things. And Trump promised it, but he needs Republicans to fall in line for it to work.