Should Republicans work with Democrats to reform Obamacare? | The Tylt
After months of debate, another GOP effort to repeal Obamacare has gone down in flames. Some Republicans say it's time their party acknowledges the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land, and work with Democrats on fixing Obamacare, rather than repealing it. But hatred of Obamacare has become part of conservative orthodoxy; many Republicans fear retribution from constituents if they don't repeal the bill entirely. Other GOP members say it's broken beyond repair and they'll only consider repeal efforts. What do you think?
Should Republicans work with Democrats to reform Obamacare?
President Trump let loose on Mitch McConnell in a tweet storm, urging him to change the laws of the Senate so that Obamacare could be repealed. “They look like fools and are just wasting time,” the president wrote of his party’s senators.
After a crushing defeat, President Trump met with three Senate Republicans about a new plan to roll back the health care law. Some Republicans still staunchly believe Obamacare is one of the worst pieces of legislation ever enacted, and it must be repealed.
Others are fearful of what the electorate will do to GOP representatives after they promised for seven years that they would get rid of Obamacare and now can't follow through.
Sen. John McCain called for McConnell to hit the reset button on Friday, both on health care reform and on bipartisan relations in Congress.
"We keep trying to find a way to win without help from across the aisle," McCain said. "We are getting nothing done, my friends, we are getting nothing done."
“The vote last night presents the Senate with an opportunity to start fresh. It is now time to return to regular order with input from all of our members—Republicans and Democrats,” he said.
Many say it's time for Republicans to actually collaborate on fixing the problems.
Don't change the rules. Work with Republicans. Work with Democrats. Come up with policies that help Americans— Edward Hardy (@EdwardTHardy) July 29, 2017
Democrats argue they are ready to work across the aisle on healthcare.
But many on the right say the Democrats are being obstructionists. They are only willing to work with Republicans if they are interested in reforming the ACA, and refuse to consider repealing it.
There's nothing he can do when the democrats don't work with him or the party. None want to help fix the problems this country has— Jake Deskins (@SouthernBoy7966) July 29, 2017
But since the 1990s, compromise by the opposition party has been frequently construed as weakness and betrayal. To reach across the aisle at this point will look like a betrayal to many conservative voters.
For McConnell to compromise with Democrats and patch up the system would be for him to surrender the anti-Obamacare crusade on which he embarked in 2009 and from which he has never wavered.
Slate says compromise is highly unlikely.