Will Republicans regret repealing Obamacare? | The Tylt
Will Republicans regret repealing Obamacare?
Speaking anonymously, one Republican senator admitted that previously "There were no consequences" to passing bills that repealed Obamacare. Everyone knew President Obama would veto those bills, but GOP members could still tell their constituents they had tried (62 times). But now, with control of Congress and the White House, that bill will become law, and 22 million people would be stripped of health insurance. Republicans are in a serious bind: their base will punish them if they don't deliver on their promise to repeal the ACA immediately. But they have no replacement plan, and no options for those who would lose insurance under the repeal. The Democrats are rallying to defend the ACA, and warning the GOP that if they go through with this, the fallout will be on their hands.
The consequences if Republicans don't immediately repeal Obamacare are also dire. This repeal has been their signature issue and promise for six years. Trump's website argues that
Since March of 2010, the American people have had to suffer under the incredible economic burden of the Affordable Care Act—Obamacare. This legislation...has tragically but predictably resulted in runaway costs, websites that don’t work, greater rationing of care, higher premiums, less competition and fewer choices. Obamacare has raised the economic uncertainty of every single person residing in this country.
Five Republican Senators have already have expressed serious reservations about the immediate repeal, arguing there needs to be a replacement for those who would lose their health insurance. One senator who spoke anonymously to Talking Points Memo conceded that "there's a growing sense among some of his colleagues that they need to have a replacement for Obamacare ready soon 'because we're going to own this.' "
If so, that's 5(?) GOP Senators saying they'll vote against what looks like the current Obamacare repeal bill https://t.co/J6Le45VebH