The Republicans have been talking about and voting on repealing and replacing Obamacare for almost seven years now. They’ve held news conferences and election campaigns to demonize it and then promise to replace it. Now they’ve come out with their plan, hoping to unite their base and the country and show the world that they can really govern.
Well, to be fair, they did bring a lot of people from all over the political spectrum, but not in the way they hoped.
Republican efforts to revise the Affordable Care Act met with widespread resistance Tuesday from conservatives in and out of Congress, moderates in the Senate and key industry stakeholders, casting doubt on the plan’s chances just one day after House GOP leaders released it.
The most imminent and serious threat to the plan crafted by House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) was the growing backlash from conservative lawmakers and powerful outside groups who argue that the draft is nothing more than “Obamacare Lite,” a disparaging reference to the former president’s signature 2010 domestic achievement.
In short, they have had seven years to come up with something, and this is the best that they could come up with? It reads like some kid who tried to write a ten-page history paper on the school bus the morning the assignment is due.
The best part is that the right-wingers are in complete revolt against it. Which means that it’s not going anywhere.