Republican talk of repealing, then replacing Obamacare make it clear that they would rather leave Americans uninsured than improve healthcare.
It doesn’t take a genius to know that the healthcare issue in the US is a disaster. The Affordable Care Act aka ObamaCare wasn’t perfect, but it gave millions of Americans the opportunity to have health insurance. It is amazing that the Republican party would rather destroy the health of Americans by repealing the Affordable Care Act, than work to make it better.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has a fantasy of destroying the Affordable Care Act and replacing it at the same time with a bill that will devastate American healthcare. He wants to do this as soon as possible. Senator Susan Collins of Maine seems to be one of the few Republicans that gets it. Collins took to her Twitter account, writing that she would vote against the legislation on its initial hurdle: “I want to work w/ my GOP & Dem colleagues to fix the flaws in [the Affordable Care Act]. [The Congressional Budget Office] analysis shows Senate bill won’t do it. I will vote no on [a motion to proceed].“
Fearless leader, otherwise known as Donald Trump, thinks that they should just repeal Obama Care whether there is a replacement or not. Like the bull in the china shop that he is, he told Republicans “If you can’t cut a deal on repealing the Obama-era law, then repeal it right away and then replace it later.” This is one of the worst ideas as it will leave millions with no insurance.
Ben Sasse, (R-NE) thinks that “I want to add a delay to its implementation date so that if we did full repeal, there would be time, but we should get to work on replace….I’d like to say, let’s do the repeal, then let’s try to get 60 out of 100 senators. Let’s bring everybody into the room. Let’s do this full-time, 18 hours a day, six days a week. Let’s cancel the August state work period, and let’s do it in full public view and have hearings. We pledged that, and the American people deserve that.”
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders countered Sasse’s argument on Sunday, calling the “repeal and then replace” option “absurd.” Sanders who was a guest on Jake Tapper’s “ State of the Union” then outlined the issues with the ACA, including high deductibles and copayments, as well as extremely high market prices for prescription medication. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Illinois, also rejected the suggestion of repealing and then later replacing Obamacare, stating that “it could harm Americans.”