Saturday, January 28, 2017

Republicans Clueless How To Replace ACA

For nearly seven years, Republicans in Congress have grumbled and made nasty faces at the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare.

For nearly seven years, Republicans in Congress have promised to "repeal and replace" Obamacare, if only voters would give them an opportunity.

Former House Speaker John Boehner had a meltdown at the podium in March 2010, waving a single sheet of paper in the air and bellowing that all the problems with the new Affordable Care Act could be solved by the elegantly simple Republican solution drafted on that one lone sheet.

As it turned out, the sheet was blank, for show -- and the Republicans actually had absolutely no health care plan at all.

Not only did the GOP not have a plan, they made absolutely no attempt to help fix some of the problems with Obamacare after its rollout. Instead, they wasted tens of millions of taxpayer dollars and years of valuable legislative time on literally dozens of attempts to repeal the ACA.

Republican hatred of Barack Obama was strong enough they could not stomach the thought of having something successful and popular attached to his name. Therefore, the only option was to not consider anything but total annihilation of his signature legislation.

This isn't the first time the GOP has fought tooth and nail to keep affordable health care out of the hands of Americans. They challenged President Bill Clinton over it in 1993 and prevailed -- and in the process cultivated an undying hatred for Hillary Clinton, who passionately championed the measure and blasted uncooperative Republicans for standing in the way.

Now, with the Oval Office and both houses of Congress in their hands, Republicans finally have the opportunity to dismantle Obamacare that they've dreamed of. The only problem is that after all these years they still don't have a replacement plan.

The GOP excels at scaring the daylights out of people and duping the gullible. They boo and catcall from the sidelines while offering nothing productive.

Every American deserves affordable and comprehensive health care. This is the Republican Party's chance to shine by rising to the occasion with a better plan than Obamacare.

Don't hold your breath.

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