Trumpcare is dead because the American public has awakened to the dangers these Republican healthcare plans pose to getting affordable, accessible, quality health care. The political drama that has been playing out in the Republican-controlled Congress over the past six months is simply a byproduct of this awakening. After seven years of blinding accepting the “Obamacare is a failure” propaganda , Americans are finally realizing that Obamacare (PPACA) has brought many benefits that they do not want taken away without something “better” in its place. The two Republican replacement bills (collectively called Trumpcare) forwarded over the past six months have revealed some unpleasant truths about the Republican healthcare agenda; namely,
- The congressional Republicans’ all-inclusive promise to repeal Obamacare over the past seven years was simply a campaign call to arms that delivered Republican votes. When making this promise, they did not think they would also have to “replace” Obamacare with an improved healthcare reform law at the same time. After taking control of both houses of Congress and the presidency in 2017, it has become painfully obvious that the Republicans had no desire to replace Obamacare with a “better” replacement healthcare plan. It seems they simply wanted to undo any healthcare reform legislation forwarded by their political rivals, the Democrats.
- The Republicans know that Trumpcare is worse than Obamacare for the American people. The last six months has been a game where secrecy (even Senators expected to vote were kept in the dark until the last minutes) and hasty attempts at bill passage were supposed to ram Obamacare replacement bills through Congress before the public realized how bad they really were.
- In the Republican healthcare replacement bills (the House’s American Health Care Act and the Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act), Republicans have made it clear that they have no desire to put the welfare of the American people (except maybe for the richest of the rich) ahead of the financial interests of businesses that derive income and profits from health spending. While Americans drown under unaffordable healthcare costs and receive lower quality health care, Trumpcare calls for reducing the government obligations (i.e., funding) to health care (in Medicaid) and dumping the unaffordable costs onto individual sick American citizens.
- Trumpcare does not make health care more affordable, it makes it less affordable.
- The Republicans will never have a “better” healthcare law because Obamacare already incorporates many Republican healthcare reform ideas from Romneycare (Mitt Romney’s plan for Massachusetts) and from the conservative Heritage Foundation. The Republican Party loved these ideas UNTIL they became associated with Obamacare (PPACA). To make Obamacare more “Republican” would require changes that would either result in “Obamacare Lite” or take away benefits Americans are loathe to give up. Under these political constraints, it is difficult to see how Republicans will ever be able to deliver a “better” plan.
Trumpcare is Dead
Trumpcare is dead because while the Republicans in Congress now have the power to pass whatever they wish, they will also be held accountable for any negative ramifications that result. Republicans know that Trumpcare will always be compared to Obamacare and more importantly, they know that it is not the “better” healthcare law promised to the American people. With a president waiting with pen in hand for anything that repeals Obamacare, the Republicans in Congress have been made painfully aware that the American people are watching and are not happy with the Republican replacements proposed. Trumpcare is dead because the American public has become aware of healthcare reform specifics and are not buying yesterday’s propaganda anymore.