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Sunday, April 23, 2017

"Obamacare forever" is about to end

Add Tom Rooney's name to the list of Republicans who need a swift kick in the butt.

A month ago, Rooney whinged that Republicans would never repeal Obamacare.

From the Palm Beach Post on March 24:
“Obamacare is the law of the land forever now,” a fuming U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Okeechobee, said Friday after House Republicans failed to enact — or even bring to a vote — a long-promised health care overhaul.
Oh good grief.

One little setback, and this goof is wetting his pants.
“It wasn’t a hard vote. We’ve been campaigning to repeal Obamacare for eight years…We wanted to put our marker down that the thing we’ve been campaigning on for eight years we were willing to do,” said Rooney, who since the 2012 redistricting has represented a Central Florida district.
“The American people rank the congressional approval rating below Fidel Castro, who is dead. And today they’re right. We failed the American people. There’s no other way to say it. We failed. They put their trust in the Republican Party to lead and we didn’t,” Rooney said as he headed from Capitol Hill to the airport to return to his district.
“Obamacare is the law of the land forever now. That was our one chance to repeal it, get rid of it, make it better.…Fifty years from now we’re going to look back at this day as the day we could have done something about it and we didn’t.”
He's Whiny Smurf.

I read those words as if they came out of a circular saw full speed.

The reality is Obama took 14 months to get his act together. We have just begun the fourth month of the Trump Presidency, also known as the Best Eight Years of Our Lives.

Most Americans want a repeal and replacement. Not me. Not most readers. But most Americans want some of Obamacare because they believe there is some good in everything. There isn't in Obama's crap sandwich. But people like to think there is.

As Congress returns from Easter Break, the bill is ready for passage in the House.

From Newsmax:
A revised GOP health care bill is the 'same fundamental bill' as the first one, but it contains some significant amendments and lawmakers will likely approve it, Rep. Dave Brat said Friday.
"[Republicans] like to rely on free markets as much as we can," the Virginia Republican told CNN's "New Day" anchor Chris Cuomo.
"This is still a federal government structure. I'm not totally happy with that outcome."
The plan "at least cracks the door open" for states to opt out of some insurance regulations, said Brat, so that young people can buy affordable health care plans, Brat continued.
It is a compromise.

We need to get it passed so we can get to tax reform, which will be another compromise.

But that is how it goes. And I think President Trump will take another shot at health care next year, especially if cross-state borders health care is not on this package.

Republicans need to go bold here, but it is just not in them. Just remember, they are erasing Obama's thin legacy.

In only a few months.

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  1. Burn the entire superstructure down. The doctors, nurses, and hospitals will still be here.

  2. Repeal. Let the Market free to do the replacing as necessary.

    1. Agree. The market needs to be freed. It is not free now. If it was there would be sale prices on standard procedures at random periods, just like in retail.

  3. I was hoping for full repeal and no replace. Like the lib model of incrementalism, I will settle for this in pieces. More next year.

    For Rooney's sake, I hope the new version of the bill will cover the cost of his Depends.

    1. I agree on the repeal only, but we all knew, with Ryan and the rest owned by Tom Donahue, we weren't going to get it all.

      The fact an entitlement is being dismantled at all is more than even Reagan ever dared dream.

  4. But, but, but... If ObamaCare is repealed how will the 50 state insurance boards know what to do? Insurance is an industry and it must be regulated. For the children. What would happen to all of the people put out of work? The Horror!

    The country seemed to get along pretty well without an insurance industry and its endless stream of regulations/regulators.

    I've got a five gallon can of gasoline.

    Anybody got a match?

    - Elric