As the Russian hacking/collusion narrative falls to pieces, it becomes ever clearer that the opposition to Trump is much more political than substantial. In the wake of a significant victory over Trump’s travel ban, the president is taking the opportunity to lay waste to the Left’s partisan obstruction of health care reform. He took aim at Democrats this week when he tweeted;
“The Democrats have become nothing but OBSTRUCTIONISTS, they have no policies or ideas. All they do is delay and complain. They own ObamaCare!”
The situation is telling for a number of reasons. For one, Democrats were more than ready to back ObamaCare from its inception despite the gaping flaws in the structure of the policy, the coercive nature of the mandate, and the fact that it was created by Mitt Romney while he was the governor of Massachusetts.
The fact that Romney was the final runner against Obama in the 2012 election didn’t set off any alarm bells on either side of the aisle, while a few “conspiratorial” voices called it a manifestation of the two-party illusion.
At the time, the efforts of Republicans to resist and repeal the law were looked on as obstructionist and unhinged. Today, it is the Democrats who appear unhinged, and the actions of the GOP four years ago now seem somewhat more reasonable in light of the natural deterioration of the Affordable Care Act. The disintegration of the law is thrown into sharp relief by the millions of middle-class Americans who are left in the lurch when they need to use their coverage, and the plight of many small and middle-sized employers who cannot afford to keep their full workforce under the financial burden imposed by the ACA.
Trump has spoken on behalf of Republicans who have put a great deal of work into crafting a functional replacement for the ACA. He repeated the sentiment that, in the worst-case scenario, the country only has to wait for the ACA to fall apart before Republicans can replace it. In that situation, many Americans will be left without healthcare coverage until a replacement can be put in place.
What the president wants is to set up the replacement before the existing law becomes defunct. He wants to do this to avoid exposing the middle class to a period during which critical health care will not be covered. But if Democrats will not cooperate, the lurch will be impossible to avoid, and Republicans will be left with the charge and the mandate to replace it unilaterally.
The Democrats will not be able to stop the Republican replacement from being made into law after that happens, and the Democratic Party will have to shoulder full ownership of the intervening period during which millions of hard-working and responsible people are forced to replace their doctors with rushed visits to the emergency room.
Of course, Leftist mouthpieces like CNN and the Washington Post will not report on the damage done by the party they have a vested interest in supporting. It will be up to the few remaining conservative pundits like Shawn Hannity and Tucker Carlson, the last holdouts of any counter-narratives in the mainstream media. However, working people in the “fly-over states” will see the damage first hand, and in the age of ‘Fake News’ the word will get out.
In a follow-up tweet, Trump said;
“Republican Senators are working very hard to get there, with no help from the Democrats. Not easy! Perhaps just let OCare crash & burn!”
The state of Obamacare is abysmal, to put it plainly. Today, House Speaker Paul Ryan said in his weekly news conference, “Today, in 41% of counties across the country, you have just one health care plan to choose from.”
Even if the ACA really called for the kind of choice Americans were promised, that promise would have disintegrated by now. Families and businesses have seen their healthcare choices evaporate, their premiums double and triple to the point that for many families, their car payments, and their monthly utility bills combined.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield pulled out of Wisconsin last week, according to Ryan, and the ACA continues to fall apart in precisely the way that Republicans in 2012 and 2013 predicted it would.
Indeed, as ObamaCare continues to implode, so will the credibility of the Democratic party on many fronts.
~ Conservative Zone