438 Days to Mid-term Elections
The Republicans care about Healthcare as much as Alac Baldwin cares about the President’s criticism of his impersonations of him on SNL. In other words—they don’t! The record is clear that they distain any legislation on the topic. They banded together behind Newt Gingrich to defeat President Clinton’s healthcare reform bill in 1994 and not a single Republican voted for the Affordable Care Act in 2010.
The first time Republicans showed an interest in healthcare was the moment President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law and they immediately vowed to repeal it. You would think that after seven years impassioned legislators would have crafted a bill that all members of their party agreed with and was ready to sign into law. Seven years! But what you wind up with when you are shamed into action is a haphazard bill that nobody is comfortable with, a bill that will hurt the American people by kicking millions off the healthcare rolls, reduce benefits and make premiums skyrocket.
And just watch the promises get tossed out the window for the sake of Trump’s Art of the Deal, which he will twist to make sound good to the uninformed, the same way he did with his inauguration crowd and Obama wiretapping his phone. Bye, bye healthcare for the working class, indigent, and poor; hello tax credits for those making over $250,000, and windfall for the insurance and pharmaceutical companies.
Here’s the point. If the Republicans somehow, miraculously, pull off a bill that doesn’t blow up their party, which is unlikely, it will be a victory for President Obama because he will have done what nobody had been able to do for decades—make the Republicans care about healthcare.
Countdown: 461 Days until Midterm elections