I’ve been following the GOP very closely since the election to see if they’d keep their campaign promises, particularly the promise to repeal Obamacare “root and branch.” Needless to say, if you are a regular reader or listener, you know the news on this front hasn’t been good.
Since caving to Trumpism after the election, the establishment Republicans have embraced Trump’s “insure everybody” approach to government-provided health care to make sure no one is left “dying in the streets.” This led to the inevitable early warning signs of a Clintonesque modification to keeping their promise.
“It all depends on what the definition of the word ‘repeal’ is.”
Following the election, the GOP held their annual “retreat,” a word that can mean either: a period of group withdrawal to a place of seclusion and privacy or the withdrawal from a difficult situation. I’ll leave it up to you to decide which definition applies to these invertebrates. But during their little getaway, Trump, Pence, McConnell, and Ryan—almost sounds like one of those sleazy law firms you see on late-night TV, but that would be an insult to sleazy lawyers—the groundwork was laid for the eventual capitulation on Obamacare repeal. The retreat concluded with a rebranding of their promise from “repeal and replace” to “retreat and repair.”
These actions from the Republican establishment with the Obamacare repeal led to a redefinition of the acrostic RINO. What used to stand for Republican-In-Name-Only became Repeal-In-Name-Only—the very definition of the Pelosi-esque bill we were given yesterday, affectionately known as Ryancare/Trumpcare. While there are many things wrong with the new bill, here are five serious problems with it as identified by Ben Shapiro:
- It Retains Requirements That Insurance Cover People With Pre-Existing Conditions.
- It Creates A Back Door Mandate.
- It Creates Individual Healthcare Subsidies.
- It Subsidizes Medicaid.
- It Subsidizes High-Risk Pools On The State Level.
This GOP-owned measure is so much like Obamacare that members of Congress are using Obama’s original sales pitch to sell their plan. And despite claims to the contrary from the Trump cult, this plan was developed by Ryan and Co. in partnership with the White House and enjoys the full support of Donald Trump :
“I’m proud to support the replacement plan released by the House of Representatives and encouraged by members of both parties. We’re going to have something that’s going to be much more understood and much more popular than people can even imagine.
“We’re going to have a tremendous success. It’s a complicated process, but actually it’s very simple. It’s called good healthcare.”
Paul Ryan’s office shared this letter of support from HHS Secretary Tom Price:
NEW: Trump Administration formally supports the American Health Care Act: pic.twitter.com/ewYaeVLfX7
— Brendan Buck (@BrendanBuck) March 7, 2017
If all of this isn’t bad enough, here’s one more little tidbit I’m sure you’ll enjoy. Ryancare/Trumpcare will provide benefits to illegals.
The Republican party has truly become the “Trumplican” party, and as a result, they no longer represent conservatives or our values. With the next election only twenty months away, it’s time for conservatives to say goodbye to the GOP and hello to a new conservative party.
David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative, your source for opinion that’s politically incorrect and always “right.” His articles can also be found on RedState.com.
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