Why can't Republicans repeal Obamacare? Maverick senators, for one
In a shocking betrayal of his party and the American people, turncoat John McCain, has voted against the best chance yet to repeal Obamacare. Obamacare is the most destructive, divisive law passed under the Obama administration, and it is unsustainable as ever. Yet, Republicans remain divided among themselves and are incapable of doing the job they said they would do.
Is anyone surprised that Turncoat McCain voted against repeal?
LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) -- Traitor McCain has shot down his own party's best chance to repeal Obamacare. Dubbed the "skinny repeal" bill, it would have repealed Obamacare while leaving intact certain provisions that are popular with most Americans. The bill left important questions to answer by design. It would be up to the House to debate and amend the bill to perfect it. But Turncoat McCain, who is a closeted liberal, didn't like that idea, so he voted it down.
His no vote was unexpected. He justified it by saying he did not have enough assurance the House would meet and amend the bill. He was scared the House would simply phone it in and pass the bill, sending it to the President for a signature. McCain insists he still supports the repeal and replacement of Obamacare.
If John McCain is such a political maverick, if he is such a genius, then why doesn't he spend his August recess at work, crafting a bill that he will vote for?
He won't because apparently John McCain is a liberal who wants to keep Obamacare and it's destructive, pro-establishment policies.
Americans want Obamacare to be reformed, replaced, or simply repealed. The reasons are manifold, but most complain that it is too expensive. Those who work the hardest, in the middle class, pay the bulk of the cost, as well as their employers. The law provides free healthcare to people who don't work, without exception. This means that a person who could work, but refuses to do so, will enjoy a free ride on the people who work and pay taxes. Americans don't like freeloaders.
The impact of this policy is that costs go up each year. Wall Street makes a lot of money too, but workers and taxpayers lose their income to rising taxes and premiums.
At the same time, Obamacare requires that people purchase insurance, or pay a punishing tax. Many regard this as unconstitutional because the government is compelling people to purchase a product. However, the Supreme Court upheld this provision of Obamacare.
Finally, many Americans dislike Obamacare because it tramples religious freedom. Obamacare provides abortions, abortifacients, and contraceptives. It compels taxpayers and businesses alike to pay part of these costs, even if they have a sincerely held religious objection to doing so. This has prompted several lawsuits.
Americans want these problems fixed, or even eliminated via a simple repeal. Obamacare is going to implode under its own weight, so why wait for a disaster? Why not craft a healthcare plan that fixes these problems while allowing people to choose their doctors, pay lower rates, and promotes free-market competition?
The reason is Republicans are at war with themselves. There are conservatives who were sent to Capitol Hill with one purpose, repeal Obamacare and cut out the excesses in our government. At the same time, there are Republicans like Turncoat McCain who think it's cute to play as a "maverick." They're there to serve themselves, not their contents. Americans only like mavericks in the movies, and John McCain is no movie star.
In last night's poisoned vote, McCain was joined by Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Senator Lisa Ann Murkowski (R-AK). But McCain cast the spoiling vote and was rewarded with a hug from Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).
Here's a clue, turncoat McCain, if Diane Feinstein of California hugs you, something has gone terribly wrong.
At this point, most political pundits are declaring Republican repeal efforts to be dead. After holding office for more than six months, Republicans have managed to accomplish zero of their stated agenda. They have kept no election promises to the people who sent them to Washington D.C., which makes them liars and con artists.
Mitch McConnell has failed as a leader. He needs to step aside at once. Only political seppuku can save his honor now.
There is no reason why Republicans can't repeal Obamacare, there are no restrictions. But the party must sort itself out, and enforce internal discipline to get the job done. So far, we have not seen a willingness to do this. No vacations have been cancelled, no agreements or sanctions have been developed.
If Republicans cannot do this, then they need to un-elect every single person they sent to Washington in the last election. We have to change the players in D.C., there is no room for mavericks. Because while traitor McCain is playing political theater, we are paying ever-increasing costs to insure our families. We don't get to play maverick and skip paying our insurance premiums for a month. And we don't get August recess, or free cancer treatments and surgery at the hospital of our choice.
It's time for a new Republican party that represents the people. We either vote for their primary challengers, or we get the circus we deserve.
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