One of the biggest problems in modern American life is the widening gulf between the American people and their lawmakers. Fortunately, Vice President Pence has suggested one sweeping move that could end one of Congress’ most shocking privileges.
This past Wednesday, Mr. Pence sat down with Tucker Carlson of Fox News. During a discussion regarding the current fiasco of American health care reform, Vice President Pence declared that President Trump has the power to rescind Congress’ special exemption from Obamacare. (via Fox News).
As it stands today, members of Congress do not have to follow all of the Obamacare rules, though they are technically on the exchange. Rather, special treatment is given to them.
Vice President Pence further underlined his innate populism by decrying the “one set of rules” enjoyed by D.C. that are not available to the American public.
Vice President Pence’s suggestion that Congress be subjected to the same laws as everyday American citizens is sure to be a hit with most American voters.
After all, it is disgusting that in a republic, the people tasked with making the laws for the citizens are themselves exempt from these rules and regulations.
However, the truly disastrous thing about the current state of American health care is that both parties continue to rule and make decisions based on false assumptions.
For Democrats, their entire health care plan boils down to throwing more federal money at the problem. This simply does not work. America spends more money on health care than any other country in the world, and yet we have some of the slightest returns on investment.
Obamacare has only exacerbated this problem.
On the Republican side of the aisle, lawmakers routinely talk about the free market and solving the health care problem through economic competition, but they have yet to follow through on that promise and have often given special legal treatment to insurance companies.
This amounts to making a monopoly, not creating a free market, and it’s time Republicans end crony-capitalism, which isn’t actually capitalism at all.
As this past week has shown, neither congressional Republicans or Democrats seem willing to do anything about Obamacare. Arizona Senator John McCain even won the adulation of the mainstream press for his stand against a repeal-only version of Obamacare.
McCain decried trying to pass a health care reform bill with only Republican votes. Of course, McCain knows that the Affordable Care Act was passed without a single Republican vote in 2010.
So far, Congress has voted to keep the status quo. There can be no better example of the problem inherent in Washington, D.C. than this. For seven years, American voters have looked to Republicans in order to change the consensus in Washington, and for seven years, they have received no return on their investment.
Unless Congress breaks this useless deadlock, America may slip closer and closer to a populist call for a dictatorial chief executive.