Even as many Americans have been complaining that their health care premiums have skyrocketed thanks to Obamacare, there are still many within the GOP who oppose replacing the health care program.
Vice President Mike Pence issued a frank warning to Congress, calling them out for their inaction and disservice to the American people they represent. “Obamacare has failed, and Obamacare must go,” Pence said at a National Retail Federation summit in Washington, D.C. “Congress needs to do their job, and Congress needs to do their job now!” (via Youtube)
This warning comes in response to Republican Senators Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas having recently opposed the GOP’s bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, joining fellow GOP Senators Rand Paul of Kentucky and Susan Collins of Maine. As such, the bill is two votes short in the Senate.
“Inaction is not an option,” said Pence, hearkening back to comments he made earlier, that “Every day Obamacare survives is another day that America suffers.” (via Youtube)
The vice president continued his speech saying that President Trump is thankful for the efforts made by Republican congressmen on the bill and for the overwhelming support of most GOP congressmen.
However, Pence stated that both he and the president are displeased that there is no unity in the Senate, saying, “But last night we’ve learned that the Senate still doesn’t have consensus on a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare at the same time…the Senate passed the very same bill back in 2015 and sent it to President Obama’s desk and they should do it again…Congress needs to step up” (via Youtube)
The rising costs of Obamacare have been a burden on the American people, and within many states, the program is nearly collapsing. In Minnesota, Obamacare rates have risen by 50 to 67 percent. In Arizona, premiums on benchmark plans will increase by as much as 116 percent.
With claims such as “if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor,” and that Obamacare would provide “more choice, more competition, lower costs,” proving to be false, Americans across the nation are feeling the financial burden of Obama’s legacy. (via Washington Post)
While some are frustrated with these setbacks, others are more optimistic about the situation.
President Trump is trying to repeal Obamacare. Do you think the Senate should pass the healthcare bill?
When asked what would need to change to get the required number of votes, GOP Senator John Cornyn said “A little passage of time.” After hearing the news, Trump told reporters he was disappointed in some of the members of the Senate, and that he was changing his plan to “let Obamacare fail and then the Democrats are going to come to us.” The president still has some hope that the original plan might go through in time, but it “may not be as quick as we had hoped,” he said. (via CNN)
Although it’s understandable that not everyone within the GOP would agree with the president one hundred percent of the time, having dissenters effectively derail one of the Republican’s most important projects, especially when the vast majority of the party agrees with it, shows a disappointing lack of judgment on the part of these elected officials.
Republicans control the majority of both the legislative and executive branches. It’s not often that this happens, and GOP congressmen need to step up and support the president’s efforts in healthcare reform.