President Trump and Republicans in the Senate are gearing up one last time to repeal Obamacare before the end of the month.
Previous failures have made Republicans nervous and every vote will count as Democrats have repeatedly refused to repeal Obamacare, as Politico reported. On Twitter, Trump gave a stern warning to any Republican thinking about betraying their party again. “Rand Paul, or whoever votes against [healthcare bill] will forever (future political campaigns) be known as ‘the Republican who saved Obamacare.’”
Rand Paul, or whoever votes against Hcare Bill, will forever (future political campaigns) be known as “the Republican who saved ObamaCare.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 22, 2017
The last-ditch effort to remove Obamacare comes in a piece of legislation that denies states the ability to access government grant funding for the program. Severing a major source of funding would help kill the program once and for all. The legislation was drafted by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA).
Many are concerned that the bill won’t pass considering the previous measures were voted down, despite Republicans holding the majority in the Senate. The previous attempts failed due to turncoat Republicans siding with Democrats.
Currently, Rand Paul (R-KY) has stated on Twitter he would be voting against the measure, claiming it’s “Obamacare Lite” and not a true repeal, “No one is more opposed to Obamacare than I am, and I’ve voted multiple times for repeal. The current bill isn’t repeal. I won’t vote for Obamacare Lite that keeps 90% of the taxes & spending just so some people can claim credit for something that didn’t happen. Calling a bill that KEEPS most of Obamacare ‘repeal’ doesn’t make it true. That’s what the swamp does. I won’t be bribed or bullied.”
Another Republican who has not officially declared her position, but is expected to vote no is Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), given her moderate stance and previous no votes for Obamacare repeals.
According to Time, Senator Collins refuses to support a repeal of Obamacare because it would be too devastating to her constituents. “I can’t support a bill that will greatly increase premiums for our older Americans. I cannot support a bill that is going to result in tens of millions of people losing their health insurance.”
While there will undoubtedly be those who are negatively affected by the removal of Obamacare, the claim that “tens of millions of people” will lose their coverage is misleading.
The Daily Signal reports that many of those tens of millions are actually Americans who would rather not have coverage under Obamacare, but are obligated to under the individual mandate.
Health Care expert, Avik Roy, pointed to studies showing the startling number of individuals forced to use Obamacare and would gladly leave if the mandate was eliminated. He remarked,“of the 22 million fewer people who will have health insurance in 2026 under the Senate [health care] bill, 16 million will voluntarily drop out of the market because they will no longer face a financial penalty for doing so: 73 percent of the total.”
So when Democrats tout that Obamacare is working because so many millions have insurance and removing it would be devastating, or when Senator Collins claims she can’t support a repeal because “tens of millions” would lose their insurance, they’re leaving out an important fact — those individuals don’t want Obamacare insurance.
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The supposed “success” of Obamacare is actually tens of millions of Americans forced to have coverage under Obamacare or suffer financial penalties. This isn’t a beneficial program that many are thrilled with — it’s health care enslavement.
Republicans need to come together and repeal Obamacare so Americans can return to the plans they want, or go uninsured if they’d prefer. Democrats need to stop claiming that the millions forced to sign up or suffer consequences are proof of the program’s success.
And those Republicans who fail to realize this and keep Obamacare alive need to understand they will be effectively alienating themselves from their own party, the President, and most importantly, their own voters.