The fight to repeal Obamacare is on today and partisan lines have been drawn, with some Republicans choosing to side with Democrats.
At an event hosted at the White House, Trump made one final attempt to unite the politicians to repeal Obamacare. He issued a stern warning that if the step toward repeal fails, they would be guilty of a “meaningless promise” and would be responsible for “death.” (via NBC)
Today Congress meets to vote on a measure that will open up the opportunity for senators to debate the repeal of Obamacare. Trump has warned Republicans via Twitter that this vote is their last chance, saying, “Republicans have a last chance to do the right thing on Repeal & Replace after years of talking & campaigning on it.” (via Donald J. Trump Twitter)
On Monday, Trump held an event at the White House to serve as a call to action for both Republicans and Democrats to “do the right thing” and repeal Obamacare. He gave many examples of individuals whose lives were ruined by Obamacare. He told the story of former police officer Steve Finn who has seen his premiums “skyrocket” since Obamacare was enacted. Most heartbreaking was the story of Marjorie and Kevin Weer, who were unable to seek care for their son with spina bifida because of Obamacare. (via CNN)
He berated Republicans who have promised for “seven years” to repeal and replace, but failed to do so. Trump reminded Republicans of their obligation to fulfill their promises, adding, “Every Republican running for office promised immediate relief from this disastrous law. We, as a party, must fulfill that solemn promise to the voters of this country to repeal and replace.” (via CNN)
Trump made it clear that Democrats were not going to be of any help in the effort to repeal Obamacare and Republicans needed to unite if they hoped to pass the motion. “Democrats aren’t giving us one vote, so we need virtually every single vote from Republicans.” (via NBC)
Fifty votes are needed for the motion to be passed and work to begin to repeal Obamacare. Currently there are 52 Republicans in the Senate, and with zero Democrats willing to support the effort to repeal Obamacare, they can only afford to lose two Republican votes. This is concerning, considering Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) has stated she will likely vote against the bill today, meaning Republicans can only afford to lose one more vote or risk losing their chance to repeal.
Trump made it very clear on Monday that any Democrat or Republican who sides with failing Obamacare is essentially “telling America that you are fine with the Obamacare nightmare, which is what it is.” (via CNN)
Sunday Trump sent out a stark warning on Twitter about the ominous implications if Obamacare is not repealed soon, saying, “If Republicans don’t Repeal and Replace the disastrous Obamacare, the repercussions will be far greater than any of them understand!” (via Donald J. Trump Twitter)
Trump warned Republicans that if they don’t repeal Obamacare today, the results are their fault. Do you agree with President Trump?
Some of the potential repercussions of not repealing and replacing Obamacare, according to the former Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson, is that premiums will continue to skyrocket, making healthcare impossible for anybody to afford and private insurance companies will be forced to drop out of the industry, providing fewer options for Americans.
The result will be everyone going without healthcare, as the only options remaining will be too expensive or won’t provide enough coverage for people’s needs.
Republicans need to unite to repeal Obamacare before this happens. Democrats can claim that removing Obamacare would cause millions to lose healthcare coverage, but its continued existence and inevitable implosion will result in everyone losing healthcare.