Was the Republican Establishment Ever Serious About Repealing Obamacare?
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I don’t think they were ever serious about repealing health care, the Republicans. I don’t think they ever were. I think that it has been lip service from the get-go. The votes to stop — I mean, the leadership, House and Senate, I don’t think they’ve ever really been serious about repealing Obamacare, especially since the Supreme Court decision. I don’t think so. Well, here’s why. I was gonna get into this later, but now is as good a time as any.
If you go back and remember, soon as Obamacare was signed into law, every Republican running for office promised we’re gonna do everything we can to repeal this, right? It’s what the Tea Party wanted. It’s what most Americans today still want, is for this bill to not go full-fledged effect. Most Americans still don’t like it, and it’s an increasing number. And now the unions are joining the chorus, the anti-Obamacare chorus. Then the Supreme Court decision happened, and the Republicans ramped up again. But now the Republican leadership in Washington is saying, “Nah, there’s not really anything we can do now.”
You have Mike Lee, senator from Utah, who has a plan to defund large elements of Obamacare in the continuing resolution fight coming up in September, and a bunch of Republicans are saying, “We really shouldn’t, dumb idea, can’t do it, wouldn’t make any sense.” So I’m wondering, did they ever mean it in the first place, then? And I have to tell you, it’s easy to see this in hindsight. I always have had my suspicions about this, but have you noticed in the last, I guess week to 10 days, an increasing number of Republicans, House and Senate both, in leadership and high-ranking, are just totally caving on it? And they want no part of Mike Lee’s effort, and they’re out laughing at it or making fun of it or saying it doesn’t have a prayer or it’s dumb or it’s stupid or what have you.
That’s what has led me to question how serious they were at first when they talked about trying to repeal it. I know that they were saying what people wanted to hear, politicians do. But there was a little bit of me that thought that they meant it. They’re Republicans. Nobody ought to be in favor of this. I mean, it’s a disaster. But now the energy has gone from the opposition and something’s happened. Something has changed that has taken the wind out of the sails of all these Republicans who opposed it.