Republican Party States Deadline to Repeal Obamacare Will Not Be Met

During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump indicated he would work to get Obamacare repealed within the first 100 days in office.  In action that can only be described as “immediate” when talking government wheels of action, Republicans began the process to repeal Obamacare upon Trump winning the presidential election.  However, despite an early start, the GOP majority Congress has acknowledged the deadline to repeal Obamacare, which occurs on Friday, January 20th,  will not be met.

According to the Wall Street Journal:

Both the GOP-controlled House and Senate passed budgets this month requiring four committees to deliver proposals by Jan. 27 to roll back major tenets of the 2010 health-care law.

The Friday deadline is whizzing by in part because there are no consequences for missing the Jan. 27 date, which was always viewed as optimistic. In addition, the GOP strategy has shifted after a sizable group of Republicans balked at repealing the health care law without having a replacement in hand.

Previously, the Democrats and Republicans have been characterized as “different cheeks of the same butt” or “different sides of the same coin.”  The proof of this analogy is confirmed with a “group of Republicans” who hesitate to repeal Obamacare without some type of replacement.  Despite the Constitution’s enumerated powers contained in Article I, Section 8,  not authorizing the federal government any authority over health care or health care insurance, Republicans are set to violate the Constitution, in the same manner as Democrats, by repealing the Democrat version of a health care insurance law with their Republican version.  Like a broken record, Republicans claim “budget reconciliation” as the proverbial “bump in the road” to repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

Here is what the Wall Street Journal reported many in both chambers of Congress had to say about repeal.

“We’re speeding up replacement because most senators I talk with want to have a pretty good idea of what the replacement’s going to be before we vote for a repeal,” Sen. Lamar Alexander (R., Tenn.), the chairman of the Senate health panel, told reporters this week. “Plus we don’t want any of the repeal to take effect until there are concrete, practical alternatives in place.”

“I am as not hung up on the deadline,” said Rep. Pat Tiberi of Ohio, a senior Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee, which is tasked with drafting major elements of the health law’s overhaul. “It’s more important to be on the same page on policy issues than the timeline,” he said. As to when committees produce legislation: “That’s above my pay grade.”

Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, who joined House GOP leadership this year, said Republicans have an incentive to pass the health-care law quickly so they can then turn to their next budget for fiscal year 2018. Republicans want to use a procedural shortcut tied to the budget, known as “reconciliation,” in the spring to enable them to pass an overhaul of the tax code.

Republicans will pass the health-law legislation “in the next couple of months because we’ve got to get rid of one reconciliation before we get into our next budget,” he told reporters Wednesday. “We’re going to be moving that fairly quickly.”

Just like Democrats, Republicans promote a “nanny state” where government is to control aspects of citizens’ lives when “they” deem it appropriate, regardless of the law as prescribed by the Constitution for the united States of America.  And, as the Wall Street Journal reported, Republicans are full of ideas but cannot garner a consensus.  It is this very reason — full of ideas but unable to agree — that the Constitution limited the federal government to only business shared by the individual States and reaffirmed the recognition and guarantee of protection of individual God-given rights to the citizens.  Even if Republicans garner a consensus on health care and/or health care insurance, their ideas may be 180 degrees off of some of the citizens.

Obamacare did not work, which was a Democrat plan.  A Republican plan will not fare any better.  However, it will reveal the dispensation of Republicans to promote a welfare/nanny state just like their Democrat counterparts.

Because the “crafting of a new health-care system is a complicated endeavor” according to the Journal, Rep. Diane Black (R-TN), interim chair of the House Budget Committee, indicated to the media the legislation to repeal Obamacare would not come to the House floor until late February or early March.

Coincidentally, the deadline to file income tax occurs on April 18, 2017 for the year of 2016.  Many citizens file their taxes as soon as their W-2 forms are received.  Since the IRS is charged with collecting Obamacare penalties assessed against individuals who did not purchase mandated health care insurance, the timing is suspect and confirms the repeal being linked to the budget reconciliation, which Republicans plan to use to overhaul the tax code.

As a college professor was so fond of saying, “keep it simple stupid.”  And, as said in the past, “when anyone in Washington, DC, speaks of ‘reform’ or ‘overhaul’ (same difference), citizens can bet they will come out on the bottom once again.”  President Trump has ordered for relief to be given to citizens when it comes to certain Obamacare mandates.  However, if the States had exercised their inherent sovereignty and engaged in nullification of Obamacare, this entire mess could have been avoided since nullification of unconstitutional legislation would have killed Obamacare.  Moreover, States would have removed the usurped power of the federal government to “force” individuals to purchase a product and penalize them if they don’t.  Remember, once the federal government “assumes” power it is not authorized by the Constitution to hold, it never relinquishes that power freely.

Simply put, neither Republicans or Democrats are following the Constitution, which means all members of Congress are in violation of their oath of office.  Any plan, Republican or Democrat, that does not take government totally out of the health care and health care insurance industry is a violation of Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution.  The system that was obliterated under the disastrous legislation known as Obamacare should be reinstated.  Health Care and health care insurance should reside within the free market private sector, without government interference through any Obamacare, Romneycare, Republicare, Trumpcare, etc.

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About Suzanne Hamner

Former professional Registered Nurse turned writer; equal opportunity criticizer; politically incorrect conservative;
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