Obamacare forever

Republicans’ secret love affair with socialized medicine

Mark Luedtke

Just as rulers planned, Obamacare forced insurance rates to skyrocket, and insurance companies are pulling out to avoid going bankrupt. The plan gets more unpopular by the day. Although voters gave Republicans more than one job, for the last six years, repealing Obamacare was job No. 1.

The only problem is Republicans secretly love Obamacare. The horrendous (and horrendously expensive program) animated Republican voters, won them both houses, and finally helped win them the presidency.

The only thing Republicans ever wanted to do with Obamacare was to tinker around the edges to share in the looting. Sure, during the six years after Obamacare was passed, while President Obama was still in office, Republicans voted to repeal it several times, but those votes were political theatre. They knew Obama would veto any repeal.

The plan was that, following a Clinton victory, Democrats would blame the market for Obamacare’s failure and Republicans would fake outrage. Then Democrats would force full-blown socialized medicine down our throats with the handful of Republican votes necessary to get it passed from pretend turncoats who could survive it.

That plan fell apart when Trump beat Clinton, because any attempt to repeal Obamacare became real.

Repeal will not happen. It goes against the philosophy of government takeover of everything, supported by both parties. It’s so obvious, Republicans can barely hide their lies. While they still mince words, senior Republicans can’t hide it.

Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan, speaking at a recent Town Hall sponsored by CNN, promised to repeal and replace Obamacare “definitely within these first 100 days” of President’s Trump’s term. Ryan claimed Republicans are “working on this as fast as possible.” However, he hedged by claiming it will take “a little bit of time.”

Baloney. Obamacare was passed in March of 2010. If Republicans wanted to repeal and replace Obamacare, they had six years and 11 months to develop a plan. They didn’t, because they didn’t want to. Unable to come up with a plan in that amount of time, they surely won’t come up with one in the next two months.

Other Republicans admit that. Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Rep. Mike Burgess of Texas, chairman of the health subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, made a different, equally worthless promise. He promised to repeal Obamacare, but the Washington Examiner reports, “…Burgess didn’t have an answer when pressed on when Congress will vote to repeal and replace the healthcare law—although he did say it will happen before the next CPAC.”

A year from now. That’s also baloney. Ryan and Burgess are playing voters for fools. They have no intention of repealing Obamacare. They’re running out the clock by making promises they never intend to fulfill.

That’s because Republicans hate President Trump, and Obamacare has become a tool they can wield against him.

While the Democrats and the one-world-government-faction of our rulers are overtly attacking, funding howling Astroturf protesters, and trying to discredit Trump daily, Republicans are quietly doing the same. They won’t repeal Obamacare and will blame Trump for lack of leadership. Failure to deliver on his promises, then blaming him, will help neuter him. Republicans expect Trump to have lost his popular support by next CPAC.

I love it when politicians retire and become more honest like former Speaker John Boehner, the architect of those phony votes to repeal Obamacare. Politico reports the former speaker told health care conference attendees, “They’ll fix Obamacare, and I shouldn’t have called it repeal and replace because that’s not what’s going to happen. They’re basically going to fix the flaws and put a more conservative box around it.”

I like how he uses the word “fix” as code for tinkering to enrich Republican cronies, not just Democrat cronies.

Thanks to Republican support, the destruction of our health insurance system by Obamacare will continue. Prices will continue to skyrocket. Obamacare taxes will continue to climb. Companies will continue to drop out or go bankrupt. Rulers will blame the private sector until the government, supposedly for our benefit, takes over and implements full-blown socialized medicine. It’ll just take a little longer than rulers hoped.

Repealing Obamacare was never going to happen. Anybody who believed Republicans would obey the will of the voters and repeal it misunderstands the nature of government and rulers. Fortunately, every day more people realize coercive government exists to steal our money and enrich rulers at our expense. Nothing else. The scales are falling from people’s eyes.

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Reach DCP freelance writer Mark Luedtke at MarkLuedtke@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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