That would be the bill landing on Obama’s desk from the House to repeal Obamacare. In the midst of Obama’s grandstanding on Gun Control Tuesday, not to mention the blow up in the Middle East, and with his last (thank heavens) State of the Union Address looming for next Tuesday, the House is actually pushing forward with a Repeal of Obamacare.
Yes, that “do-nothing Congress” (read: does not do everything Obama demands it do) has actually, finally, crafted a Repeal bill of Obamacare, rather than a Replace Bill. From The Hill:
[…] While some Republicans have pushed to put forward an alternative to ObamaCare, others have argued that full repeal should be the first priority.
The repeal argument has won out for now. By approving the reconciliation bill, Republicans hope they will bolster their chances in the 2016 elections by showing voters what would happen if they controlled Washington.
The repeal vote is being accomplished through reconciliation, a complex budget tactic that allowed Republicans to bypass a filibuster from Senate Democrats.
GOP leaders in both chambers adopted the reconciliation strategy after the 2014 elections, when Republicans won control of Congress for the first time since 2006.
Passage of the bill could help persuade the conservative base that congressional Republicans remain committed to fully repealing the law, despite setbacks.
“You can use this bill once a year, and we used it for this,” Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) recently said on conservative host Bill Bennett’s national radio show.
Getting to this point wasn’t smooth. Some of the party’s presidential hopefuls, including Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), argued the reconciliation bill did not go far enough to repeal the law. Rubio ultimately voted for the bill, while Cruz did not. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
In other words, with the Reconciliation tool, the Republicans are doing what the Democrats did to get this abysmal law passed in the first place. It is about damn time they turned the tactics used by the Democrats against them, isn’t it?
Oh, and I am not being hyperbolic when I claim this law has been abysmal. From the Daily Signal:
[…] Although it faces certain veto, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the president is only buying time for a dying law. Obamacare is in bad shape—both economically and ethically. If it were possible for a law to repeal itself, this one would be well on the way.
It’s becoming increasingly clear that the president is only buying time for a dying law
Simply put, three years into its implementation, the internal contradictions and weaknesses of Obamacare are multiplying.
First, more than half of the health insurance co-ops established under the bill went belly-up just as the open season began on the Obamacare insurance exchanges. Millions of dollars in federal loan guarantees went down the drain. In late October, the Kentucky Health Cooperative was, as its website decorously says, placed “into rehabilitation.” Several days later, the people of Kentucky elected a new governor who is opposed to Obamacare.
Soon after, United Health Care, the largest private insurer in the country, announced it was lowering its investment in marketing the Obamacare exchanges because of major financial losses.
The number of Co-ops failing are very high indeed which, by the way, means MORE wasteful spending of your hard-earned tax dollars. The biggest Obamacare Co-op in has gone belly up already. Not only is our money being wasted, but the justification for this law in the first place – insuring those who cannot afford insurance or do not have it – fails miserably.
Then there is this issue. Again, from the Daily Signal:
[…] In order to ensure that Americans buying insurance on the exchanges would have at least one option that excludes coverage of elective abortion, Obamacare incentivized states to establish multi-state plans (MSPs) that could be offered to consumers everywhere.
These plans are administered by the federal Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and are designed to have access to millions of consumers eligible for premium subsidies in the exchange system.
In order to qualify as multi-state plans, however, the insurers were obliged to have their multi-state plan available in more states each year, beginning at 30 the first year and eventually reaching all 50 four years later.
This “glide path” to a 50-state multi-state plan system was less than ideal for pro-life advocates because it held the potential that some states would have no publicly subsidized plan with pro-life provisions for many years.
That concern was borne out, as the Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) has documented, as a number of states offered no pro-life alternative health plan as Obamacare began.
Now even some existing OPM-managed multi-state plans are faltering. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
Which surprises me not one bit.
All I can say is that I cannot WAIT for this law to be repealed. I know that just for us, the changes we have had to make in our healthcare coverage are massive. We have higher premiums for far less coverage, much higher deductibles, and more out-of-pocket expenses, all thanks to Obamacare.
And not for nothing, but Obamacare is another way in which this President has acted un-Constitutionally by holding back some parts of the law that are particularly unpalatable during election years. That is how he rolls – as a Dictator rather than as a US President.
The ineffectiveness, the cost, the lack of coverage, the forced coverage in some areas are just some of the reasons this law must be repealed, and then replaced with something that works. Hence the importance of getting a Republican in the White House who will allow it to be repealed. If we end up with a President Clinton or Sanders (heaven forfend), we will be stuck with this law forever.
And frankly, that idea just makes me sick.
This is an Open Thread.