President Donald Trump has been in office for six months, and Republican members of Congress have still been unable to deliver a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.
There’s plenty of fingers that can be pointed on that, but the bottom line is that it hasn’t gotten done – in spite of the slew of promises Republicans made to their own constituents about making it happen.
The Republican Party is in control of all three branches of the federal government. It remains unclear if we should laugh or cry at the lack of progress on such a signature issue.
As The Hill shares, Trump sat down for lunch with GOP Senators to shake the trees a little harder.
“We shouldn’t leave town until this is complete,” he said during a lunch at the White House. “We should hammer this out and get it done.”
Trump also said that repeal isn’t enough, and that Republicans should also replace ObamaCare with new legislation.
“We can repeal, but we should repeal and replace,” he said.
“Frankly I don’t think we should leave town unless we have a health insurance plan, unless we can give people great health care,” he continued. “Because we’re close. We’re very close.’’
Trump’s advice on foregoing a recess is a complete no-brainer, and it’ll be interesting to see if it’s taken or dismissed. That will tell us all we need to know about how serious the GOP is on finally getting this done.
He acknowledged this was different from 2015, when Republican lawmakers knew former President Barack Obama would veto legislation rolling back his signature healthcare law.
“Any senator who votes against debate says you are fine with ObamaCare,” Trump said, criticizing GOP lawmakers who have said they would do just that.
“I’ve been here six months,” he continued. “I’m ready to act, pen in hand, believe me. I’m sitting in that office. I have pen in hand. You never had that before.”
Lots of talk without action is never an attractive quality, but it’s especially disheartening when we consider what’s at stake here.
Members of the GOP have been complaining forever that things are beyond their control in the nation’s capital, and that’s why they can’t get anything done. What’s the excuse now?
Trump has done everything but draw the party a map, and he’s patiently waiting at the endpoint with pen in hand. Failure to get this done will be nothing short of a monumental failure for the Republican Party.
Source: The Hill