Republicans keep stepping up to the plate to finally get the repeal and replacement of Obamacare done, but they are once again walking back to the dugout with their heads hung low after another embarrassing whiff.
The GOP has made a countless number of promises to make it happen, but they can’t even get members of their own party on the same page. As President Donald Trump might say, that’s just sad.
While there’s plenty of fingers that can be pointed – as usual – this time around, a big one is being pointed in the direction of the so-called ‘moderate’ Republicans in the Senate. As the Daily Wire points out, those same moderates were on board not too long ago.
Just hours after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced that he would attempt to bring a plain repeal of Obamacare to the floor of the Senate, the so-called “moderates” in the Senate moved to kill such a move. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), who voted for repeal in 2015, said, “If it is a bill that simply repeals, I believe that will add to more uncertainty.”
Other senators standing in the way (who previously supported repeal) include Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia (Quartz).
So what gives? Why the hand-wringing now when there’s essentially a big old duck sailing over the center of the plate? Perhaps it’s high time to dig into the motivations of Republicans that are dragging their feet.
This is an excellent opportunity for conservatives to find out who was serious about Obamacare repeal, and who wasn’t. This should be a litmus test for conservative primary challengers.
While President Trump is focusing, laserlike, on offing Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) for the crime of not being sufficiently deferential to Trump himself, Republicans should focus on whether they need Senators who vote to keep in place bad Democratic legislation out of a desire to expand government.
Midterm elections are right around the corner, and the GOP-led Congress seems intent on making sure the majority swings the other way.
If they can’t make anything happen when the stars are aligned perfectly, how can we assume that they’ll ever be able to accomplish anything of significance?
The answer is that we can’t. We’ll keep our fingers crossed that the Republicans without a sense of urgency will face strong Primary challenges from members of the party that have a lot more pep in their step.
Source: The Daily Wire