“On day one of the Trump Administration, we will ask Congress to immediately deliver a full repeal of Obamacare.” Besides being prominently displayed on his campaign website, that was one of Donald Trump’s most consistent and popular promises.
He shows no sign of backtracking on his pledge to replace Obamacare with a more “market friendly” and efficient solution to America’s health care crisis.
But the question is: can it really be eliminated easily? Think of all the levels of bureaucracy that were established to institute Obamacare.
Well, they say that every journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. In the case of repealing and replacing Obamacare, that first small step has been taken:
The new Congress was sworn in on Tuesday, and the first thing it did was prepare to repeal Obamacare.
Senate Budget Committee Chair Michael Enzi (R-WY) introduced a budget resolution Tuesday that includes “reconciliation instructions” that enable Congress to repeal Obamacare with a simple Senate majority. Passing a budget resolution that includes those instructions will mean that the legislation can pass through the budget reconciliation process, in which bills cannot be filibustered. That means Republicans will only need 50 of their 52 members in the Senate, and a bare majority in the House, to pass legislation repealing the Affordable Care Act. According to the Wall Street Journal, the budget resolution could be passed by both houses as early as next week.
That report comes from the far-left website Vox, where they warn that:
Donald Trump has not yet taken office. But make no mistake: Congress is already starting to enact his, and the Republican Party’s, agenda, and Democrats don’t have the votes to stop it.
Exactly. Trump’s promise to replace Obamacare would have been empty unless the Republicans had won that majority in Congress on election night. For many Democrats, their worst case scenario was a Trump presidency that would at least be “balanced” (that is, sabotaged) by a Democrat majority in the House and Senate.
Of course, America’s new reality is the left’s worst nightmare. The most they will be able to do at this point is cook up scare stories about sick people dying in the streets thanks to mean old Donald Trump. While the transition from Obamacare to whatever Trump has in mind won’t be quick and easy, in the end it will likely benefit more Americans than before.
Source: Allen B. West