ELDER PATRIOT – Facts are nasty things. And, the fact is that John McCain and Lisa Murkowski are nothing more than obstructionist Democrats masquerading as Republicans. Or, like the Obama holdovers in the Deep State they are plants undermining the peoples’ choice of government.
Neither has ever been the friend of the middle class American taxpayer.
They proved it again last night.
McCain and Murkowski cast the decisive votes that could’ve advanced the House and Senate to conference where a joint effort to find a politically palatable solution to restore America’s once great healthcare system might’ve been arrived at.
It’s simply inarguable that in the seven years that Obamacare has been in place it has been anything other than a disaster for employers, small businesses and the hardworking Americans who have been relegated to part-time status or terminated altogether.
Both McCain and Murkowski acknowledged the destructive effects that Obamacare was wreaking on healthcare costs, services and the overall economy in early December 2015 in detailed press releases posted to their Senate websites:
- Lisa Murkowski, “This law is not affordable for anyone in Alaska. That is why I will support the bill that repeals the ACA and wipes out its harmful impacts. I can’t watch premiums for Alaskans shoot up by 30 percent or more each year, see businesses artificially constrained, or see the quality of public education decline.”
- John McCain, “It is clear that any serious attempt to improve our health care system must begin with a full repeal and replacement of Obamacare, and I will continue fighting on behalf of the people of Arizona to achieve it.”
Since then things have only gone downhill. Premiums have continued skyrocketing, deductibles have risen to levels that make using their insurance unaffordable for a large and growing portion of Americans, and choices – of doctors and insurers – have disappeared.
For sure the bill they rejected last night wasn’t perfect. It wasn’t intended to be. Its only purpose was to advance the debate to conference where the bill could be made better.
The fact is nothing in politics is perfect after the government decides it has a role to play in it and seizes control. But last night was a chance to at least support:
- The repeal of the mandates for both individuals and employers that we have Supreme Court Justice John Roberts to thank for. Never before had the government been given the authority to mandate the purchase of a product against the will of the person expected to buy it. Roberts changed that and, in the process, redefined the role of government in our lives. This was a chance to fix it.
- Waivers for each state so that they might adjust the regulations imposed by Obamacare in accordance with the desires of their constituents. Imagine that, respecting the Tenth Amendment commands that the federal government defer to the states and the people.
- Increasing limits on contributions to Health Savings Accounts (HSA) so that consumers might be able to build a tax-free reserve to cover today’s unaffordable deductibles that render their current insurance useless in too many instances.
- The repeal of the medical device tax that has unnecessarily raised the cost of service while limiting the affordability of new diagnostic offices from entering the marketplace.
- Defunding Planned Parenthood that performs over 300,000 abortions annually that almost exclusively for reasons of convenience.
McCain had been waiting for an opportunity to give Donald Trump the middle finger and didn’t care that by choosing this vote with which to do it he was shafting more than a quarter of a billion Americans.
The votes of McCain and Murkowski meant Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell needed just one Democrat to cross over and move the bill to further debate. Not a single Dem cared enough for the besieged workingmen and women to join in moving the discussion forward. So much for the “Better Deal” they launched the day before, eh?
By refusing to take any role in the debate, Democrats may be deluding themselves into believing that they have passed ownership of Obamacare on to the Republicans.
The Dems’ speeches from the well of the Senate were shameful and cynical given that they forced this monstrosity on the American people without allowing any Republican input back in 2009 and then refused to even discuss fixing it over the ensuing seven years as the system spiraled out of control.
Even after President Trump was elected largely because of his pledge to replace Obamacare, and he invited Democrats to participate in the process of replacing it, they refused to.
Their shameless and cynical treatment of the American people relies on their propaganda arm – the MSM – to make sure voters forget the history of Obamacare and the Dems’ role in turning us towards socialism – and its historical markers of slow economic growth, a depressed middle class, high taxes, over-priced goods and services, loss of personal freedoms, and endless and mounting debt – by the time the 2018 mid-term elections come around.
Of course, the Democrats’ obstructionism would’ve been for naught if McCain or Murkowski had kept their promise to America.
There’s something else both McCain and Murkowski know, that by voting to continue to allow Obamacare to massively add to our nation’s debt any meaningful tax reform has now been significantly limited, as well, putting further pressure on the middle class – giving McCain one more chance to flash Trump the middle finger.
John McCain’s legacy will forever be his votes for endless wars and unfailingly “reaching across the aisle” to bankrupt America.
It’s almost as though the rage he developed in the Hanoi Hilton has been channeled into destroying our country.