ELDER PATRIOT – Donald Trump tried everything in his power to fix America’s broken health insurance problem that has been the root cause of America’s health care crisis but at the end of the day his efforts fell to Republican obstructionists.
Trump was operating with a short bench as the 48 Democrat members of the Senate simply refused to execute their fiduciary responsibilities to participate in the debate. The Framers never probably never envisioned needing 96% support to pass legislation through the Senate but under Chuck Schumer’s New World Order that was exactly what Trump needed.
Once Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to return to the Framers’ 51-vote requirement to pass legislation it was pretty much a foregone conclusion that any attempt at cobbling together 50 votes from the only 52 senators who chose to engage in discussions to fix the broken healthcare system was going to be nearly impossible. And, so it was.
The most stinging aspect of the failure though were the three Republican women who stood in the way of outright repeal. GOP Senators Susan Collins, Shelley Moore Capito and Lisa Murkowski have promised oppose a repeal of the disastrous Affordable Care Act that has resulted in skyrocketing premiums and deductibles that has priced the cost of even a basic doctor’s visit beyond the reach of many subscribers.
Senator Collins came up with one of the most disingenuous excuses imaginable when she said, “I believe it would cause the insurance markets to go into turmoil.” WTF? There are virtually no insurance markets to send into turmoil. Choices of insurers in some markets no longer exist and in others there’s not even a single insurer offering coverage.
Murkowski is a bald faced duplicitous liar that is something we learned when she lost the Republican primary to Joe Miller and then ran anyway and split the vote to get elected in 2010. She proved it again by opposing the repeal bill now that it can become a reality after having voted to send the same repeal bill to Obama in 2015. In other words she lied to Alaska’s conservatives twice!
Capito signed onto repeal in 2015 but her vote now that it counts comes as no surprise. She is a big government politician who has sponsored over 113 pieces of legislation, making her the most prolific federal legislator of the freshmen Senators elected in 2014 from either side of the aisle.
While it is a bitter defeat for President Trump he will move on to tax reform where he’ll similarly expose corporatist pols from both sides of the aisle along the way.
As for the healthcare debacle, he will let Democrats and deserving Republicans own it and count on Americans to figure out who their real friends are.
“As a civilian for seven years I’ve been hearing about health care. Obamacare is a total disaster. Some states had over a 200% increase (triple the price) in their premiums and their deductibles are through the roof. It’s an absolute disaster.
“Let Obamacare fail and then everybody is going to have to come together and fix it. We’ll let Obamacare fail. We’re not going to own it. I’m not going to own it. We’ll let Obamacare fail and then the Democrats are going to come to us.”
Trump stopped short of naming Republicans but it won’t be for much longer. He ran for president to make a difference and he’s let them all know they’re on a very short leash. For Trump failure is not an option.
For us, the task of identifying the obstructionists who must be replaced with lion-hearted originalists will continue. Trump has shown us the way. All we have to do is follow his lead.