For eight years, all republicans ever talked about or voted on was repeal and replace Obamacare. As it turns out, their solution is a Dickensian version of healthcare cobbled together in the last few seconds. Worse, the dim-witted republicans who crafted this debacle, gathered together on the White House lawn and in a spectacle of stupidity, feigned the appearance of action while kicking twenty-four million Americans off their healthcare. Republicans have somehow managed to take something that only needed fixing, completely dismantle it and render it useless. Three signature provisions to this legislative masterpiece allows states to opt out of pre-existing coverage, permits insurance companies to raise rates on patients with pre-existing conditions and defunds state expansions of Medicaid. This abomination eliminates protections, cuts hospitalization, doctor visits, maternity, mental health, lab tests, Planned Parenthood, prescriptions and preventative care. However, the real cruelty is designed to reveal itself in just a few years. Once the Obamacare subsidies are replaced the middleclass will struggle to renew insurance policies and state budgets will collapse trying to provide health services to the working poor and the elderly.
The truth is this debacle is simply another tactic in the broader republican strategy to render government agencies weak and ineffective. This is the driving principle behind the republican healthcare bill-to dismantle social insurance like Obamacare, Medicare and Medicaid by eroding federal funding and public support over time. As Obama recently stated so eloquently “It actually doesn’t take a lot of courage to aid those who are already powerful, already comfortable and already influential. But it does require some courage to champion the vulnerable and the sick and the infirm.” And that is the difference between actually governing and simply opposing legislation to protect private interests.