My prediction at this point is that, even if the Republicans control all branches of government in January 2017, this program (Obamacare), which will have accomplished almost nothing that was intended, will nevertheless survive as another welfare program providing largesse to ten million or so people and will be added to that long list of entitlements that will be impossible to roll back.–The Texas Pilgrim, April 2014
Finally, we are soon to see the first of several proposals from Congress dealing with the various aspects of the overall plan to “repeal and replace” the national health care system known derisively as Obamacare. When we actually see the reaction to these plans in written draft form we can begin to understand how close I came to my predication of three years ago. I hope I am wrong, but I still believe it will be pretty close, except for the number receiving the benefits, which is now probably around 20 million, including the Medicaid expansion that accompanied the law in the 31 states that opted for it. So, ask yourself which Governors and legislators will step forward and support a bill removing any of these people from the medical insurance subsidy rolls or even reducing it? And which Republicans from the 19 states that didn’t expand Medicaid programs will support a plan that would reward states that did?
These are just a couple of very difficult issues to be resolved, among many others. Meanwhile, Obama’s legacy lives on. My question is, given a law as reviled as this one that was passed without a single Republican vote, the outrage over which was the centerpiece of the opposition to the Obama administration, why after seven years hasn’t there been a viable plan for replacement by them in anticipation of this opportunity? If the GOP deserves to be the majority party, it’s time for them to stand and deliver.