For seven years Republicans have campaigned on repealing and replacing Obamacare. They voted six times to repeal it while Obama was in office. Now we know that those votes were nothing but political theater intended to keep the GOP in office. We know this because when they finally had a chance to repeal the failing "affordable" care act, having majorities in both chambers and a president who is actually willing and eager to sign a repeal, they walked back their campaign promises faster than you can say "mid-term elections".
I've already pointed out that both the American Health Care Act and the Better Care Reconciliation Act are not bills that repeal and replace Obamacare, they are both bills that modify the existing law. I've also pointed out that anyone who tells you otherwise is either an idiot or a liar, whether they're a Republican, Democrat or Journalist and regardless of their opinions for or against the law. Whether you think those bills are good or bad, if you're honest and have read the text of the bills, they do not repeal Obamacare.
It's time for the GOP to step up and do what they've been promising for seven years. Repeal Obamacare and figure out the rest after that. If they don't, then they liars and traitors to their base, and they'll be showing that they don't care about the people who voted them into office as much as they care about keeping their seats. Which, ironically, will potentially (and hopefully) end their careers in politics. It's time to stop making up battles to try and remain relevant and stay in power and fight the fights you're in there to win while you can win them.
You're in office, Republicans, because your constituents want you do what you said you would do. You don't have to make up reasons to stay relevant and in power like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. After healthcare, you still have taxes, overspending, national security, over-regulation and term limits to work on. And if you complete all of your goals, you'll still need to be present to keep things running the way you want, or you can follow the example of Nigel Farage and, having competed your political goals, figure out something else to do. After all, a career entirely paid for by the tax payers may seem noble, but do you really want to do the same thing Bernie Sanders is doing?
Update: While writing this op-ed I became aware that Sen. McConnell intends to have the senate vote on a clean repeal with a two year delay.
If they do this, and the House follows suit, the Grand Old Party will finally be telling the truth. If they don't then they will be the Grand Old Traitors, and I will recommend that everyone vote against them in the 2018 mid-term elections, either for Republican challengers in primaries or for Libertarians or Democrats. Because at least they stick to their principles.
It's time to stop saying you're the party of small government and the party of Lincoln and start being the party of small government and the party of Lincoln.
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