“Repeal and replace” was a term which has been thrown around ever since President Obama’s signature healthcare measure was signed into law in 2010. These constant calls have been continuously echoed by Republicans ever since it was first passed.
Now, though, it appears that the law might just be here to say. Speaker Paul Ryan’s measure was one which was heavily criticized by the more conservative members of Congress, predominantly the House Freedom Caucus. It was argued that the measure was “Obamacare Lite,” meaning it would not substantially change the insurance industries and markets of the country.
Nonetheless, Republican leadership continued pushing the bill even with the opposition. As it was pushed, it was presumably assumed that the more conservative members would compromise and end up voting in favor of the measure. In the end, they were not willing to vote for it as existed. They continued to ask for additional provisions to actually change the system, but these were not added.
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When the bill was presented, it was brought up in committee just two days later. As it moved forward, amendments were not allowed to be made to the law as existed. This is something which greatly breaks from past precedent and may it such that changes would be impossible to be made to is existed.
Now, it appears that Paul Ryan is saying Obamacare is here to stay. In response to the failure to pass it he stated,
“We’re going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future.”
This comes largely in despite to the promises which had been routinely made. Predictably though these conservatives are advocated for a new measure to be brought to a vote. One which would be substantially different and would certainly change the health care status quo.
What do you think, who’s fault is it if Obamacare is not completely repealed and replaced? Should Paul Ryan take the blame for everything going on? Be sure to let HYPELINE News think in the comments!