Republican efforts to overturn Obamacare are heading into the wastebasket of tired and stale political efforts.
Going from nowhere to nothing if Obamacare is overturned, the Republicans can’t buy a break even from their own.
Not unless there is a replacement.
Not unless Obamacare can be dismantled and health insurance can be delivered by insurers at a price Americans can afford with deductibles that don’t make a mockery out of the claim that Americans are covered.
For they are not.
The insurance industry, which provides nothing materially to anyone except health insurance policies, needs to be reigned in and if necessary, its operational agenda needs to be entirely overhauled.
Instead of doing this, the Republicans trip and fall over their conservatism in an ineffectual effort at making things better when in reality the dismantling of Obamacare will only make things worse for the uninsured and the underinsured.
Senator John McCain’s promise to vote against the measure coming up has already been discounted by the Republicans.
Senator Susan Collins, the Republican from Maine has said she will likely not vote to dismantle Obamacare.
Collins’ position on the bill is hardly a shock. She is the least conservative member of the Republican caucus and has voted against every repeal bill to come up for a vote so far.
But her vote remains pivotal, because the GOP has only 52 seats in the upper chamber and two other GOP senators, John McCain from Arizona and Rand Paul from Kentucky, have already declared their opposition. A no from Collins would leave Republicans at least one short of 50, the minimum they need to pass the bill under special parliamentary authority that expires on Sept. 30.
The vote, however, is not about the Senate.
It is about the power of lobbyists to order the Republicans what they can and should do — which is anything but to order insurance companies across the board to offer to insure and to provide Americans with affordable health insurance and small deductibles.
After all, this would take the creation of real meaningful legislation that has teeth and real bite instead of the gutless dismantling bill readying for its vote on September 30.
Another minor bit — failing to provide guarantees that insurance companies accept applications and approve them from Americans with pre-existing conditions is not helping the prospects for this vote.
None of this can be accomplished both Republicans and Democrats like to say.
Whether you are Senator Rand Paul, another who is against dismantling Obamacare
Too expensive of Senators McCain and Collins, the echo in our chambers of government from both sides goers something like this. We can’t afford it. It will bankrupt the nation.
Yet we remain the one nation on earth spending more money for health care and with fewer of our people covered by it than any nation on the earth.
The health care provided is also the most expensive on the earth.
But Collin’s vote remains pivotal, because the GOP has only 52 seats in the upper chamber and two other GOP senators, John McCain from Arizona and Rand Paul from Kentucky, have already declared their opposition. A no from Collins would leave Republicans at least one short of 50, the minimum they need to pass the bill under special parliamentary authority that expires on Sept. 30.
It is likely the bill will fail and nothing will change.
The Congress, the Senate and even the Executive branch are adept at 15 year long wars we are not allowed to win and which we finance to the point of nearly bankrupting ourselves as a nation.
In fact, because of the wars we can’t afford health insurance for Americans.
This upcoming vote is a joke.
It is a joke on the American people.
All of us.