Thursday, February 9, 2017

Delaying ObamaCare Repeal Is Not An Option

Health Reform: Republicans are giving every sign that they are backing away from repealing ObamaCare anytime soon. If the GOP fails to get this done, it won't be the result of Democratic opposition, but their own incompetence.
Over the weekend, President Trump suggested that repealing and replacing ObamaCare could take a year or more. After saying just a few weeks ago that he was putting the finishing touches on a replacement plan, he's now talking as though the work has barely begun.
Some Republicans are talking up proposals to tinker around the edges with the law, and of "repair" rather than "repeal," because that's more politically palatable. Everyone is talking about how complicated the whole thing is. "Slow down!" seems to be the order of the day.
The fact that Republicans — who have been agitating for ObamaCare's repeal for six years — seem so totally unprepared to get it done now that they have the opportunity is remarkable.
It's not as though they don't have credible replacement plans. Trump's own secretary of Health and Human Services, Tom Price, introduced a replacement bill two years ago, and the House Republican leadership signed on to a detailed proposal over the summer. The GOP leadership and conservative health reforms are in general agreement about the basics of a replacement plan.
Maybe Republicans are confused about what needs to be done immediately, and what can be done over time.
Read the rest of this IBD editorial HERE.

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