Republican Leadership Is Chickening Out!
Stanley Feld M.D.FACP, MACE
Since the Republican’s massive victory in November President Obama has been setting up strategy to blame Republicans for all that will go wrong as that majority pledged they would repeal Obamacare.
It was strange that President Obama was not contrite or acted defeated by the election. He said 66% of the people did not vote. He said that those 66% did agreed with his policies and therefore it was a mandate for him to carry on.
President Obama knows he has the RINO’s on their heels
The traditional mainstream media did not question President Obama’s premise that 66% liked his policies.
Another explanation could be that those 66% disagree with President Obama’s policies. They believe in President Obama but believe his policies are wrong and did not vote for them.
After all, President Obama said the election was about his policies.
He has not paid attention to needs or will of the Americans people.
President Obama has used the traditional mainstream media (TMM) to promote his agenda. After the TMM publishes the Obama administration’s lies over and over again it becomes the truth even though it remains a lie.
A perfect current example is the administration’s lie that open enrollment for Obamacare is going great.
‘The Republican moves come, ironically, as the Affordable Care Act is working fairly well. The three-month enrollment season for 2015 is going smoothly and will likely surpass the administration’s modest second year goals of having 9 million covered in exchange plans.’
After two years of open enrollment if Obamacare signs up the original estimate of 13 million, it still has 320 million people short. However, President Obama will tout the amazing success ever though Obamacare is unsuccessful and harmful to Americans who were satisfied with their insurance and their doctor before Obamacare.
President Obama has been collecting increased taxes for Obamacare for 4 years.
“Republicans have been vowing to repeal Obamacare for nearly five years. But 2015 could be the year that Republicans finally define how they would replace it.”
Now Republicans are chickening out. Some Republicans want to delay their repeal strategy until after the Supreme Court rules on the King v. Burwell case in June. Some want to delay it until the presidential campaign in 2016.
I believe Republicans should be aggressive. They should lay out a business model that will work immediately. Then repeal Obamacare . Let the President veto the bill as Republican actively work to replace Obamacare with a carefully explained alternative that makes sense to the public. Republicans can then try to overturn the Presidents veto.
President Obama has asked Republicans over and over again to give him some ideas to fix Obamacare. Obamacare cannot be fixed because of President Obama’s ideology. It must be repealed.
Republicans have many ideas to replace Obamacare with. For years they’ve discussed tax credits to buy insurance, high-risk insurance pools that work and allowing insurance to be sold across state lines. They need to put these ideas together with a compelling and viable business plan such as my ideal medical savings account.
Republicans must create a consumer driven healthcare system.
President Obama and the media have mocked Republicans for not having a plan or offering a fix for Obamacare. I said previous there is not fix for Obamacare. The American public does not want their freedoms restricted. In addition a single party payer system have failed economically in all of the developed countries except Switzerland.
“Various Republican proposals have been put forth over the years, but forging agreement requires bridging deep ideological differences among Republicans about the scope of a plan, the role and responsibility of the federal government in health care, and how much to money to spend.”
A plan must include an entirely new system that includes a business plan. The plan must include the freedom for consumers of healthcare to choose and provide access to care without rationing of care.
The plan must also include systems of care for the most expensive chronic diseases such as Diabetes, Asthma, Cancer and Chronic Infectious Diseases.
The plan must not exclude access of care for the elderly that need hip replacements, knee replacements, cancer treatment or heart disease.
The plan must develop a system for decreasing the cost of the treatment of chronic diseases. It must have within the treatment system a plan to make the consumers more responsible for the health and healthcare dollars.
It should shift the responsibility of care from the government and insurance companies to consumers. Consumers should decide what they need not the government.
Republicans have had six years to decide on what they should be promoting.
President Obama is in a perfect position to mock and veto any Republican piecemeal suggestion.
President Obama has already smiled regarding the new Republican majorities when he said he has to sharpen his veto pencil implying all they will do is present bills that are stupid.
However, the Republican leadership, rather than passing bills in the senate and house of representative to repeal Obamacare, have chosen to work with the Democrats and President Obama.
The Republican leadership is too afraid to do anything scary. They are afraid to lose votes to the Saul Alinsky tactic of ridicule. It might cause them to lose the 2016 Presidential election.
So what does the Republican leadership do the first day they are in power? They take away key healthcare committee chairmanships of leaders who have voted for the removal of Speaker Boehner.
Next they propose a lame reform to change the definition of part-time employment from 29 hour a week to 40 hours per week.
“President Obama would veto Republican legislation that would alter the definition of full-time work under Obamacare from 30 to 40 hours, the White House said Tuesday.”
It is a stupid proposal on many levels.
The Harvard faculty uproar of the last few days is very important. Almost all the faulty were big supporters of Obamacare until it affected them. I hope the rest of the country reacts the same way and demands their local newspapers publish multiple stories about their citizens pain.
Now that the Republicans are in power in both houses they should be educating the public about the irreparable issues in Obamacare and define its business model for 2020.
The Republicans should let everyone know they are feeling the public’s pain. Republicans should define a business plan that will provide healthcare for everyone at an affordable cost.
The opinions expressed in the blog “Repairing The Healthcare System” are, mine and mine alone
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