Repeal Effort Alive and Well as Obamacare Turns Five
“When I sign this bill, all of the overheated rhetoric over reform will finally confront the reality of reform.”
That was President Barack Obama’s hope five years ago when he signed Obamacare into law. His claim was not without historical precedent, as Social Security, Medicare and even Medicaid were swiftly accepted by Republicans. And to be fair, some leading Republicans even said full repeal of Obamacare was “frankly a distraction.”
Fortunately, conservatives all around the country and conservative leaders in Congress refused to accept “no repeal” as the Republican Party’s position. Five years later, Obamacare’s grip on our economy and health care choices has hardened, but it has not calcified. The Associated Press casually noted “permanence of the president’s achievement remains in question” to this day.
The law’s future remains uncertain because full repeal has become the Republican Party’s position – a position that delivered a historic majority in the House and the first Senate majority in nearly a decade. Now it is time for those majorities to continue the fight against Obamacare by sending a bill to repeal all of Obamacare to the President’s desk.
Doing so will send a signal to everyone – hospitals, insurance companies, politicians, lobbyists and voters – that Obamacare will be repealed in 2017 if Republicans hold the House and Senate and win the White House next year.
Obama’s signature achievement, a policy that has hurt millions of Americans, could be wiped from the books in less than two years. To accomplish that though, Republicans in Congress must begin leading.