7 Years of Promising Obamacare Repeal Leaves Republicans Just 1 Option

By Jarrett Stepman, Editor for The Daily Signal 

Obamacare is failing.

It has done little to fulfill its original promise of producing more choice and lower costs, and worse, has set off a cascading set of problems that will increasingly hurt the American people.

When President Donald Trump was asked Tuesday if the bill to repeal Obamacare was dead, he responded:

I don’t think it’s dead, no. But I’m certainly disappointed. For seven years, I’ve been hearing ‘repeal and replace’ from Congress, and I’ve been hearing it loud and strong. And then when we finally get a chance to repeal and replace, they don’t take advantage of it. So that’s disappointing.

On Twitter, Trump also suggested that we should just let Obamacare “fail” so we can fix it later with a good health care plan.

Though this statement is somewhat ambiguous, it would be incredibly harmful if we allow the American health care system to continue decaying.

Congress created this mess of a law and has a duty to undo it. Letting Obamacare simply collapse is not a responsible option for the American people. It doesn’t help the millions of people harmed by current policies.

Failure to tackle this issue now would squander an incredible opportunity for reform and leadership.

It is inexcusable for the GOP, which has majorities in Congress, a president in the White House, and widespread officeholders in the states, to fail on delivering on its most prominent and recurring promises from the past seven years.

As the summer drags on, and as the Republican-controlled Congress has yet to place a health care bill on the president’s desk, it’s important to remember what is at stake.

Where It Stands

As of Monday night, health care reform appeared to be in a perilous position as Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., announced they would vote “no” on the motion to proceed on the Obamacare replacement plan making its way through the Senate.

Given that these defections would likely drop the vote count below what is needed to pass the bill, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that the Senate would instead vote on the 2015 House repeal bill that was vetoed by President Barack Obama.

However, this plan could also have complications as two Republican senators, Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, said they would not vote for the 2015 repeal plan.

McConnell delayed summer recess until mid-August to get legislation through, so unless it’s canceled entirely—as some legislators suggest—Congress has just weeks to get things right before the long wait until the next session.

This is a huge risk, and could be seen as a serious blow to voters who gave the Republican Party a majority to tackle laws that were difficult to get through under a Democratic president.

A Deteriorating and Costly System

It is worth noting what the cost of failure will be if Obamacare is left in place.

As Heritage Foundation health care expert Ed Haislmaier told The Daily Signal:

Every day that goes by that Congress does not repeal Obamacare hurts Americans and further damages our health system. The Senate needs to focus on repeal to undo Obamacare’s damage and commit itself to the hard work of replacing it with a system that actually works for Americans.

Since the law was passed in 2010, Americans have suffered through mandates, premium hikes, increased taxes, and worsening options.

Insurers have pulled out of Obamacare exchanges en masse, destabilizing markets and reducing competition.

Premiums for the average American have risen enormously, in some states doubling and tripling since Obamacare was passed.

According to a study released by the Department of Health and Human Services, the average annual premium cost in 2013 was $2,784. By 2017, the average cost on HealthCare.gov was $5,712.

Additionally, Obamacare rapidly expanded Medicaid, which was designed as a safety net for low-income children, the elderly, and the disabled. When Obamacare extended its eligibility to millions of able-bodied adults, it put the program on a fiscally unsustainable path.

These are just some of the many issues that need to be tackled—or else the American health care system will continue to deteriorate.

‘Desperate Courage Makes One a Majority’

Progressives can often operate with the assumption that once passed into law, entitlements will simply never go away.

Electoral success comes and goes like the tide, yet the expansion of government seems to stay and grow regardless of temporary political change.

While conservative legislators may have a difficult electoral task, their voters should demand leadership.

Republicans have a rare opportunity, perhaps only a brief window, to undo the damage—both in the present and in the future—of a law that’s already proving to be bad for the American people.

Would the great legislative leaders in American history have balked because the task was arduous?

President Andrew Jackson once remarked that “desperate courage makes one a majority.” Relentlessly fighting to repeal Obamacare may cost some votes, it may upset special interests, and it may be a thankless responsibility. But leadership requires courage.

Though the margin for success is perhaps narrower than expected, the fight to repeal Obamacare is one worth having. It may be painful, but the consequences of failure will be much worse.

*Originally published in The Daily Signal, click here.


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Members of Congress are back in their districts for a two-week Easter recess. During this current congressional recess, liberal activists are turning out at town halls across the country to protest President Trump and fight to keep Obamacare alive. Members need to hear that any plan to repeal and replace Obamacare must…

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The Right Cure for Obamacare

By Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D., former President of the Heritage Foundation and current Chairman of the Asian Studies Center "This is not the end of the debate.” Rep. Mark Meadows said that on ABC’s “This Week” regarding the House leadership’s failed health care bill, and he’s exactly right. Even President Trump, as…

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To Fix Health Care, Congress Must Reverse Costly Regulations

By Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) When I was first elected to the Senate in 2010, I ran on a promise to repeal Obamacare. When I ran for re-election last year, I again ran on a promise to repeal Obamacare. For more than six years, I’ve made finding a way to…

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Medicaid Expansion and Kansas

By Drew Gonshorowski, Heritage Foundation Senior Policy Analyst in Simulations To expand Medicaid or to not expand Medicaid? That’s still the question facing lawmakers in Kansas and 18 other states. Though the Legislature voted for expansion earlier this week, Gov. Sam Brownback promptly vetoed the measure. Legislators are expected to…

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VIDEO: GOP Repeal Bill Left Too Much of Washington Power Grab in Place

By Genevieve Wood, Senior Contributor to The Daily Signal The federal government has been too involved in regulating America’s health care system for years. Yes, long before the unaffordable “Affordable Care Act,” aka Obamacare, came along, Washington was picking winners and losers in health care. The unfair tax treatment of health…

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Non-expansion States Should Follow Kansas’ Lead

Last week, two states rejected measures to expand Medicaid under Obamacare. The Missouri House voted down a Medicaid expansion. In Kansas, Governor Sam Brownback vetoed legislation passed by the state legislature. The legislature then attempted but failed to override Brownback’s veto. Medicaid originally existed as a safety net to provide…

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Freedom Caucus Is an Ally, Not an Enemy in Draining the Swamp

By Genevieve Wood, Senior Contributor to The Daily Signal President Donald Trump’s tweet that it’s the House Freedom Caucus that “we must fight” shows there may be a little confusion about what “draining the swamp” means or, at the very least, what it looks like. The Freedom Caucus will hurt…

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GOP Cannot “Just Hang Up” On Calls To Repeal Obamacare

Washington – According to reports, efforts to bring together the diverse House Republican Conference fell apart yesterday. Today, Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) told National Journal that the moderate Tuesday Group agreed last night that they would not meet or work with the conservative House Freedom Caucus. “If that call comes…

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House Resets Obamacare Repeal Debate

Washington — This afternoon, the House cancelled a scheduled vote on  the American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628). The bill would partially repeal and partially amend Obamacare, while leaving its core regulatory architecture in place. Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham: “The bill…

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AHCA: A Disaster On Policy, Process And Politics

Washington — After years of pledging to repeal Obamacare, House Republicans will vote on the American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628) today. The bill would partially repeal and partially amend Obamacare, while leaving its core regulatory architecture in place. Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael…

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New Analysis: Premium Hikes Largely Caused by Obamacare Regulations

By Drew Gonshorowski, Senior Policy Analyst, Simulations & Nicholas Poché, member of the Young Leaders Program at The Heritage Foundation. Until recently, the House was scheduled to vote on the American Health Care Act, the GOP leadership’s proposal to repeal and replace parts of Obamacare. That vote has been postponed. Obamacare caused premiums…

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Sentinel Doctor Legislative Strategy Call 03/22/17

Yesterday, conservatives working in the health care industry all came together for our monthly Doctor Legislative Strategy Call. Heritage Action Director of Strategic Initiatives, Jacob Reses, joined us on the call to discuss the how the current GOP plan to repeal Obamacare does not include the Title 1 Obamacare regulations responsible…

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Video: Michael Needham on why AHCA needs to repeal regulations

Check out this Fox News interview below to watch Heritage Action CEO Michael Needham discuss why the American Health Care Act (AHCA) fails to fully repeal Obamacare and what Republicans in Congress must do to improve the bill. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVDVNwMS96A…

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As Republicans Debate Health Bill, Let’s Remember Why Americans Want Obamacare Repeal

By Edmund Haislmaier, Heritage Foundation scholar in health care policy With Congress enmeshed in determining the “what” of Obamacare repeal—that is, what gets included in the Republican bill—pausing to revisit the “why” of Obamacare repeal offers important guidance for the path forward. While Obamacare has been politically polarizing from the beginning,…

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Latest Postal Reform Bill Dumps Spending on Medicare

By Gloria Taylor The United States Postal Service (USPS) has had its fair share of problems over the last decade, from a 40 percent drop in first-class mail to a loss of nearly $57 billion dollars. The latest response from Congress, the Postal Service Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 756), is still…

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Misleading Rhetoric Can’t Mask Failings of GOP Health Care Bill

By Heritage Action CEO Mike Needham “When you look at where we are, there’s over 85 percent of this bill that has universal agreement among Republicans.” That was the message from House Majority Whip Steve Scalise on Sunday. There is just one problem with that assertion: It ignores what is…

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Heritage Action Praises Brat, Palmer, and Sanford

Washington — This morning, Reps. David Brat, Gary Palmer and Mark Sanford voted against the American Health Care Act (AHCA) in the House Budget Committee because the bill would leave Obamacare’s core regulatory architecture in place.  Heritage Action released the following statement from chief executive officer Michael A. Needham: “Congressmen…

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House Leadership’s Health Bill Is Not What Republicans Promised. We Can Do Better.

By Congressman Jeff Duncan (R-SC) President Ronald Reagan once said, “We should carry a banner of no pale pastels—but one of bold colors, which make it unmistakably clear where we stand on the issues.” The 2010 mid-term elections were historic. Running opposite of President Barack Obama’s agenda—primarily the Patient Protection…

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