After two failed attempts to carry out their promise to repeal and replace Obamacare, many Americans were beginning to feel like they were stuck with this monstrosity forever and nothing could be done about it.
However, that might not be the case after all.
There appears to be one, final effort underway in the Senate to get the votes needed to get rid of this disaster, and all we can do is hope, pray, and cross our fingers it happens.
The New York Times reports:
Just when the effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act appeared to be dead, a last-ditch push to obliterate the law could be nearing a showdown vote in the Senate, and a handful of Republicans insist they are closing in on the votes.
The leaders of the latest repeal effort, Senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, say their drive is gaining momentum. But it is still a long shot. Under their bill, millions could lose coverage, Medicaid would see the same magnitude of cuts that earlier repeal bills extracted, and insurers in some states could charge higher premiums to people with pre-existing conditions.
Already, Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, has said he will not vote for the measure because it leaves too much of the Affordable Care Act in place.
And Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, who cast the deciding vote that killed the repeal effort in July, expressed misgivings that the Senate would try again to pass a bill that had not been examined by committees with expertise — and with no Democratic support.
Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Republicans who steadfastly opposed previous repeal efforts, have not said where they stand. But the new bill holds the same provisions that they opposed this summer: deep cuts to Medicaid and a temporary elimination of federal funding to Planned Parenthood.
The Washington Post reports that it could come down to a single vote:
Getting that final, 50th vote is the crucial — and the hardest — part.
Cassidy has sorta, kinda, maybe won over Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who said this month that he favors this latest approach but wanted to see actual text first. McCain is a key figure in all of this, since he cast the third vote in July bringing down a “skinny repeal” bill.
But McCain has also continually expressed frustration at passing a health-care bill entirely along partisan lines — and he reiterated that concern on CBS’s “Face the Nation” yesterday.
McCain better not throw a wrench into GOP plans again. Remember, he’s the one that killed the “skinny” repeal of Obamacare several months ago.
Here’s the bottom line. Obamacare has absolutely destroyed a good portion of our economic prosperity, which, by the way, was already on shaky ground since it had not yet fully recovered from the awful recession we entered in 2008 thanks to the housing bubble bursting.
This legislation has caused premiums to skyrocket for many Americans, leaving them unable to afford their coverage. Others were promised they could keep their doctors, which turned out to be another big, fat lie.
Business owners, who are already heavily burdened with taxation and other fees and regulations, were out more of their profit since they were forced to pay a tax for not supplying insurance for certain workers. Or worse, they had to pay for the coverage even though they couldn’t afford it, causing them to raise prices and pass the cost on to consumers.
This, of course, causes a spike in the cost of living, which then means people can’t afford the basic necessities of life. As if that’s not bad enough, small business owners also started cutting back on production in order to not have to provide insurance they couldn’t afford to full time employees who had their hours reduced. Reduced hours means less income, which means harder times for all, and less production means increased scarcity.
As you can see, the implications of Obamacare are far and wide, and they have hurt people all across the board.
If the GOP wants to make sure they retain control of Congress next year, they better get on the ball and make sure they keep their promise — or it’s not going to be pretty.