Remember back when the 2016 presidential election first started and the GOP made all sorts of grand promises to undo the damage the previous administration inflicted on our nation — which was a lot — starting with the socialist monster we know as Obamacare?
That whopper is beginning to feel like a huge let-down, and it doesn’t seem like Republicans really have any true intentions of getting this sucker tossed in the garbage.
What’s worse is that folks who are supposed to be on the same team working together to find ways to get our country back on track spend more time fighting against each other than doing anything productive.
President Trump and Sen. Rand Paul, for example, have been taking some serious shots at each other over the latter’s refusal to support the Graham-Cassidy repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
Hot Air reports:
How well is the last-ditch effort to repeal ObamaCare going? It’s proceeding so well that the president and one of his allies have taken to feuding publicly over who’s to blame for its failure. Early this morning, in between tweets about Luther Strange and the Russian meddling “hoax,” Donald Trump fired a shot at fellow Republican Rand Paul for his adamant stand against Graham-Cassidy:
Rand Paul, or whoever votes against Hcare Bill, will forever (future political campaigns) be known as "the Republican who saved ObamaCare."
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 22, 2017
Paul, who handles attacks with as much reticence as Trump, quickly fired back at Trump:
Calling a bill that KEEPS most of Obamacare "repeal" doesn't make it true. That's what the swamp does. I won't be bribed or bullied.
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) September 22, 2017
This feud may expand in an uncomfortable way for Paul, however.
Pro-life activists who need the Graham-Cassidy vehicle to defund Planned Parenthood with a simple majority vote have begun a full-court press attack on Paul. They argue that a “no” vote isn’t just a vote to save ObamaCare, as Trump accused, but also a vote to save the leading abortion mill chain.
This is one reason the Graham-Cassidy bill is likely to fail. Two of the three Republican holdouts, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins, said that the Planned Parenthood defunding language on previous versions played a large part in their decision to oppose them. If Paul signed onto the bill, it wouldn’t matter; Mitch McConnell could then get to 50 without Murkowski and Collins.
Without Paul, though, McConnell would have to trade off the defunding effort to get them, and then the bill would lose conservatives like James Lankford (R-OK), and run into serious trouble in the House.
All of us know that the only true solution to our current economic woes involving Obamacare and the socialist tentacles it has wrapped around our throats is a full repeal and a free market replacement that involves lifting restrictions for buying insurance across state lines. However, at this point, it might be wise to ask if getting rid of even just a little of this nightmare is better than keeping all of it?
The American people are surely sick of compromise, and that isn’t what we were promised. But what other choice, at the moment, do we have? The GOP has proven, once again, that politicians can’t be trusted to do what they say they’re going to do. So it looks like we’re stuck, once again, with taking baby steps in the right direction.
Sure could use a few more George Washingtons right about now.