In an interview with a NY radio station this weekend, former Donald Trump campaign adviser Betsy McCaughey said it was time for Republicans in Congress to get their act together. McCaughey, the former lieutenant governor of New York, told 970 AM host John Catsimatidis that Trump’s supporters were quickly growing impatient.
“Paul Ryan isn’t doing his job,” she said. “If he can’t do his job as Speaker, to hold these Republicans together and get a repeal and replace bill through, somebody else should be Speaker.”
McCaughey said she was concerned that the GOP was going to end up replacing the Affordable Care Act with “Obamacare Lite,” doing little to shrink the size of government and doing little to reverse the damage done by the previous administration.
“Ryan has attached things to his version of the replacement bill that are very unpopular,” she said. “He’s got to get on board with Donald Trump because Donald Trump’s program is popular.”
She said there should be no controversy when it comes to eliminating a law that victimized the majority of Americans for the benefit of a few, and she said a replacement could have positive effects that aren’t even talked about.
“Repealing it would be a huge jobs program,” she said. “There’s going to be more jobs and higher wages.”
Unfortunately, she said, lawmakers were dragging their feet.
“That’s the real problem,” she said. “Congress isn’t acting. The fact is Republicans in Congress are bickering about how to fix Obamacare, how to repeal it and replace it. They’re like firefighters arguing over the best route to the burning house. Just get there and put out the fire.”
Well, what’s the problem?
We can debate that question, but most of this comes down to one, fundamental misconception: That somehow the health insurance industry cannot thrive without the help of the American taxpayer. That unless we have a law forcing hundreds of millions of working people to subsidize these insanely-profitable insurance companies…why, they’ll just dry up and go out of business. Gee, somehow we doubt it.
At this point, we’re starting to get skeptical about these claims that the health insurance industry needs this subsidy or that one to offer affordable plans to people with pre-existing conditions or independent contractors. We have this nagging suspicion that, when the rubber meets the road, these companies will somehow find a way to survive.
These companies do a lot of complaining about Obamacare, but let’s face it: They’re complaining about a law that makes it ILLEGAL for Americans not to buy their product. We have a feeling they aren’t as dissatisfied as they claim, and we have a feeling they have their claws deep within the Republican Party.
And now we have to wait and watch. Were all of those “damn Obamacare straight to hell” messages just a coverup? Just a little game they were playing to keep the base riled up? Is the Republican leadership, in reality, horrified by the prospect of making good on their promises?
The media is spinning this to make it look like Republicans are hesitating because they’re afraid of political blowback. Perhaps.
OR, perhaps they’re hesitating because they aren’t afraid ENOUGH of said blowback.