Update: See below in red
Is the inability to secure a healthcare bill in the first one hundred days a failure?
There are many in the media claiming that the inability of the Republicans and President Trump to fully repeal and replace the “Affordable Care Act” (ACA) as a catastrophe. But is it really? While the optics don’t look good, the fact is, regardless of what happened and what will happen the press as a general rule will pan the results.
It’s important not to get too wrapped up in the spin on this issue. The ACA needs to be changed. That is a given. If it takes some time to fix the current legislation that isn’t a failure. The problem is that many Americans, myself included, have little faith that anything will be fixed but just reworked and the same flaws will still be there.
In the currently political climate, there is the desire on all sides to continually spin everything, every minute of every day. This has congress and the White House spending all of their energy spinning and counter-spinning rather than working.
Part of this problem is based in our news reporting. The major news outlets spend an inordinate amount of time on Washington political issues rather than the news that happens in the US and around world. There is this idea that the public only wants to hear what Washington has to say. In fact, there is a lot of news that is not investigated or reported that never reaches the airwave or newspapers. This leads politicians to continually attempt to get airtime as a way to show they are really working for their constituents.
Hummm. Maybe the media should ignore Washington for a while so they can get some work done.
Do Republicans know how to write and pass a bill?
The Republicans have had at least seven years to come up with a new healthcare bill. Why is there nothing ready to go? The answer is simple. It’s much easier to complain and point fingers than actually create something. Politicians only want to keep the money train rolling for themselves and their cohorts. The idea of doing their jobs as the public see it is foreign to them. Sitting in a room working on legislation (which they generally have underlings doing anyway) is not glamorous. If they did it themselves I bet the bills would be a lot shorter and clearer.
U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, introduced the bill Friday.
"This Act may be cited as the ‘Obamacare Repeal Act,’" the bill states.
And the bill uses just one sentence to do it.
"Effective as of Dec. 31, 2017, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is repealed, and the provisions of law amended or repealed by such Act are restored or revived as if such Act had not been enacted," the bill states.
And that’s it – one sentence
As Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit asked, “Why aren’t bills on infrastructure, tax reform and free speech lined up like planes on a runway?
The “Conservatives” in the Republican Party claim a watered down ACA will not be acceptable. I keep looking for their bill but have yet to find it. (see above)
I am sympathetic to the GOP problems however. I too want a conservative health care bill. But then, I am a radical. I am a heartless bastard that thinks free things for some is a form of slavery for both the recipient and the financier. Still, momentum means something. Victory doesn’t always come in one single battle. Lots of little victories can add up. But then, so can lots of little failures.