The Republican leadership in Congress just received a major political setback and now they’re scrambling to respond.
Multiple attempts to repeal Obamacare or pass other health care reform legislation have failed in recent weeks, even though the Republicans have majorities in both the House and the Senate. The GOP establishment’s failure to achieve any substantial policy success is drawing anger from conservatives.
Republican politicians promised us for years that they would repeal Obamacare – now they have the chance to do it, but they won’t.
Now political operatives are planning what to do next – most experts believe the Republicans will continue to focus their attention on health care reform in an attempt to repeal or reform unpopular elements from the current health care law.
A team of reporters in Washington D.C. gathered the details about the likely next steps for health care reform in Congress. Politico Playbook reports:
- WHERE DO THINGS GO FROM NOW? It is not completely clear. Talk to Hill Republicans and the big problem is this: House Republicans do not believe Senate Republicans can pass anything substantial — period. And the idea that a bi-cameral negotiation — called a “conference committee” — would have somehow produced a compromise was also a bit of a fantasy.
- WILL REPUBLICANS GIVE UP ON HEALTH CARE? No, almost definitely not. Repealing and replacing Obamacare is still the party’s central tenant — and has been for nearly a decade. But it will have to start anew, now. And it will continue to eat up much of the party’s time and energy on Capitol Hill. Obamacare was on life support many times in 2009-2010. Democrats eventually got it through.
- THE LIKELIHOOD? A package of fixes from Republicans. Dismantling or fixing — depending on your political orientation — piece by piece. There will definitely be a push to starve the law of funding.
- THE WORST SCENARIO FOR HOUSE REPUBLICANS — A bipartisan deal on health care emerges from the Senate. It would deeply divide the House, which is more conservative and factional than the Senate.
What do you think – should the Republicans in Congress repeal Obamacare all at once?
One thing is for sure – Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell have a huge mess on their hands! They need to get their stuff together, or get out of the way and let someone else lead the way.