Hold their feet to the fire – the usual suspects in the Gutless Old Party are SURPRISE! SURPRISE! already trying to wimp out on repealing Obamacare.
Chickens and Wafflers –
Five of the Worst Republican Obamacare Wimps
By Maria Jeffrey at Conservative Review
In the 2010 midterms, Republicans took over the House and gained Ron Johnson, Kelly Ayotte, Pat Toomey, Mike Lee, Rand Paul, and Ted Cruz in the Senate. Dissatisfaction with Obama’s Big Government agenda was palpable, and Republicans across the board ran on promises to repeal Obamacare.
Fast-forward six years. Republicans have the House, the Senate, and, in a couple weeks, the White House. There’s no significant Democratic roadblock to repealing the Affordable Care Act. But being hardcore on a health care overhaul when your party is in the minority is worlds different than finding yourself with the power to actually do something. That’s when the weakest links start to wobble. And that’s exactly what’s starting to happen on Capitol Hill.
Here are some Republican lawmakers who have previously been all fire-and-brimstone on Obamacare’s demise, but are now waffling.
Senator David Perdue
Immediately after Donald Trump’s election, Georgia’s Sen. Perdue said “we don’t need to compromise,” claiming a repeal could come “early next year and it will become law—we will repeal it from law, because we’ll have a president that won’t veto it.”
A few weeks later, however, Perdue was noticeably less enthusiastic, and said the Obamacare repeal would be partial.
“’That’s right. It’s a partial repeal and I think there are pieces of it that have to stay in place for a while and that’s what we’re going to be working on,’ [Perdue] said while refusing to elaborate on which parts might stay in place,” CNN reported.
House Speaker Paul Ryan
The week before the presidential election, Paul Ryan spoke on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show and said, “with just the simple majorities we have in the House and Senate, we can put these things [Obamacare repeal plans] on [President Obama’s] desk. Imagine if we had a Republican president. This is what Donald Trump is talking about. This is not just a vague promise—this is clearly an action plan that we have,” reported The Washington Times.
A week later, Donald Trump was elected president and the reality that Republicans have a real mandate to repeal the ACA settled in. Now Ryan says “we don’t want to pull the rug out from anybody,” and “we don’t want people to be caught with nothing” due to the repeal, according to the L.A. Times.
Senator John Cornyn
On his campaign website, Texas Senator John Cornyn says that “Obamacare is bad for everyone in the country, which is why I have fought it at every turn.” After meeting with Vice President-elect Mike Pence on Capitol Hill this week, though, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate now says that repealing Obamacare “is going to take a little time.”
Senator John McCain
Facing one of the toughest reelection fights of his career this past cycle, Politico reported that Sen. John McCain was “running for reelection like it’s 2010” by beating up on Obamacare. “I won’t stop fighting to repeal and replace the president’s health care law with solutions that work for the people of my state,” McCain said in July.
This week, Sen. McCain said that “he supports taking a slower approach to repealing the law, saying he is ‘always worried about something that took a long time in the making and we’ve got to concentrate our efforts to making sure that we do it right so that nobody’s left out,” according to CNN.
Senator Ron Johnson
While running for the Senate in 2010, political rookie Ron Johnson referred to Obamacare as “the greatest assault on freedom in his lifetime,” a chant he repeated for years. He now says that people “have to look at the complexity of the problem here, and hopefully [voters] recognize that it’s not quite so simple.” Further, Sen. Johnson said that, “there are plenty of people who had some advantages with this and I don’t think anybody wants to pull the rug out from under them.”
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