Democrats and the mainstream media would have you believe that millions of Americans are losing their insurance with the recent Obamacare repeal vote. The truth, however, is far different.
President Elect Donald Trump has committed to repealing Obamacare but replacing it with a system that costs less and does not fine individuals for not participating.
The bottom line: the Congressional votes on Obamacare do not suspend or defund the insurance system or the health care exchange. It merely started the process. Don’t believe me? Then take the word of Obama cheerleader and enabler CNN.
Even CNN points out that the process of repealing Obamacare is complicated and will take time. It will also allow for the Trump administration to replace it with a better system. They say it could take a few months to up to two years.
Republicans can repeal significant portions through a budget procedure that avoids a Senate filibuster and allows them to pass it on a party-line vote. But they cannot repeal all of it that way.
And if they want to replace Obamacare, that’s even harder. They will need 60 votes (and Democratic support) to overcome a filibuster.
So it may be listed as a “100 days” priority, but it’s complicated and likely to take several months. Even if they can get Democratic support, passing a replacement bill could take up two years, aides say.
In addition, Republicans leading the charge to repeal it have already backed Trump’s plan to “repeal and replace” over a flat-out repeal without a safety net.
Newt Gingrich, the former Republican House Speaker and a close ally of President-elect Donald Trump, told CNN that a big risk for Republicans is getting blamed for taking away people’s health coverage.
“Number one thing (Republicans) have to avoid is putting themselves in a position where Democrats can frighten people — that somehow, they won’t have access to health care because of Republicans,” Gingrich said.
Gingrich stressed that before Republicans send a bill repealing Obamacare to Trump’s desk, the party must make real progress on a replacement plan. “They have to have bridges to give people a sense of comfort that they’re not going to be abandoned,” he said.
GOP Sen. Rand Paul cited potential insurance market problems if the law isn’t replaced when it is repealed. “If Congress fails to vote on a replacement at the same time as repeal, the repealers risk assuming the blame for the continued unraveling of Obamacare,” he said in an op-ed Tuesday. “For mark my words, Obamacare will continue to unravel and wreak havoc for years to come.”
These initial hints of anxiety from Republicans foreshadow an internal GOP tug-of-war on Obamacare in the coming weeks.
For now, party leaders are leaning towards a repeal bill that includes a two- or three-year transition period that would offer a buffer — a strategy that has been dubbed “repeal and delay.”
All the exclamations that millions will be left uninsured is merely fear-mongering from Democrats. Many in the media are simply enabling that talking point.
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