Trump endorses Senate plan to fix Obamacare

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Republicans had promised for years under an antagonistic President Obama that they would, when they could, repeal Obamacare.

Then Donald Trump was elected.

But GOP members in Congress didn’t follow through. Several votes in recent months all have failed, mostly by very narrow margins, the last one because Sen. John McCain opposed the repeal.

But they’re at it again, with a new plan to replace Obamacare from Sens. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and others.

In broad terms, it would change the system to provide federal health funding to states in the form of block grants, and it would remove some of Obamacare’s mandates and the medical device tax.

It would leave in place some of the other rules and taxes.

President Trump on Wednesday praised the goal.

“I applaud the Senate for continuing to work toward a solution to relieve the disastrous Obamacare burden on the American people,” he said in a prepared statement.

Sen. Tom Coburn’s “Smashing the DC Monopoly: Using Article V to Restore Freedom and Stop America’s Runaway Government” is now available at the WND Superstore.

“My administration has consistently worked to enact legislation that repeals and replaces Obamacare, and that can pass the Senate and make it to my desk. Obamacare has been a complete nightmare for the many Americans who have been devastated by its skyrocketing healthcare premiums and deductibles and canceled or shrinking plans.

“As I have continued to say, inaction is not an option, and I sincerely hope that Senators Graham and Cassidy have found a way to address the Obamacare crisis.”

Cassidy told reporters he is optimistic the legislation will be adopted before a Sept. 30 deadline, but it may have the bare minimum of 50 votes, in which case Vice President Mike Pence could break the tie.

In fact, McCain said at the same time that he supports the new version.

There are two other alternatives: Leaving the system that appears to be collapsing under its own failures in place until it does fail completely, or adopting the idea of Sen. Bernie Sanders, who advocates the government take over the entire health care system, becoming a one-payer insurer. That idea is called Medicare-for-all.

WND reported when the last plan, considered at the end of July, failed, that while McCain was getting most of the blame, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, also took criticism for reneging on her vow to repeal the law.

After seven years of railing against Obamacare, why did Murkowski end up as a deciding vote to save it?

“Number one, she’s a big-government leftist. Anything that grows government, grows federal control, she’s for,” said Joe Miller, who ran against Murkowski in 2010 and 2016.

In 2010, Miller defeated Murkowski in the Republican primary, only to see Murkowski launch and narrowly win a write-in campaign in the general election. In 2016, Miller was a late addition to the Libertarian ticket and came in second to Murkowski by a wider margin, while still outpacing the Democrat in the race and a well-funded independent candidate.

Murkowski voted for repeal less than two years ago, so has something changed or was that earlier vote purely political?

“When the vote actually counts, you know how she’s going to vote. She knew at that point, of course, that Obama was going to veto it. So there was no cost to what we would call her principles – those of expanding government. That was entirely a consequence, in our assessment, of knowing where the outcome of that vote was going,” Miller said.

Listen to the WND/Radio America interview with Joe Miller:

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Sen. Tom Coburn’s “Smashing the DC Monopoly: Using Article V to Restore Freedom and Stop America’s Runaway Government” is now available at the WND Superstore.

 

Trump endorses Senate plan to fix Obamacare
Source: WND