A prevalent question on the minds of millions of voting Americans this week is why hasn’t Republican senators made any significant moves against Obamacare since they won the November elections last year? Practically every conservative and many liberals now realize that severe fundamental failings of Obamacare are being exposed at a startling speed.
Insurance premiums promise to keep increasing, a dozen state insurance co-ops have failed, enrollment is projected to be taper off, and the majority of recently insured people have essentially just been pushed into Medicaid.It’s so bad that insurance companies say they need billions of dollars in taxpayer bailouts to keep up with more cost increases. Obamacare is pulling apart and disrupting America’s health care system and it is negatively effecting millions. Where are the Congressional Republicans on this?
“There is a profound disappointment among the American people because we keep winning elections and then we keep getting leaders who don’t do anything they promised,” Sen. Cruz told the Senate. “The American people were told ‘if only we have a Republican majority in the House, things will be different.’ Well, in 2010 the American people showed up in enormous numbers and we got a Republican majority in the House — and very little changed.”
“Then the American people were told, ‘you know, the problem is the Senate,’ Cruz continued relentlessly. “If only we get a Republican majority in the Senate and retire Harry Reid as majority leader, then things will be different.’ Well, in 2014 the American people rose up in enormous numbers, voted to do exactly that,” he stressed. “We’ve had a Republican majority in both houses of Congress now for about six months. What has that majority done?”
Last week, the House of Representatives moved forward with a “reconciliation” bill that abolishes Obamacare mandates and some of its taxes and grant programs. What it did not address was the controversial entitlement increases that in reality leads to trillions of new costs for taxpayers. Many congressional representatives noted that a chief excuse for addressing very limited portions of Obamacare was because of the Senate. They contend Senate processes would make it difficult to pass more than what they advanced.
Perhaps, all Republican politicians really intended to demonstrate to Americans that they can be serious about stopping Obamacare, but they require the right president who will not veto to their bills to do it. This sends mixed and weak signals from the Republican-dominated House. Why doesn’t the Senate send a strong bill to President Obama even though he is likely to veto it?
Under pressure, Senator Mitch McConnell promised Senator Mike Lee he would repeal Obamacare this summer with the reconciliation bill. Senators Lee, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio have made it known they have no intention of voting for a bill that doesn’t repeal every possible part of Obamacare. McConnell needs their votes to reach the 51 required. Senator Cruz already has 51 co-sponsors on his bill that is for a full repeal of Obamacare.
Ted Cruz knows that the House of Representatives will pass a full repeal if they Senate will send it to them. What will the Senator McConnell squad do? The decision is not difficult. If they are serious about eliminating Obamacare they will show us. If not, Americans will face more taxes, regulations, grants, mandates and health expansions that will continue to fail with trillions of dollars in spending for the next decade.