There’s corruption in DC. Most people readily acknowledge it. The challenge is in identifying the root causes. For some, it’s the money and power. Both have attracted people to politics since government was first established. For others, it’s the risk of exposure; we’d probably all be shocked at the leverage used against many politicians whose sins have been discreetly discovered. There’s another corrupting force that’s less nefarious but just as powerful: winning. Americans love to be on a winning team which is what breeds much of the partisanship that erodes the last semblance of integrity in many of our nation’s leaders.
This concept comes into clear view when we look at ACA and AHCA, better known as Obamacare and Trumpcare. These two “competing” bills are so similar one would think the same people who support one would support the other, but the exact opposite is true. It’s divided along party lines. In fact, nobody is on record supporting both, though some Federalist-minded politicians were wise enough to support neither.
Congressman Justin Amash reluctantly supported the latter. He was so disgusted by the necessity to support AHCA as the lesser-of-two-evils that he penned a response to his vote on Facebook. Of note is that he indicates just how similar the two bills really are:
The AHCA repeals fewer than 10 percent of the provisions in the Affordable Care Act. It is an amendment to the ACA that deliberately maintains Obamacare’s framework. It reformulates but keeps tax credits to subsidize premiums. Instead of an individual mandate to purchase insurance, it mandates a premium surcharge of 30 percent for one year following a lapse of coverage. And the bill continues to preserve coverage for dependents up to age 26 and people with pre-existing conditions.
As a party, we have not wavered on our stance that the ACA should be repealed and NOT replaced by the AHCA. Now that the system has been shocked into acute awareness of the pitfalls surrounding government-mandated health care, it’s ripe to go back to a free market system that allows consumers, competition, and freedom to drive down costs and improve coverage. The nuances and “safety nets” can be ironed out after repealing Obamacare and analyzing reactions. To replace it while repealing it is a purely political move, one that paints the GOP as being more concerned about winning future elections than fixing the nation.
Just like the Democrats.
The two parties are becoming indistinguishable.
If something is clearly not working, you don’t replace it with something so similar. We’ve learned in the last seven years that government-mandated health care doesn’t work. Now, we’ve learned in the last seven weeks that GOP leadership never really intended to rid us of government-mandated health care. They simply wanted it rebranded with an elephant logo slapped on the box. This is reason #294 that the country needs the Federalist Party to rise.