The long, slow, cancerous death of the GOP health care plan to replace Obamacare is a textbook case of a failure of leadership.
President Trump, obsessed with his war on the main stream media, never led on health care or tried to sell it to Congress. In fact, I am rather convinced Trump doesn’t care if Obamacare persists, as long as blame cannot be laid on him. I guarantee he will distance himself from the entire mess and blame Congress when it’s all over.
The GOP in Congress, however, deserves plenty of the blame. They simply couldn’t get it together. They had promised to do something, that in 2015 was not a problem when Obama controlled the White House and an override-proof veto was imminent.
— Byron York (@ByronYork) July 18, 2017
Further, the 2015 vote didn’t roll back the Obamacare regulations on existing condition coverage and standard plans, which the Cruz amendment would have done.
Memo to conservative Twitter: that 2015 repeal bill you all think is the bomb? Didn't repeal a *single* Obamacare regulation. The BCRA did.
— Avik Roy (@Avik) July 18, 2017
There’s no other conclusion we can reach other than many Republicans want to have Obamacare regulations in place. They want big government, and more of it. They want hidden taxes, higher taxes, and complex regulations.
They are not conservative. Trump is not conservative.
It’s interesting to note that the Democrats have become the party of “principle” (and discipline) on many issues. They have moved to the far-left, but march in lockstep, having purged their ranks of moderates, “Blue Dogs” and compromisers. Privately, some Democrats in Congress might hold those values, but they don’t dare cross the whips.
Republicans have no discipline, no principle, and no plan at all.
They are led in the White House by a clown show, a man who can sell nothing but himself. They are led in the House by a reluctant Speaker who was put in place by compromise, not mandate. Speaker Ryan means well, but he’s more a referee than a head coach.
They are led in the Senate by a man who never succeeded in blocking a single Democrat power grab, budget explosion, or government takeover of liberty. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell only knows how to use the Democrats’ own tools against them–he was effective at keeping Garland off the Supreme Court, and putting Gorsuch on it. But those were easy choices.
The $1 trillion budget, the failure on an Obamacare repeal, and the failure of the GOP to even make a dent in our fiscal nightmare of entitlement growth will sink the Republican Party.
No leadership and no followers is a very bad way to run a government.