President Trump invited Kentucky Senator Rand Paul to the Trump National Golf Club in Virginia on Sunday to play a round with himself and White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, giving new life to the possibility of a Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.
Paul was harshly critical of the original bill, which was pulled from consideration in the House of Representatives when conservatives and moderates failed to reach a consensus.
“We had a great day with the president,” Paul said after the outing. “We did talk about some health care reform. I think the sides are getting closer and closer together. And I remain very optimistic that we will get an Obamacare repeal.”
Well, this is a step in the right direction. Let’s move away from threatening House Freedom Caucus members and move towards fulfilling the campaign promise that nearly every Republican – including Donald Trump – made to the American people. The original bill’s failure was a debacle, but that doesn’t have to be the end of it. Why should it be? This is a chance to come together, build another plan from the ground up (or use an existing one, like Sen. Paul’s), and try again. And if that one fails, try again. Why did these guys think they had to do this in 17 days?
Republicans need to get out of this infighting mode they’ve been stuck in for the last couple of years. Did anyone hit the campaign trail and say, “The most important thing on my agenda is the repeal of Obamacare…but I’ll only vote for it if I am 100% happy with the replacement plan!”? Come on.
January 20th was supposed to be a turning of the page. Unfortunately, there’s still too much of the old page bleeding over onto the new one. It was one thing for Republicans to be fractured when everything would be vetoed by Obama anyway. It’s quite another for those fractures to widen when they are the only obstacles standing in the way. Republicans are becoming their own worst enemies and ignoring the perfectly good enemies they already have – the ones currently laughing their heads off.
This doesn’t have to be so complicated. Whatever the House passes with be significantly changed by the time it passes the Senate, so what’s the point in getting hung up on every detail? If you can do nothing else, then forget about “replacement” and just repeal the harmful components of Obamacare one by one. Stop letting Democrats and the media control the narrative. Just…friggin…DO IT.