If You Like Your GOPe You Can Keep It

The rocket surgeons in the GOP Establishment have unveiled their Obamacare replacement kit, and while it is hard on the outside, it has a squishy middle; just like Chris Christie.

The legislation would preserve two of the most popular features of the 2010 health-care law, letting young adults stay on their parents’ health plans until age 26 and forbidding insurers to deny coverage or charge more to people with preexisting medical problems. It would also target Planned Parenthood, rendering the women’s health organization ineligible for Medicaid reimbursements or federal family planning grants — a key priority for antiabortion groups.

I like the Planned Parenthood smackdown, but the other two “features?” Pass.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), one of at least three conservative senators who opposes the plan to provide income-based tax credits, tweeted: “Still have not seen an official version of the House Obamacare replacement bill, but from media reports this sure looks like Obamacare Lite!”

Well duh, Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan had their grubby little paws in it. Of course it’s Obamacare Lite!

And four key Republican senators, all from states that opted to expand Medicaid under the ACA, said they would oppose any new plan that would leave millions of Americans uninsured.

“We will not support a plan that does not include stability for Medicaid expansion populations or flexibility for states,” Sens. Rob Portman (Ohio), Shelley Moore Capito (W.Va.), Cory Gardner (Colo.) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) wrote in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

I would argue none of these four “Republicans” have ever been described as “key,” primarily because they straddle that thin conservative line between John McCain and Lindsey Graham. In other words, they’re useless back-benchers.

I’d like to believe the new version of Obamacare would be full of sunshine and unicorns, but nothing the GOP Establishment has done ever convinced me they have our best interests at heart.

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3 thoughts on “If You Like Your GOPe You Can Keep It

  1. And, again, let me state my favorite mantra. “This is just another example of why we need term limits!” The only way to get rid of the GOPe is to have term limits. Everyone thinks the long term guys need to go except theirs. So, being in the senate or congress becomes a vocation and that was never intended by the framers.

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  2. The founders took the civic values embodied by the Roman example of Cincinnatus seriously. They didn’t NEED to have term limits because they didn’t believe in entitled nobility and held long serving politicians in low esteem.

    https://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/common/briefing/senators_chronological.htm
    If I am reading the document correctly, THIS guy was the first US Senator to serve more than 2 terms: Ruggles, Benjamin (R/CRR/Adams/AJ-OH) March 3, 1815 to March 3, 1833.

    Since he would have started the third term in 1827, that means that no one even took seriously the idea of being a senator for even 3 terms for more than a generation after the Founding … 1789 to 1827 … 38 years. If you keep looking at the list, he was an exception. There were a scattered handful of 3 termers in the 1800s but the idea of a “long term” Senator was really a rarity until the 20th century.

    No President served more than 2 terms until FDR even though there was nothing legally prohibiting it.

    What we have lost is the values system that made term limits unnecessary. The belief that liberty and responsibility should be valued more than control and regulation.

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  3. Metoo – Today’s politicians go into the field to get rich and obtain power. Rarely is it for a noble purpose.

    Loki – Ohio, what a shock. Sadly, their retort will be along the lines of, “I still have so much to do.” As if anyone is buying that line.

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