It seems that those hoping for Obamacare’s repeal will have to wait a year before the monstrous law is repealed.
Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly asked President Donald Trump in an interview before the Super Bowl if a replacement for Obamacare will be passed this year.
“In the process, and maybe it’ll take until sometime into next year, but we are certainly gonna be in the process,” Trump responded. “Very complicated. Obamacare is a disaster. You have to remember, Obamacare doesn’t work. So we are putting in a wonderful plan. It statutorily takes a while to get. We’re gonna be putting it in fairly soon.”
Trump added, “I think that, yes, I would like to say, by the end of the year, at least the rudiments, but we should have something within the year and the following year.”
This is not an answer that inspires a lot of confidence. The congressional Republicans have been waffling on their efforts to repeal Obamacare; in fact, leaked audio revealed that many of them are becoming rather uneasy about eradicating the disastrous law.
Even worse, Conservative Review‘s Daniel Horowitz has noted that congressional Republicans are now claiming that they will try to “repair” Obamacare instead of repealing and replacing it.
“These people lied to all of us,” Horowitz wrote. “They told a bald-faced lie. Absolutely nothing changed structurally about Obamacare from the time they made these promises during the past three elections until now. If anything, premiums went up even more than expected and there are even fewer insurers than previously predicted, making the case for repeal an easier political sell.”
“In the process, and maybe it’ll take until sometime into next year, but we are certainly gonna be in the process.”
The Daily Wire has compiled a list of the top seven Obamacare replacement plans, which seem to leave parts of the law intact. The longer the delay to repeal Obamacare, the more likely it is that the congressional Republicans will succumb to their jitters about repealing the law.
(h/t: New York Times)
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