But do they have a replacement plan ready to implement?
President Obama seems doubtful that they do. And he’s not alone — in fact, no one seems to be able to pinpoint exact details on what the incoming administration wishes to do about the Affordable Care and Patient Protection Act — the law popularly known as Obamacare. Are Republicans merely being cagey until they can implement a better plan? Or, as some fear, are they simply so eager to dismantle Obama’s signature achievement that they’re putting the cart before the horse?
The 115th Congress has only been in session since early January, but because Republicans hold a majority in both houses, we should expect to see things move relatively quickly. Of course, holding the majority doesn’t mean the Republicans will be able to do everything they set out to do without Democratic involvement — or opposition.
In a recent closed-door meeting with members of his party, President Obama urged Congressional Democrats not to “rescue” Republicans on Obamacare. This could put great pressure on the Republicans, who will have to answer to their constituents if they fail to construct a suitable replacement bill.
Taking it a step further, Obama suggested that Democrats begin referring to the GOP's new plan as "Trumpcare." This turns the tables on the incoming administration, which has promised the American people it will, in the words of Vice President-elect Mike Pence, “Repeal Obamacare and replace it with solutions that lower the cost of health insurance without growing the size of government."
By all indications, President Obama wishes to give the Trump administration a chance to succeed; to help Americans thrive and prosper… and to allow the next president (who, let’s face it, loves taking credit for stuff) to take credit for the Obama administration’s successes. Of course, one can hardly begrudge him a bit of schadenfreude if “Trumpcare” fails to meet the expectations of the American people.
What Do You Think?
Is Obama right to suggest to Congressional Democrats that they not offer help across the aisle? On one hand, it seems fair, given the amount of obstruction his party has faced at the hands of Republicans in recent years. On the other hand, is that what’s best for the American people?
Because, politics aside, we all want affordable healthcare for our families.