Following Sen. John McCain absence from the US Senate due to him recovering from a surgical procedure, the Republican party leadership has decided to postpone the vote on healthcare legislation. According to a Saturday statement made by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the GOP leadership will await for John McCain’s return after medics removed a blood cloth from above his left eye on Friday. John McCain is an 80 year old perpetual Senator who makes a strong case for term limits in Congress and he’s currently recovering at his Arizona residence.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said in a statement that, let me quote:
“While John is recovering, the Senate will continue our work on legislative items and nominations, and will defer consideration of the Better Care Act,”
The new GOP owned healthcare bill which is supposed to repeal and replace Obamacare is already short on votes, with all Democrats opposing it on principle, despite Obamacare’s epic failure, together with independents being also against it for various reasons, not to mention a number of Republicans who are either undecided or opposing it.
One of the most vocal critics of the GOP’s healthcare bill is Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky who said for Fox News on Sunday that he doesn’t believe Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has the votes to pass the bill, with or without McCain. The real issue in Rand Paul’s view is the fact that Republicans won the elections vowing to repeal and replace Obamacare, which is failing miserably. However, the new bill pedaled by essentially RINOs in the Senate doesn’t fit the “job description. Let’s quote Rand Paul again:
“But this bill keeps most of the ObamaCare taxes, keeps most of the regulations, keeps most of the subsidies. And creates something that Republicans have never been for, and that’s a giant insurance bailout superfund.”
My question is, why isn’t this guy Senate Majority Leader? Rand Paul suggested (again) the idea of first repealing Obamacare and later replacing it with fresh new (and well thought) legislation. President Trump is open to this idea, yet a number of Republicans are resisting it tooth and nail, proving that lobbyists are doing a great job. Rand Paul said about ACA/Obamacare:
“The death spiral of ObamaCare is unwinding the whole system, and it will continue to unwind, but I don’t think Republicans should put their name on this key part of ObamaCare.
“And then we’re going to be blamed for the rest of the unwinding of ObamaCare. It’s a really bad political strategy and it’s not going to fix the problem.”
To make a long story short (the current healthcare system), let me use this metaphor: imagine your car insurance premium if it covered tune ups, tire rotations, oil changes, etc. Even worse, imagine if your premium had to cover costs for folks who can’t afford THEIR auto policies. We should be allowed to buy health coverage a la carte, down to catastrophic only. Why would we trust Congress to determine premiums and deductibles? It’s ridiculous.