According to a leaked audio recording obtained by the Washington Post, the GOP has failed to come up with a plan to replace Obamacare, and Republican lawmakers are now more concerned about reelections than providing affordable healthcare to millions of Americans.
Last month, The Post obtained the leaked material of several Republican congress members scrambling to find a viable plan to replace Obama-era healthcare overhaul without destabilizing the entire system. The closed-doors discussions, however, were incredibly different from their official stance.
The leaked comments show that Republicans still struggle to find a proper replacement for Obamacare after they dismantle it. But the audio also shows that Republicans admit that they will be responsible for the chaos caused by the law’s repealing. In the light of the new revelations, we expect the GOP to delay their repeal and replace efforts until they craft a viable plan.
In the back-door discussions, congressional lawmakers from both chambers voiced their concerns over a wide range of issues. Republicans were concerned that they won’t be able to find a replacement that could be deployed at the time of the repeal. They were also concerned the repeal could inflict uncalculated damage to the health insurance market and hike premiums for middle-income households.
We’d better be sure that we’re prepared to live with the market we’ve created
Rep. Tom McClintock is heard saying in the leaked tape.
McClintock joked about the new healthcare law saying that people will start calling it “Trumpcare.” He added that the plan and its implementation could take a heavy toll on Republicans in the incoming election.
Republicans will own that lock, stock and barrel, and we’ll be judged in the election less than two years away,
In other words, Republicans admit that they will be the “creators” of the mess coming after a repeal and that they will “own” whatever negative effects result from the replacement.
During public talks, Republicans claim Obamacare is on life support and their repeal-and-replacement efforts are a “rescue mission” to prevent the system from collapsing. They also say that they are working on a “bridge” to a replacement. This means that the GOP’s public rhetoric assure the American public that the probable damage caused by the repeal was already there and they will not to be blamed for it.
On the other hand, Obamacare has it struggles, there is no denying. However, the recent leaked audio shows that the Tea Party’s public rhetoric about its impending implosion doesn’t hold water.
Unlike Republicans, some experts think the country’s health insurance markets remain stable. These experts think the GOP’s apocalyptic scenario is designed by cherry-picking evidence, and premiums are as high as they should be, while the so-called “death spiral” would be stopped by high enrollment.
Some analysts think that the greatest threat Obamacare currently faces is the GOP’s efforts to repeal the law, which encourages insurers to leave the marketplaces due to uncertainty. In private discussions, though, Republicans admit that the negative outcomes will be their own work.
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