How GOP Leaders Use Confusion Against Americans
Politically engaged Americans are watching the largest flip-flop in political history unfold.
Since the GOP won the House in 2010, they voted 52 times to REPEAL Obamacare. After Trump won the Republican nomination, they added REPLACE to the single issue that won them the majority.
How do GOP leaders plan to change the objective of such a highly publicized issue?
The legislative process is specific, lengthy, and (purposefully) obtuse. America’s lawmakers are not supposed to easily pass laws – this is the basis of a limited government and the U.S. Constitution.
Our Government governs by our consent. Lawmakers can’t change that, so that confuse it.
For example, GOP supporters of Paul Ryan’s plan tell us that a full repeal will defund millions of people who receive healthcare from entities that were bundled into Obamacare – Medicaid recipients, county health centers, Indian health care clinics, and nursing homes.
This tactic uses fear to persuade. You are supposed to get in line and accept what’s given to you because, if not, you’ll lose funding for your healthcare.
Using the de-funding threat is a common fear tactic that justifies Bigger Government.
Obamacare was purposefully written to make America’s healthcare system fail. And yes, it was written to make repeal difficult.
Difficult. Not impossible.
Congress telling us that we have to Repeal & Replace is a lazy argument.
First, add an amendment for each healthcare provider (Medicaid, Indian Health Service) that restores its funding to its pre-Obamacare wording use House Rule XVI, Clause 7.
Chicken Littles will realize that any representative can add a germane amendment to a bill. Providing a funding solution to a bill that deals with appropriations is germane…and possible.
Second, representatives repeal Obamacare with effort, intelligent focus, and political will.
There are no limits to the number of amendments in the House, which means that every single healthcare provider can be individually accounted for using basic parliamentary procedure.
Repeat this process (with this mentality) for any other perceived hazard of full repeal.
Third, Congress makes law (Art 1, Sec 1).
We empower Congress with the authority to CREATE law. Telling voters that Obamacare is difficult to repeal is really telling us that Congress doesn’t understand the totality of their authority.
If laws are interwoven with difficult language so as to create a fallout effect when repealed, then write a new law with simple language that supersedes the old bill and prevents the fallout.
Lastly, America did not win independence with half-hearted measures.
Go bold! Repeal Obamacare because it is immoral, unconstitutional, toxic for freedom.
I’ve made the case for full repeal, but fear tactics and flip-flopping on basic promises is more about a mindset than an issue of possibility. Don’t let your representatives overly complicate things. They can write any law that they want to.
…if they want to.