Over the course of the 2016 Presidential election, many Americans wondered if members of the Republican Party would begin to turn on each other. According to assertions from The Atlantic, this is already happening. The lack of progress has infuriated many member of the GOP House and Senate. One Congressperson made the following statement:
“We’re in charge, right? We have the House, the Senate, and the White House. Everyone’s still committed to making progress on big issues, but the more time goes by, the more difficult that becomes. And then the blame game starts.”
Republicans are running into continuous problems because they believe their way is the only way and not enough of them are willing to compromise for the greater good and engender meaningful progress. Some Republicans are more conservative, while others are moderate. Each of these groups will have to come to the realization that no one faction will get everything they want. House and Senate Republicans will have to meet in the middle and cease condemnation of those who do not agree with them on every single policy issue.
Unfortunately, it appears as though Republicans are far from reaching this milestone. House GOP members blame Senate GOP members and vise versa. Both of these groups accuses the other of “dilly dallying,” “failure,” and wasting time, even though they are both responsible for the gridlock, inaction, and lack of progress.
As ‘Tipping Point’ host Liz Wheeler accurately tweeted out, “If Republican senators don’t have the gumption to repeal Obamacare & repeal it ALL THE WAY, it’s time for those senators to find new jobs.”
The impasse between House Republicans and Senate Republicans is unacceptable and it cannot continue. These senators were elected to do a job. If repealing and replacing Obamacare (as they promised for seven years), is too challenging for the GOP, then perhaps they should resign and pave the way for lawmakers who can actually get the job done.
The American people do not have time to wait for the GOP to grow up and follow through on declarations they made for nearly a decade. Republicans had seven years to come up with proposals for healthcare. They have control of the White House, the House of Representatives, and the Senate. If the Democrats essentially had full control of the government, as Republicans do now, they would be enacting new laws everyday. If the GOP does not quickly get their act together, they may do irreversible damage to the Republican Party for years to come.