In the months of Donald Trump’s Presidency, Republicans have infamously struggled with repealing and replacing the disaster known as Obamacare. However, it appears as though the GOP has gotten their act together and joined forces so that Americans can cease to be burdened by the horrific (Un)Affordable Care Act. According to NBC News, Vice President Pence recently broke a tie in the Senate with his vote, thus making a debate on repealing and replacing Obamacare possible.
During today’s Ohio rally, President Trump accurately labeled Democrats as obstructionists. Left leaning leaders have shown absolutely no interest in working with Republicans to repeal and replace Obamacare, despite the plethora of Americans who are suffering as a result. Democrats have proudly called themselves “The Resistance.” Refusal to compromise and work with one’s opponents is a often a sign of weakness and immaturity. While many Democrats are reactive, a great percentage of Republicans are proactively taking steps to better this nation, as demonstrated by today’s healthcare developments.
Like Vice President Pence, Senator John McCain played a critical role in the Senate. Two Republicans –Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski– voted against the key motion, as did all Democrats, so each Republican votes in favor of the debate to repeal and replace Obamacare made a significant difference. Since debating is now possible, members of Congress will have to work together and discuss how to do away with Obamacare. Securing the necessary votes for any measures they engender will be critical.
After McCain cast his vote in favor of the Congressional debate, he made the following remarks:
“We’ve tried to do this by coming up with a proposal behind closed doors, in consultation with the administration—and then springing it on skeptical members, trying to convince them that it’s better than nothing. Asking us to swallow our doubts and force it past a unified opposition? I don’t think that is going to work in the end. And it probably shouldn’t.”
Republicans should be proud of themselves for coming together and taking such a critical and needed step to repeal and replace Obamacare on this day. Vice President Pence played a critical role in today’s progress and should be commended, as should Senator John McCain, who is currently battling brain cancer. In the coming days ahead, let us all continue to take the imperative strides needed to make progress in Congress, lower costs, provide affordable healthcare, and make America great again.