Repeal-promising GOP 'punting' on purpose

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

GOP introduces Health Care ActThe individual mandate penalty may be gone but the Affordable Care Act remains the law of the land, and while many Americans want it gone, they may have to wait.

Speaking Tuesday to the World Health Care Congress, former HHS secretary and Georgia congressman Tom Price said lawmakers are unlikely to address Obamacare until after the November elections.

Price went on to say that changes to regulations in the health care law are more likely to happen in the near-term.

Christopher Pandolfo of Conservative Review says Republicans seem to be "punting" on issues that matter to voters but are controversial topics for an election year.

"If the Republican Party does not take up the issues that are central to its conservative base, repealing Obamacare being the number one campaign promise of nearly the last decade," Pandolfo predicts, "these officials are just not going to have the voter enthusiasm that they need to turn out on Election Day."

Price also told the gathering that any legislative fix would appear more along the lines of the failed Graham-Cassidy bill. While some conservatives felt that legislation was better than nothing, others argued it failed to get at the root of the problems causing premiums and deductibles to increase.

Therefore some center-right groups put it in the same camp as a "skinny repeal" or an "Obamacare-lite" bill.

"The issue with any skinny repeal of Obamacare or any kind of half-done repeal of Obamacare," responds Pandolfo, "is we need to fix the core problems that Obamacare is causing in our health insurance markets. Otherwise voters are going to notice that, Hey, my health insurance premiums are not going down, and, Hey, my health care costs are still very, very high."

If the Republicans fail to solve the main problems caused by Obamacare – mandated regulations that are spiking the operating costs for insurance companies – they will be blamed, he adds.

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