GOP Senator: We’re Not Talking About Obamacare

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Trump says a replacement for Obamacare may not materialize until next year. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan says a replacement will arrive this year.

Senator Bob Corker, on the other hand, says they aren't even talking about Obamacare.

To be honest, there’s not any real discussion taking place right now,” Corker told reporters in the Capitol.

He said nervous talk about the consequences of repeal were accurately captured by secret audio from last month’s Republican retreat in Philadelphia. The same fears were expressed in additional sessions that were not recorded, he said.

Between Trump, Ryan and Corker, Corker's assessment of the situation seems to be the most plausible and evident to me.

If they were having "real discussions" about a potential replacement, we would have more details about it than we currently do. We currently have no details at all.

Paul Ryan's buzzwords aren't details. Ryan uses all the same slogans and phrases today that he's been using since he first introduced his Path to Poverty Prosperity budget nearly 7 years ago.

  • Scopedog

    Paul Ryan’s buzzwords aren’t details. Ryan uses all the same slogans and phrases today that he’s been using since he first introduced his Path to Poverty Prosperity budget nearly 7 years ago.

    …Because this needs to be repeated again and again.

  • muselet

    The Rs are caught in a trap of their own making.

    They’ve spent years hysterically declaring the ACA to be the worst thing ever to befall the republic, an evil so evil it’s very existence threatens our very way of life.

    They’ve spent those same years promising a shiny new health insurance law, a law full of free-market wonderfulness that will provide everyone with better coverage for less money and which will do away with that nasty, freedom-destroying mandate nonsense.

    As the cliché has it, talk is cheap.

    There are only a few ways a health-insurance system can work. The ACA is a good example of one (everyone is required to have insurance and premiums are subsidised; in broad outline, this is Switzerland’s system, as well). Canada is a good example of another (single-payer). France is a good example of a third (generous tax-supported basic benefits, with private supplemental insurance available). The UK is a fair example of a fourth (it was a better example of a National Health system before the Thatcherites tried to undermine it by encouraging private insurance).

    Now the Rs are in charge. They have to follow through on years of campaign promises and produce … something. Anything. The Base, though, is anything but united on what that something should be, and the Rs are terrified of alienating any of their voters.

    That’s the dilemma. That’s why the Rs are dithering and stalling and trying frantically to change the subject.

    Serves them right.


  • Badgerite

    Then leave it in place and call it Trumpcare if you want. It is a good law.
    Good for the people of this country and very good for the budget as well.

  • Aynwrong

    The preservation of western civilization may now depend entirely on Republican incompetence.

    • Thank goodness they have shit ton of incompetence.

      • Aynwrong

        Oh, it’s always in surplus on that side of the aisle.

  • ninjaf

    You mean governing requires working out the details? I’m shocked. Shocked, I say.