Republicans Consider Delaying Obamacare “Replacement” for 4 Years

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Congressional Republican aides and leaders have previously stated that they'd like to repeal Obamacare immediately but wait several years to pass their own replacement.

What has been described as a two or three year process may stretch out into a four year process according to congressional Republican aides who spoke to Bloomberg.

Aides involved in the deliberations said some parts of the law may be ended quickly, such as its regulations affecting insurer health plans and businesses. Other pieces may be maintained for up to three or four years, such as insurance subsidies and the Medicaid expansion. Some parts of the law may never be repealed, such as the provision letting people under age 26 remain on a parent’s plan.

House conservatives want a two-year fuse for the repeal. Republican leaders prefer at least three years, and there has been discussion of putting it off until after the 2020 elections, staffers said.

In other words, there will never be a replacement.

Two years. Three. Four. It doesn't matter. If they repeal Obamacare and do not immediately replace it, they never will. None of the alternative policy proposals floated by Republicans, such as creating health savings accounts and allowing the sale of insurance across state lines, will ever amount to a level of coverage ushered in by Obamacare.

Those policies are not a replacement. The only true replacement for Obamacare would be universal single-payer. There is no other possible replacement that would afford equal coverage and Republicans know this.

Undoing Obamacare would increase the number of non-seniors who are uninsured by 24 million over a decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Republican aides privately acknowledge that would give Democrats a potent political weapon to fight their efforts, but say their focus will be on lowering costs and expanding choice.

At some point over the next several years, this reality is going to assert itself. Republicans will either abandon their fantasy and keep a majority of Obamacare intact, or they will throw tens of millions of people off their healthcare. In any event, the time has come to shit or get off the pot.

  • By repealing first – it shows once again that their ideological idiocy is just for show and a sham, like the 60 other repeal votes.

  • If these dumbasses were smart (they aren’t), they’d pass the important fixes the law needs and then claim they’ve gotten rid of Obamacare and replaced it with Republicare. Their idiot supporters would believe it and the Repubs could then claim credit for the whole thing.

    • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

      Step 1. Invent policy.
      Step 2. Deny inventing policy because Blue Shirts are trying to pass it.
      Step 3. Fight tooth and nail to prevent policy.
      Step 4. Cripple policy.
      Step 5. Bitch about policy, lie about policy.
      Step 6. Continue bitching and lying.
      Step 7. Bitch some more, lie some more.
      Step 8. Un-cripple policy.
      Step 9. Claim it’s a whole new policy.
      Step 10. Claim sole responsibility.

      Yup, sounds around right.

  • muselet

    After nearly eight years of blatantly lying about the Affordable Care Act and promising immediate repeal thereof at the earliest opportunity, the Rs find they have painted themselves into a corner. There is literally nothing they can do that won’t cause pain and misery to their constituents, which will in turn cause those constituents to turn on them in an frenzy that will look—electorally speaking—like a particularly gruesome scene from a zombie movie.

    Unfortunately, those constituents will turn to the most Right-wing alternative to the current crop of Rs available to them, alternatives (no, I didn’t say “alt-Right” but I may have hinted at it) whose preferred policies will make their lives even more miserable.

    No matter what Congress does, the end result ain’t going to be pretty.


  • Aynwrong

    Wow! Even I’m shocked by this. This is simply beyond cynical. After all the years of baying like wolves at the moon over how Obamacare was going to bring about a job killing apocalypse they’re not even going to try and repeal it? Just give up now and tell Trump’s idiot supporters to get over it and move on!

    Good grief.