Don’t get too cozy with the all-Republican federal government in DC. Just when we thought there was a mandate to get rid of Obama’s dubious legacy, Republican politicos are already back-pedaling on promises to repeal Obamacare.
Here’s more from Newsmax:
Republicans are increasingly talking about repairing President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul, a softening of tone that comes as their drive to fulfill a keystone campaign promise encounters disunity, drooping momentum and uneasy voters.
GOP lawmakers insist they’ve not abandoned their goal of repeal, though they face lingering disputes about whether that vote should come before, after or simultaneously with a replacement effort.
Republicans triumphantly shoved a budget through Congress three weeks ago that gave committees until Jan. 27 to write bills dismantling the law and substituting a Republican plan. Everyone knew that deadline meant little, but now leaders are talking about moving initial legislation by early spring.
And as the party struggles to translate its long-time political mantra into legislation that can pass Congress, some Republicans have started using gentler language.
“It’s repairing the damage Obamacare has caused. It’s more accurate” than repeal and replace, said Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., who chairs the Senate health committee. He notes that President Donald Trump and many Republicans want to keep popular pieces of the overhaul like requiring family policies to cover children up to age 26.