I have a question: Do the Republicans have the principles to do what they want to do to the ACA?

Ever since the ACA was signed into law by President Obama, the Republicans have made it their primary promise to the country that they will repeal the Affordable Care Act (more commonly known as Obamacare). As a result of the election in November 2016, the Republicans are in full control of the government. There is nothing holding them back on keeping this promise. However, this repeal has not yet happened.


If you remember from 2010, the Democrats, after several months of debate and obstructionism, were able to piece together a sub-optimal and authoritarian piece of legislation and was able to pass it using various acts of legislative sleight of hand. Despite the fact that it was bad legislation, passing the ACA was a major accomplishment.


On the other hand, the passing of the ACA was a Pyrrhic victory for the Democrats. In 2010, they lost control of the House or Representatives. In 2014, they lost control of the Senate. Finally, in 2016, they lost control of the White House. They would have lost it in 2012, if the Republicans did not run the man who was credited for laying the foundation for the ACA.


The real question today is “Do the Republicans have the principles to make the same sacrifice?” In 2010, the Democrats fought hard for what they thought was right. In 2017 and possibly 2018, are the Republicans willing to fight just as hard? To be able to do what they are wanting, to repeal and replace the ACA, they are going to have to fight just as hard and be willing to suffer the same losses.


What is it going to be? Are they going to make the sacrifice or are they just sit back in safety and continue to complain about what they can change?


Dino Manalis Added Apr 18, 2017 - 5:08pm
Republicans are disagreeing among themselves, conservatives and moderates, the Freedom caucus only wants to repeal the ACA, while moderates want to replace it.  In my opinion, they should just repeal all the taxes and mandates, while medicaid ought to stay the same, but recipients should pay something for it.  Nothing's free!  Business tax cuts should come first, not health care, we need to erase chronic economic stagnation as soon as possible!
Utpal Patel Added Apr 19, 2017 - 4:29am
Unlike Democrats dutifully who do whatever their leaders tell them to do, Republicans are beholden to nobody.   Because of this, getting the Republicans to agree on something is much harder and they should be commended for not always acting as one. 
Mike Haluska Added Apr 19, 2017 - 3:01pm
The fact that the ACA is a financial house of cards makes which ever Party in control liable for getting rid of it.  There is no way to fix something that is based on lies and the belief that you can have "something for nothing". 
The ACA is like a limb completely infected with gangrene.  Trimming the rotten flesh around the edges is futile - screwing around too long will result in the disease spreading to vital organs.
Terrant Jabocs Added Apr 20, 2017 - 12:15pm
@Dino I have to agree. If the Republicans are going to make changes, they need to repeal the whole thing otherwise, they are leaving the framework in place and building on a poor foundation is never a good idea.
@Utpal I would point out that the Democrats had the same problems getting the ACA to pass. If it was as you said, we would most likely be talking about repealing single payer instead of the son of Romneycare.
@Mike I think the resistance from the voters is because nobody likes DC running it fingers in its healthcare. I'm sure that higher premiums and lots of people losing coverage doesn't help the Republican cause.
Shane Dean Added Apr 20, 2017 - 8:57pm
The real question today is “Do the Republicans have the principles to make the same sacrifice?” In 2010, the Democrats fought hard for what they thought was right.  The Democrats fought hard for what would buy them votes.  If they fought for what they supposedly believe in, they would have used their majority to close the tax loopholes or some other thing they promise to do to stick it to the rich yet never deliver on.  
Bill H. Added Apr 20, 2017 - 11:00pm
Ironically, a group of Republicans (The Heritage Foundation) proposed the ACA back in 1989. It was then proposed as "A National Health System for America". Nothing ever got accomplished until Obama approved his version (which was essentially the same) back in 2010.
Being that Obama passed it and the Republicans all agreed to disagree with anything Obama proposed, they ended up flip-flopping and turning against their own idea.
Granted, it wasn't perfect, but could have been improved if both parties would have (heaven forbid) worked together on it, rather than resorting to the usual childish pouting mode.
I sure it is a whole lot better than anything we are going to see from the Trump regime, but I guess the insurance industry is still not happy with their profits. If you think premiums are high now, just wait to see what happens when we allow both the health insurance industry, combined with both the healthcare industry and pharmaceutical industry control the prices.
Do you really think they will be looking out for the average citizen?
Mike Haluska Added Apr 21, 2017 - 2:33pm
Bill H - wherever true competition is allowed to flourish, consumers win.  Putting a gun to the consumer's head and ordering them to buy anything is right out of Karl Marx and guarantees high prices and low quality.  The ONLY way health insurers will truly look out for their customer's interest is if they know the customer can take their business elsewhere.
By the way - your claim that the ACA was suggested by the Heritage Foundation is, as usual, a misrepresentation on your part.  All that the Heritage Foundation was suggesting was a mandate that heads of households be required to purchase a catastrophic plan.  In NO WAY did they suggest a takeover of the health care system!!!
Bill H. Added Apr 21, 2017 - 6:03pm
Mike - not in the case of the industries involved in healthcare. They will all work together to fix pricing and begin the price increases in sync (just as the telecommunications industries do) to slowly but surely stick it to the consumer, who they know will have no recourse.
Haven't you figured out yet how the service industry works?
I know well, as I worked in it for over 30 years.