As I write this article at 1:30 a.m. on Friday, July 28, I sit here in disgust, wondering why for 7-years, the Republican party campaigned on repealing Obamacare?
We’ve entrusted several of these Republicans to follow through on a campaign promise they’ve been running on since 2010. Well, tonight, three “Republican” senators broke their promise.
Senators McCain (R-AZ), Murkowski (R-AK) and Collins (R-ME) all broke their promise tonight on advancing legislation that would dismantle major portions of Obamacare.
So, what were the senators voting on tonight during this reconciliation process? The final bill presented by Leader McConnell (who I’m not a fan of), was labeled as a “skinny repeal” of Obamacare, which would have dismantled the individual and employer mandates, eliminated the Cadillac tax on medical equipment, defunded planned parenthood and much more.
When I worked at CBS Radio, the one thing that stopped me from gaining full time employment was the employer mandate under Obamacare. Several times, management said that every new position that they were offering would be 25 hours-per-week. This was good for them, because it meant they didn’t have to pay more money to offer health benefits to employees. On the other hand, it reduced hours, and the ability for those employees to make more money.
This legislation would have been used as a vehicle to go to conference committee with the House of Representatives. Instead of complaining about this whole process and the failure of these politicians who promised something they couldn’t follow through on, I wanted to point out, that there are parts of Obamacare that I have personally benefited from. Without some of the tax credits, I would not have been able to afford health insurance coverage these past several years.
Before the expected vote on vote-a-rama was canceled, I emailed Sen. McCaskill asking her to sponsor an amendment which would have expanded tax credits to people making below the poverty line in states that hadn’t expanded Medicaid. (But that got nowhere.)
Now that repeal has failed, it’s time to move on to tax reform. It’s just a shame that “Republican” lawmakers like McCain, Murkowski and Collins would vote against repealing federal mandates that tax people for a product they don’t want, and reduce hours of employment for several million people.