Wednesday, February 08, 2017

GOP Slows Repeal and Replace of Obamacare Pivots to Fixing it Instead

I guess once you are in the governing seat you have to actually think about things before you vote on them.
"I think it is more accurate to say repair Obamacare because, for example, in the reconciliation procedure that we have in the Senate, we can't repeal all of Obamacare," Sen. Lamar Alexander, the chair of the Senate Health Committee, said last week.
Also last week, Sen. Orrin Hatch, the head of the Senate Finance Committee, told CNN that the GOP wanted to "try and repair the law."
There may also be a source for the change. Bloomberg reported that conservative pollster Frank Luntz told Republicans at a summit in Philadelphia that the "repair" language was more amenable to Americans and to use it instead of "repeal and replace."
They should have used repair from the beginning so they didn't have a weird 2 stage process to have to contend with. Repeal and then Replace needs to be almost at the same time or people will be left without coverage because of Congressional shortsightedness. Fixing means just tackling the bad stuff while leaving what Americans like behind.  

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