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As the Republicans seemed inexplicably unprepared to begin dismantling Obamacare after seven years and more than 50 votes to repeal it when Obama was in office, I remain encouraged that they will eventually get it done and get it right.

What I find most disturbing is how the Democrats are giddy that the GOP failed to rescue them from the monster they created. Wanting Trump to fail appears to be more important to them than bringing down costs or improving health care.

These kinds of partisan games are what people despise about today’s politics in Washington.

Speaking of political games, I’m reminded of how the Democrats got us into this mess. Seven years ago Obama promised that Americans could see all of the proceedings on C-SPAN, remember that?

And we can never forget how he sold this bill based on the lie that we could keep our doctors and our insurance.

Then there were all the backroom deals such as the Louisiana Purchase to buy the vote of Sen. Mary L. Landrieu or the Cornhusker Kickback to buy Ben Nelson’s vote.

There were also concessions and exemptions to buy more support. I’m glad Republicans didn’t stoop to this level to get their bill passed.

After all this deliberate deception, Democrats shamelessly pretend to have the moral high ground with Obamacare.

I was disappointed that the GOP chose to hurry this vote but I’m glad there were enough principled members to defy their own party rather than blindly walking in lock step – as we saw the Democrats do when they shoved Obamacare down everyone’s throats.

It took seven years to get into this mess. It will take more than a few months to get out. If we can get it right, it will be worth the wait.

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  • Brian Baker

    Well said, Gil. Kudos. I couldn’t agree more.

  • Ron Bischof

    Concur, Gil. Nicely done on your LTE.

  • lois eisenberg

    “Don’t rush getting health care right”
    Seven years and 1 or 2 weeks of wasted time to repeal and replace !!
    Wow what an accomplishment !!

    • Phil Ellis

      Just think what might have happened had Obama and the Democrats not been so insistent on cramming an unwritten (and ultimately unworkable plan) down our throats. I would much prefer a plan that has been opened up for informal public commentary and formal Congressional debate. I guess there are those who do not value transparency in government.

      • Ron Bischof

        Indeed, Phil.

        Obviously the Obamacare strategy was to just get it passed and worry about the details later via legislative of HHS regulatory “fixes”.

        Two problems arose:

        1. Democrats lost their majority in the House and had to pass the half-baked Senate bill as is via reconciliation.
        2. The new majority in the House effectively blocked any legislative “fixes”, i.e., Federal expenditure of tax dollars to plug the sinking boat. So the political maneuvering was done via XO and HHS regulations.

        The Democrats then lost the Senate majority and subsequently the Presidency. They really did believe their own “permanent majority” BS.

        Question: Is there any reason to retain the legislative filibuster?

      • Gil Mertz

        Ron’s exactly right. Obamacare has taken a tremendous toll on the Democratic Party over the last three election cycles. This is no doubt a part of the GOP’s reluctance with engaging because it is so politically poisonous. However, after seven years most Americans still oppose it in its current form. Despite the noise from the Democrats and the media, the GOP is with the majority if they can get this right.

  • Gil Mertz

    Thank you very much Brian and Ron. I was actually with Mark Meadows tonight in Washington DC, leader of the Freedom Caucus. He feels that Trump, Ryan & Co are moving their way toward a plan that will lower premiums and that a deal is going to happen soon.

    • Ron Bischof

      Often multiple attempts are required to produce the desired results and it’s early days.

    • Brian Baker

      Thanks for the update, Gil. Good news!