When Paul Ryan pushed through his non-repeal, waste of time Obamacare amendment we knew it was going to be problematic in the Senate. We knew the Senate wouldn’t do much to actually fix all the problems Obamacare created. All the problems Paul Ryan and his House GOP refuse to address.
The fact that the GOP controlled Senate is now backing away from removing Obamacare taxes shouldn’t be a surprise. While Republicans technically control the house and senate, Democrats seem to control the agenda. And the GOP isn’t willing to fight them.
Senators are seriously considering keeping in place some ObamaCare taxes for longer than the House-passed bill would as they seek to draft healthcare legislation that can pass their chamber with a simple majority.
Republicans are looking to slowly phase out extra federal funds for Medicaid expansion, beef up the new tax credits for buying insurance and add money for opioid abuse treatment — but they’ll have to pay for it to ensure the bill passes muster.
Again, this shouldn’t surprise anyone. GOP spines are seemingly made of rubber. But what is rather surprising is what one GOP Senator said in response to the subject.
It’s an “ObamaCare hangover,” Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) said.
“You can’t just simply let the American public get hit with these huge price increases without providing those that need it the most some assistance,” he said. “In order to do that, you’ve got to have revenue streams.”
Think about that for a moment. What Rounds is saying is that unless we continue taking money from people who have it, there won’t be money to give to those who don’t.
That, my friends, is by definition Socialism.