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Trump Check: He’s The One They’ve Been Waiting For

When the Democrats controlled both Congress and the White House and shoved Obamacare down the throats of an unwilling America, Republicans told us that if they got control of the House that they’d be able to at least de-fund Obama’s favorite bill if not get it repealed. So the American people elected Republicans to majority status in the House.

Then Republicans said that with only the House they were not able to overcome opposition from the Democrat Senate, and that they would need a majority there in order to get Obamacare repealed. So the American people elected Republicans to a majority in the Senate as well as the House.

But, of course, even with a majority in the House and the Senate, the Republicans began bellyaching about not having enough of a majority in Congress to overcome a veto by Obama when the two houses of the legislature pass bills to repeal. At this point the Republicans claimed that if only they had the White House as well as both houses of Congress they’d be able to get rid of Obamacare with no problem. So the American people elected Donald Trump to the presidency with the assumption that repealing Obamacare would be a cinch, right?

Not so fast.

Now the fool establishment Republicans in Washington claim that they may only “repair” Obamacare and fix the bad parts, when all along they’ve been promising to repeal and replace this disastrous bill in its entirety. And they project that this next step of repair-only may take up to a year to get done.

What I believe is happening now, is that Republicans want to replace Obama’s big-government bill with a big-government bill of their own, but one that assures more competition than Obamacare. The idea of competition and no government mandate is a good one, but why does government have to interfere with citizens’ choices of insurance coverage at all? All the Republicans have to do is pass a clean bill to repeal Obamacare and leave anyone currently on that coverage in-place for a year, at which time all coverage under Obamacare will end, completely. That would allow a year for anyone on Obamacare to talk with various insurance companies and choose the plan and cost that best fits them, and the deal is done. No one would have lost coverage and everyone would have the plan they chose for themselves and their families. And if anyone is stupid enough to remain on Obamacare during the twelve-month grace period and lose coverage after the grace period ends, then they can seek coverage under one of the various state plans to cover people with no insurance, or go without insurance if that’s their decision.

President Trump promised to get rid of Obamacare, and with all of the other initiatives that he’s put into place in his first two weeks, I believe he would accept any bill that repealed Obamacare, if only the fool Republicans would get such a bill to his desk. Republicans need to get off of their butts and do what they promised to do, and what we voted for them to do, and do it now! Trump is the President that Republican legislators have been asking for, so the ball is in their court.

Republicans, pay attention: Americans elected Trump, now let him do his job.

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Dave King

Retired AT&T supervisor.

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