A casual reading of political press this young year reveals a clear truth that previously was known to a select few wise seers, such as the author, and our assembled crew here at the last outpost on the right: Majority Republicans absent possibly Ted Cruz have no intention of repealing Obamacare; they merely wish to pull its levers of economic distortion for their benefactors.
Obamacare memorializes that healthcare is a ‘right’. Further, it memorializes that another person’s ‘right’ to healthcare and the ‘right’ of healthcare providers to be paid fee for service supersedes an individual’s right to his/her personal property. This is a logical extension of medicaid, WIC, SNAP, and all other forms of federal government wealth transfer that I do not think will be undone absent a financial and/or civil crisis.
What will Mr. Trump do about this? He is on record supporting some form of nationalized and/or single payer healthcare, the specifics of which are consistently absent given his history of broad protestations and inexperience implementing and executing. More interesting will be the reaction of his staff.
This will be the first line of demarcation between Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon assuming Mr. Bannon is who he says he is and is committed to the Breitbart ideology for something more than generating mouse clicks. Priebus will endorse the McConnell/Cornyn party line. My guess is Trump is ready and willing to raise the white flag, prattle on about people not dying in the streets, endorse healthcare as a right, and the power of the federal to seize private property of individuals to pay for it.
This will be the first shot at a key constituency that showed up for Trump in the general election: the remains of the right wing Tea Party types without which Mr. Trump would be a historical footnote and Madame President would be preparing her ascension to the throne.
Will the failure to repeal Obamacare and cement the expansion of Medicare/Medicaid to the masses using ‘private’ insurance as the conduit for income/wealth distribution be a fatal blow to Trump’s mandate? Possibly and I look forward to your thoughts. What will be the fatal shot (h/t to Ann Coulter for her consistency on the matter) is failure to follow through on hard line immigration enforcement.
I’ve been encouraged by Mr. Trump’s conduct of the transition. I am not encouraged by Republican’s failure to understand that Mr. Trump’s rise to their chagrin is directly correlated to their feckless leadership. Much ink has been spilled about Democrats clinging dogmatically to their failed leadership. Where is the criticism of Republicans doing the same? Who among Republican Congressional leadership endorsed Mr. Trump for President before Ted Cruz suspended his campaign? Trump’s coalition did not support him in conformation of Republican leadership, they supported him in opposition to it. His embrace of their failed priorities and policies may be the first toll of the bell signaling the end of an administration with amazing potential.
Now more than ever we need conservative polices; less government, not more. to cure what ills our sickened nation. Those ideals are anathema to Republican Congressional leadership and only a firm principled hand in the White House can do otherwise. There is nothing pro-business or pro-commerce about any tenant of Obamcare. There is no such thing as the ‘good part’ of Obamacare. An embrace of any portion of it surrenders liberty and private prosperity to the leftward march of progressivism and the final decline of America.