With such a great divide within our American Political Democracy, discourse among Republicans and Democrats have been nearly reduced to a state of nothingness. The gridlock in Washington is sourced by a mixture of ideologically driven politicians, and wealthy donors focused on supporting their sides initiative.
President Trump long promised to ‘Repeal and Replace’ Obamacare which has left insurers bankrupt and has raised deductibles and premiums. The Democrats know the many flaws of Obamacare but are not willing to surrender the bills pre-existing conditions.
Republican leaders like Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham have moved towards the center to grandfather Obamacare’s subsidies, but this scared off Republicans like Sen. Rand Paul (Ky) believing the bill would not fully repeal Obamacare. Surprisingly, even John McCain backed out who stressed the importance of working with Democrats in Congress. McCain was also responsible for the deciding vote on denying the “skinny repeal” of Obamacare.
On McCain’s decision he remarked,
“We should not be content to pass healthcare legislation on a party-line basis, as Democrats did when they rammed Obamacare through Congress in 2009. If we do so, our success could be as short-lived as theirs when the political winds shift, as they regularly do.”
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