President Donald Trump hosts a meeting with House and Senate leadership in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Wednesday, March 1, 2017, in Washington. From left, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Trump, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

It Would Be Better for Republicans to Do Nothing Than to Pass Their Swampcare Plan

I want you to listen to Tammy, a caller to my radio program last night. She is a swing voter. She voted for the Democrats until Obamacare jacked up her insurance and healthcare costs. She turned to the GOP to fix it. They did not. So she turned to Donald Trump, believing he would get rid of Obamacare. Now she does not know where to turn, correctly believing the GOP is breaking their word to her.

If Republicans pass swampcare, their Obamacare-lite pretend replacement plan, they will have violated their repeated promises to the American people over the past seven years. If Republicans do nothing, they will likewise be violating their repeated promises to the American people over the past seven years.

But if Republicans pass swampcare, they will own each and every failure in the American healthcare system. Changing one line of Obamacare would force the GOP to own it, and the GOP would be unable to withstand the media blowback.

If, however, the Republicans do nothing but let Obamacare exist, they will let it crumble and fail, and they can blame President Obama. They can continue to say I told you so. They can continue to pressure their hold out Republican colleagues for better legislation that does repeal Obamacare.

As it stands, the Republicans’ swampcare plan does not repeal Obamacare and it does not replace Obamacare. It only tweaks Obamacare. President Trump seems to be under the impression that any deal is better than no deal. He would be wrong. Taking this deal brings with it 100% of the blame for all the future problems in American healthcare.

If the President and his White House team are paying attention, they should note that the Republican pundits and politicians most vocally supporting swampcare are the very same Republicans the base of the party turned against, leading to the rise of Donald Trump. To side with those pundits and politicians now is to become the establishment. It is to invite a challenge to the President.

The Republicans will break their promises one way or the other. But breaking their promises and escaping blame for the collapse of America’s healthcare would be far better than owning the suck.

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