Well, well, well. There’s a mole at the Republican Retreat in Philadelphia this weekend. There’s a mole and that person caught a behind closed doors conversation on tape where Republicans fretted over how to actually deliver on two campaign promises: repealing ObamaCare and “defunding” Planned Parenthood. Far from being comforting, the words spoken demonstrate that the GOP is largely spineless.
The Washington Post published some choice comments:
“We’d better be sure that we’re prepared to live with the market we’ve created” with repeal, said Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.). “That’s going to be called Trumpcare. Republicans will own that lock, stock and barrel, and we’ll be judged in the election less than two years away.”
“Our goal, in my opinion, should be not a quick fix. We can do it rapidly — but not a quick fix,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.). “We want a long-term solution that lowers costs.”
Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) warned his colleagues that the estimated budget savings from passing the Obamacare repeal bill — which Republicans say could approach a half-trillion dollars — are needed to fund the costs of setting up a replacement. “This is going to be what we’ll need to be able to move to that transition,” he said.
Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Tex.) worried that one idea floated by Republicans — a refundable tax credit — would not work for middle-class families that cannot afford to prepay their premiums and wait for a tax refund.
And Rep. John Faso (R-N.Y.), a freshman congressman from the Hudson Valley, warned strongly against using the repeal of the ACA to also defund Planned Parenthood. “We are just walking into a gigantic political trap if we go down this path of sticking Planned Parenthood in the health insurance bill,” he said. “If you want to do it somewhere else, I have no problem, but I think we are creating a political minefield for ourselves — House and Senate.”
And then there was hand-wringing on needing Democratic help to get a repeal and replace bill passed, at least in the Senate. There was also consternation over covering the 20 million Americans currently covered by the health insurance exchanges, and even more talk about not being able to use reconciliation to get the job done, and questions on expanding medicaid.
Which begs the question…the Affordable Care Act, aka “ObamaCare” has been law for years, why do these guys not have a plan ready to go to get rid of it? And why the concern about political fallout when it comes to no longer paying Planned Parenthood for medicaid services? A case can be built to explain why this should be.
It’s almost as if they expected to not have to work with an incoming administration headed by a man who knows how to get things done, and maybe even that they don’t know how to get things done themselves.
If that doesn’t say something about the state of the Republican Party and their ambitions – to be able to stay in office as long as possible without anyone noticing that they do nothing while there – just keep an eye on the Capitol Building. Something else is liable to surface.
More at The Gateway Pundit.