On Obamacare Repeal, Failure Is Not An Option For Congressional Republicans

People understand Obamacare won't last. They see many states being down to one insurer, premiums skyrocketing, and deductibles reaching stratospheric levels. They understand what comes next won't be perfect either and even that some people who have insurance now may not going forward.

What they don't understand is how a handful of senators can hold the entire Congress hostage. They don't understand how it possibly could make sense for someone such as Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., who is up for re-election next year, to have so much trouble finding something he can vote for.

They don't understand how they can give Republicans control of both houses of Congress, the White House, and more than a thousand state and local offices – all because they were told this was the way to get rid of Obamacare – and Obamacare still stands.

They want the problem solved. Republicans in general still believe their party is the right one to make it happen. But they are getting more and more comfortable with the idea of exploring other options if the GOP can't get this across the finish line.

Democrats, to their credit, have done a good job of mucking up the process. Between their obstruction on Obamacare and their cloud of dust on Russia-Russia-Russia, they have kept the president from moving infrastructure, tax reform, and budget legislation – all early first-term goals.

And if Republicans can't get 50 votes for repeal, Democrats' more extreme plans will gain credence. They always viewed Obamacare as an interim step. The real goal, and Democrats are getting open about admitting it, is to pursue a full European-style single-payer healthcare system.

Read more from Ford O'Connell at the Washington Examiner

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