Numerous times the President has said in his opinion the Republicans should let Obamacare alone for a year or two. Let it implode (as it was designed to do) while the Democrats still own it.
When President Trump gave his well-received speech at CPAC he said that he has told Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and the Republican leadership in Congress to simply “let it implode.” The law is simply “repealing itself,” Trump told the audience. “All we have to do is let it implode.” He tweeted Jan. 4, “Republicans must be careful in that the Dems own the failed ObamaCare disaster, with its poor coverage and massive premium increases……”
On another occasion the President said to Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, “I’ve been telling you why don’t we wait, just let it implode and let’s not take the blame.” After a recent listening session with the GOP in Congress the President elaborated further:
And I have to say this, just in closing, and then I want to hear some of your stories. And we’ll let the press stay for your stories, if you like, but the press is making Obamacare look so good all of a sudden. I’m watching the news. It looks so good. They’re showing these reports — now, this one gets so much and this one gets so much.
First of all, it covers very few people. And it’s imploding. And ’17 will be the worst year. And I said it once, I’ll say it again. Because Obama’s gone — you know, he — things are going to be very bad this year for the people with Obamacare. They’re gonna have tremendous increases. And the Republicans, frankly, are putting themselves in a very bad position — I tell this to Tom Price all the time — by repealing Obamacare. Because people aren’t going to see the truly devastating effects of Obamacare. They’re not gonna see the devastation in ’17 and ’18 and ’19. It’ll be gone by then. It’ll — whether we do it or not, it’ll be imploded off the map.
So, the press is making it look so wonderful so that if we end it, everyone’s going to say, “Oh, remember how great Obamacare used to be? Remember how wonderful it used to be? It was so great.
It’s a little bit like President Obama. When he left, people liked him. When he was here, people didn’t like him so much. That’s the way life goes. That’s human nature.
The fact is, Obamacare is a disaster. And by — and I say this to the Republicans all the time — by repealing it, by getting rid of it, by ending it, everyone’s gonna say, “Oh, it used to be so great.” But it wasn’t great.
And I tell Tom Price and I tell Paul Ryan, I tell everyone of ’em, I say the best thing you can do politically is wait a year because it’s gonna blow itself off the map. But that’s the wrong thing to do for the country. It’s the wrong thing to do for our citizens.
Mr. President follow your own advice. Let this monstrosity implode and let the Democrats who shoved it down our throats take the blame. Don’t sign on to Speaker Ryan’s halfhearted attempt to shove Obamacare Lite down our throats as a remedy. If you fall into this trap you may well be sinking your presidency. The ABCCBSNBCCNNMASNBCPBS Cartel will hang this around your neck. They will drag out example after example of people who have lost insurance and/or died because you repealed what was meant to be a failure in the first place.
The Democrats passed Obamacare knowing it would implode so that Hillary could then say, “See halfway measures won’t work. We need a one payer system.” That was the plan all along as pointed out repeatedly in this column and by many other observers. However you, this movement, and your upset victory became the fly in their snake oil ointment. Don’t let them snatch victory from the jaws of defeat by getting them off the hook while impaling yourself.
There is Medicaid for the truly indigent and SSI for millions who cannot help themselves. We have a social safety net that is not enmeshed in the Obamacare nightmare. Drop this grenade. Dodge this bullet. Give us tax reform. Give us regulatory reform. Let the Democrats and their Obamacare die by a thousand cuts, and instead of rescuing them, make America great again by making America free again.
Dr. Owens teaches History, Political Science, and Religion. He is the Historian of the Future @ http://drrobertowens.com © 2017 Contact Dr. Owens [email protected] Follow Dr. Robert Owens on Facebook or Twitter @ Drrobertowens / Edited by Dr. Rosalie Owens