Republican Senators are begging Democrats to work with them and rescue them from their Obamacare repeal mess.
Here is Republican Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) on CNBC’s “Squawk Box:”
Johnson said, “My thought process is let’s start working with Democrats, let’s transition to a system that’ll actually work that Democrats are talking about. They want to fix it, let’s fix it for the benefit of the American public….I think more and more people are, as they’re starting to take a look at the daunting task of how do you start repairing the damage of ObamaCare, realizing it’s not particularly easy.”
To translate, Republicans realize that repealing Obamacare is going to cause massive damage to the health care system, so they want Democrats to help them, and by “help” Republicans mean take blame for the millions of American lives that they are about to wreck.
Everyone knew that this was coming. Less than two weeks ago, President Obama warned Congressional Democrats not to rescue Republicans on Obamacare repeal.
Trump and Republicans have painted themselves into a corner. They began the repeal process without a replacement bill. If they repeal the ACA without a replacement, the consequences and the political blowback will be immediate.
For years, Congressional Republicans have created crisis after crisis and then turned to Democrats and President Obama to bail them out. As of tomorrow, Republicans will be on their own. Republican Senators can beg Democrats for their help, but they are going to get nothing.
Republicans didn’t have to repeal the ACA. Trump and the Republican Congressional majority could have left the law in place and fixed anything they felt that needed fixing. The Republicans chose to kill this law and take health care away from tens of millions of people.
Democrats aren’t riding to the rescue. Republicans are on their own, and will be held accountable for their own decisions.