False Starts: GOP should try again to repeal health law

How long and how many tries did it take the far left to achieve what they planned to be a government takeover of the health insurance industry? Many years, accompanied by several false starts.

Americans disappointed at defeat of a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare should keep that in mind. In particular, President Donald Trump and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan should refuse to allow last week’s collapse to deter them from trying again.

Obamacare was not an innovation by former President Barack Obama’s administration. A blueprint for the program was drawn up during President Bill Clinton’s tenure, by then-first lady Hillary Clinton. It, too, collapsed, then lay dormant during President George W. Bush’s administration. Only once Obama took office, with a Congress dominated by fellow Democrats, was the law bearing Obama’s name enacted.

Health care really is a complex issue. Among the quirks is that the same group of people who railed against Obamacare tend to soften up a bit when details of the very same law are presented to them as the Affordable Care Act, its official name. In fact, it is a testament to the degree to which Obama’s administration helped craft a law the American people would almost immediately forget they were able to live without. Without his name attached to it, those who saw Obama for what he was have a difficult time seeing the Affordable Care Act for what it is — an idea with perhaps good intentions that is still deeply flawed. If it is to do the good that may have been intended for the American people, it MUST be replaced with something better.

Getting repeal and replacement right is much more difficult than was enacting Obamacare. Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Trump should keep trying.

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