The big policy battle taking shape at the moment is the on-going debate over the Senate version of Ryancare, dubbed Trumpcare, a proposal that will, if you can believe the GOP establishment, fulfill a long-standing Republican promise to repeal and replace Obamacare.
But what we know to be the truth is that the new Republican bill does nothing of the sort. In fact, five conservative Senators – Paul, Cruz, Lee, Heller, Johnson – are in opposition to it precisely because it does NOT repeal Obamacare. Aside from getting rid of the ACA’s taxes, the GOP version is largely the same, including a penalty for those who decide to go without healthcare coverage.
Senator Roger Wicker, in a Facebook post on Monday, stated his support for the bill, though with an important, albeit very political, caveat: “I’m glad we are repealing Obamacare, but it doesn’t go far enough. I’m not stopping until we have healthcare freedom.” So he has decided not to stand with some of the most conservative members of the Senate to oppose the new bill but will vote for it.
But let us ask some very important questions of Senator Wicker and his position on the bill:
If it is a repeal of Obamacare, as he states, why, then, does it not go far enough?
If he wants healthcare freedom, why would he ever support Trumpcare?
And if Obamacare is so bad, why has Wicker voted to fund it every single year that it has been in operation?
That’s seven years of funding. In past efforts to de-fund or repeal it, led by Senators Cruz, Lee, and Paul, Wicker did not stand with them. Not one single time.
So don’t be fooled by Senator Wicker’s latest effort to play political games in this new, slick attempt to have it both ways – support the establishment while seeming to stand on principle.
Roger Wicker’s support of this terrible bill is yet another betrayal of Republican promises and conservative principles.