If you're wondering what the Republican plan for fixing America's health care system is after they magically repeal Obamacare, don't worry! They still don't have one, but that's not actually stopping them.
Senior House Republicans — struggling to find consensus for health care legislation to replace the Affordable Care Act — are planning to test ideas in April at town-hall-style meetings that could provide a path toward a long-promised alternative to President Obama’s signature legislative achievement.
The “House ObamaCare Accountability Project” is still months away from producing actual legislation. With Democrats opposed, Republican leaders will have a hard time finding enough votes for any plan, and Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio remains cool to guaranteeing a vote.
But a road map is developing.
“It’s important to show the American people that there is a better approach to improving health care for Americans than Obamacare,” said Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the majority whip. “Unlike the president and congressional Democrats, we have been listening to the American people, and what Americans want is affordability, greater flexibility and access to care, which we are focused on achieving.”
"We just have no idea how to actually achieve that," McCarthy forgot to add. And let's note that an accountability project doesn't seem to involve repealing Obamacare at all...
With every passing week, the Affordable Care Act is changing the political terrain, Republican leadership aides concede. The Department of Health and Human Services announced on Monday that enrollment in private health plans through the health care exchanges had passed the five million mark, with two weeks to go before the first sign-up period ends.
That may be below the goal of seven million set initially by the administration in internal documents, but the final number will not be far below that, and it does not count millions more enrolled through an expansion of Medicaid.
The reality is that Republicans lost this battle in 2010, plain and simple. They will make gains in 2014 because of it, but those gains will be tempered by the fact they don't have anyone in 2016. They know they've lost. They're trying to figure out how to take 100% of the credit for "fixing" Obamacare problems that have largely been created by Republicans themselves in red states refusing to participate. Once that all gets ironed out and states like Texas and Florida buy in out of necessity, the game ends. The fact that Republicans are still trying to come up with a "road map" four years after Democrats passed legislation tells you exactly how dedicated Republicans are to do anything about health care. That would require actual governance, which is something they are intellectually incapable of.
They're desperately trying to figure out a way to prevent Obamacare from becoming the law of the land, but they have no real plans for fixing anything, and they know it.
They're far too late.