When he was campaigning for President in 2008, Barack Obama signaled his interest in closing the Health Care Gap in America. Health Care had a lot of Energy around it since he first took over the Oval Office, on January 20, 2009. Then, on March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and “affectionately” referred to as Obamacare by Republicans, into Law.
Early this year, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) referred to it as the “Law of the Land”. But, the Tea Party contingent in the GOP would have none of that. To my last count, it pushed through a total of 42 votes in the House to Repeal Obamacare; however, the Republicans knew full well that the Bill would go nowhere in the Senate, and President Obama was sure to VETO it.
Last week, their strategy changed and they voted for a “Continuing Resolution” to keep the Government operating, while also de-funding Obamacare. Most recently, the Republican-led House passed a somewhat different “variation on the theme”–to pass the C.R. and delay the implementation of Obamacare. Don’t they ever learn?
The ACA implementation was originally delayed in order to give states the time to decide whether to establish their own Health Care Exchanges, or go with the Federal Program. Also, the delay was needed for businesses, health care providers and the Federal Government to have the time to decide their various strategies and start them operating.
Keep in mind that many on the “Right”, especially a number of GOP-controlled states challenged ACA right up to the Supreme Court. So, when SCOTUS did so, that legal process just put the implementation schedule back further
So far, the GOP has been throwing every roadblock they can to delay or de-rail ACA. States have even taken matters into their own hands–in some cases, however, to the detriment of their own Citizens.
The real question is: how can you ask for more time to study something that has been in the works for five years, and the Law of the Land for three and a half? What would more time mean? Haven’t we heard this before–on other issues?