Ranking House Republican:  GOP has no alternative to Obamacare

While maintaining healthcare reform remains of preeminent importance to the GOP, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers recently admitted that Republicans have failed to advance any alternative to Obamacare.

McMorris, a Republican representing Washington’s Fifth Congressional District, also serves as Chairwoman of the House Republican Conference.

During an appearance on New York radio station AM 970’s The Cats Roundtable, McMorris Rodgers discussed the importance of returning decision making on healthcare to physicians and patients.

McMorris Rodgers revealed the GOP does have proposals and Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) has appointed a member of the House to lead discussions; however, McMorris Rodgers admitted nothing has emerged in the form of a bill to replace Obamacare:

“We’ve got to write the specific replacement to the Affordable Care Act.  We’ve talked about repealing Obamacare, we’ve taken votes, we’ve put the bill on the president’s desk to repeal Obamacare, but we’ve got to put forward:  What is the future of healthcare?”


McMorris Rodgers’ words may be poisonous with elections looming in November, but she deserves a chest full of medals for having the strength to confess GOP shortcomings.

While the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is an unmitigated disaster and has been since its calamitous roll-out, utter chaos would have prevailed had the law been repealed in face of McMorris Rodgers’ admission.

While consistently claiming sole ownership of the truth with odious conceit manifest in over 60 attempts to overturn the ACA, conversation on healthcare is rendered meaningless unless the GOP advances a sound counterproposal. 

While healthcare has not been rendered secondary by the GOP, a refusal to develop and promote a sound fallback plan would have cast millions of Americans already wracked with anxiety into a tailspin with the heavy trial of acquiring medical assistance, likely at a substantially higher cost with no substitute to replace the ACA.

For the GOP to be real-life practitioners of sound policy, it is compulsory for them to become crusaders with concrete ideas and practices which nurture dependable solutions to the healthcare quandary Obamacare has wrought, and not reduce themselves to a party of fusspots campaigning against the ACA.

Should the GOP remain intransigent, prevail as an obstructionist party and continue to abdicate the responsibility of leadership, the American electorate has a unique ability to respond to shabby betrayals and clean the stables from the voting booth.


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