This is me predicting the future. With the Senate vote against skinny repeal of Obamacare, Republican voters are pissed. For good reason. Republicans have been granted the House and Senate on the repeated promise of repealing socialized medicine. Apparently they have been lying to us. Sure, they were willing to pass bill after bill repealing ACA while President Obama was President. When it really counted Republicans whiffed. Were they lying? Apparently. Being willing to repeal Obamacare when President Obama was never going to sign repeal was nothing more than demonstrating to the Republican base that we want your vote. When it counted Republicans let the country down. Granted, not all Republicans. Not even most Republicans. But Senator Cruz was correct in saying all Republicans will pay a price for the deception of a few (I’m looking at you Senator McCain).
I was one of those Tea Partiers standing on the side of the road with clever signs encouraging Congress not to enact ACA to begin with. Almost all of our predictions about Obamacare have come true. Skyrocketing premiums and deductibles, and far less access to doctors and plans. There is no doubt that many Democrats saw ACA as a pathway to a single payer system. Americans don’t want that and they expressed their concerns by giving Republicans majorities in the House and Senate.
Enter President Trump. Democrats and some Republicans started to undermine his Presidency from day one. Democrats began claiming that the President and his campaign colluded with Russia to become the leader of the free world. The media (aka Democrat propaganda machine) continue that drumbeat to this day. Never mind that tens of thousands of jobs are being created, the stock market has hit record high after record high, regulations are being decimated, illegal immigration has slowed by 70%, ISIS is quietly being defeated, and it’s cool to love and respect cops and the rule of law again. But. Republicans couldn’t deliver on their promise to repeal and replace Obamacare. That, my friends (to borrow a phrase from the senior Senator from Arizona), will be their temporary undoing.
If Congress can’t circle back and do what they promised, enough Republicans will stay at home for the midterms. Congress will become blue and impeachment proceedings will begin. Never mind that there are no actual “high crimes or misdemeanors”. It’s all political. Democrats will say there was collusion, or obstruction of justice, or conflict of interest, or whatever. Democrats and some Republicans can’t believe, or come to grips, that we the people elected a President Trump. They will fix our “mistake” in 2019.
Enter President Pence. He will continue the prosperity train. Smaller government and the rule of law will prevail. Americans, mostly Republicans and Independents, will be incensed at the impeachment of Donald Trump. Republican majorities will be restored in Congress. ACA will be repealed and replaced. The economy will take off. President Pence will be re elected and then re re elected.
Mark these words and come back in a year or two to see if I am right. It may not play out exactly this way, but this is how it looks to me this morning on July 30, 2017. Time will tell. I do know this. It won’t be boring!