In the lead up to the November 2016 elections, Republicans running for Congress were nearly universally saying they’d Repeal Obamacare on Day One of a Trump presidency.
But now, some establishment Republicans are backing away from “Repeal and Replace” to now focus on “Repairing” the so-called “Affordable” Care Act.
Last week Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), head of the Senate Finance Committee said the GOP wanted to “try and repair the law.”
Even with a Republican White House, U.S. House, and U.S. Senate, this shift in tone could signal some early concessions to the Democrat minority.
If Republicans back off on Obamacare repeal — arguably their biggest campaign promise from 2016 — there’s no telling what they could concede on next.
Without continued pressure from their constituents to make good on Obamacare repeal, we could quickly see the political landscape shift like it did a decade ago after a Republican-controlled government passed massive entitlement expansion.
That ended up setting the stage for President Obama, Harry Reid, and Nancy Pelosi to take the reins in Washington, D.C.
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