Donald Trump and congressional Republicans made a big promise in 2016. They would repeal Obamacare. Immediately. Totally. End of discussion.
Now, maybe not so much.
Republicans on Capitol Hill say the operative word is no longer “repeal.” It’s “repair.”
Still, they say, they’ll do it right away.
But then Trump says, maybe not so fast. Let’s take a year or so to do it right.
He promises it will be something great. “Insurance for all.” Cheaper and better than Obamacare.
We can’t wait to see it.
Meanwhile, Republican congressmen find themselves under siege at town halls. Angry constituents want to know what this means for their insurance. So the honorables called for extra security. Or ducked the voters altogether.
Republicans are facing the same problem Democrats did for eight years. Nobody knows what Obamacare is or does. Many don’t know that Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act are one and the same.
Democrats couldn’t explain what they did for people. Now Republicans can’t explain what they’ll do to people.
Let the Republicans stew. The Democratic message will be simple: Whatever you don’t like about your insurance or your health care, blame RepubliCare.