For a number of years now the GOP, terrified that demographics were running against it has given up on national governance and instead operated on a nonstop political obstructionist basis. At the heart of such non-stop politics rests the survival of the very important ACA (Obamacare.) and thus the survival of millions of Americans. For more than two national political cycles Republicans have been beating the drums that the ACA was a horribly unworkable system that had to be repealed and replaced.
The non-political truth is that the basically sound ACA has a few serious flaws that even some reasonable Republicans like Maine’s Senator Susan Collins and Arizona’s Senator John McCain believe can be fixed if only Democrats and Republicans were allowed to work together on the basis of Regular Order legislation.
But no, the GOP leadership, for purely political reasons, has taken the position that nothing shall be allowed to go forward unless it has the backing of the majority of the majority. Meaning of course that Republicans will not accept any fix that requires a mix of some Republicans and most Democrats to vote yea. In other words, for the Republican establishment, party power continues to trump national interest. They adamantly hold to the rationally indefensible line that the ACA is a Democratic abomination that must be exterminated.
Even political hacks like HHS Secretary Tom Price continue to race around the Sunday morning news shows wrongly (lying to be more precise about it) that the ACA can never be fixed — once again, pure political nonsense. Thus millions of lives are at stake as Republicans conjure up nefarious ways to sabotage the ACA as a means to attempt to prove their point. The simple fact is that Republicans have painted themselves into a political corner and thus they insist on not allowing major legislation to go forward that does not have the backing of the majority of the majority of Republicans that control Congress — pure obstructionism at work against the nation’s citizenry.