John Boehner, the former Speaker of the House, and a man whose legacy will be marked by the cowardly tightrope act he attempted to play for the years, is now unconstrained by the need to tote the party line (whatever that may be for Republicans nowadays). Such freedom gave him the opportunity to speak his mind about the latest GOP attempt to kick Americans off of their health insurance:
Boehner is saying a speedy repeal and replacement of Obamacare — which Trump has promised — is never going to happen.
“I started laughing,” he said of the talk of the quick repeal and replacement, Politico reported.
“Republicans never ever agree on health care,” he added.
I’ll give the man credit for understanding internal Republican politics. It took less than 24 hours for the extremist wing of the party to tear their leadership and this bill to shreds. Not content with the fact that there are billions of dollars worth of tax cuts in the bill and that painful Medicaid cuts are included, these elephants want the entirety of the bill destroyed.
Trump, as he is prone to do when faced with hard decisions, is ambiguous about the new bill. The other folks in the White House are taking a similar tone. A repeal bill will get very little, if any, Democratic support and Republican senators are nervous about any kind of service cut to Medicaid in the House bill.
In the short-term, this process is going exactly as Boehner predicted.
In the long-term, it’s important to recognize that the ideas that Republicans have for governing are terrible. After reducing states like Kansas and Louisiana to hollow shells of themselves with massive tax cuts for the wealthy, it is plain to see where their priorities lie.
They are with the wealthy, the board room, polluters and oppressors. They looked the other way on racism, sexism and xenophobia when voting for Trump. Their “thought leaders” who spoke at their premier conference include a sheriff who runs a jail where inmates die, a white supremacist and (before he was ousted from speaking) a defender of pedophilia and perpetrator of online harassment.
There is no vision for helping anyone who isn’t a wealthy white man within the Republican Party.