In a candid interview with Eric Cantor in The Washingtonian, Cantor admits Obamacare could not be repealed and replaced, even if Republicans held both chambers. It’s obvious he knows it won’t be repealed now, even with Trump in the White House.
Cantor led the charge over several years and helped create the false impression that Obamacare would be repealed and replaced.
His lie, and he admits he “never believed it”, cost the former minority whip his seat in the House. It has also put Republicans in their current, untenable position. They are expected to repeal and replace the Obama healthcare bill, but many of the establishment Republicans have never and still don’t have any intention of doing it.
Cantor told The Washingtonian that he feels “100 percent responsible” for creating the perception that it would be repealed and replaced.
He admits he knew it was “dead on arrival in the Democratic-controlled Senate.”
He continued: “After seven years of pledging they could dismantle Obamacare, if only they had control of Congress and the White House, Republicans—at last in charge of both—have faced deep divisions over a replacement.”
Cantor returned to the pre-Trump days: “To give the impression that if Republicans were in control of the House and Senate, that we could do that when Obama was still in office . . .” His voice trails off and he shakes his head. “I never believed it.”
He wasn’t the only one aware of the charade: “We sort of all got what was going on, that there was this disconnect in terms of communication, because no one wanted to take the time out in the general public to even think about ‘Wait a minute—that can’t happen.’ ”
But, he adds, “if you’ve got that anger working for you, you’re gonna let it be.”
Cantor helped form the strategy, knowing it was a charade, a fantasy. He did it because it worked at the midterm elections [except for him of course].
Americans by now, after watching the Senate today, understand that Obamacare will never be repealed and replaced. It’s been around for 8 years and is engrained in the system. Governors and citizens like the Medicaid handouts. The subsidies in the Obamacare exchanges have wooed millions more.
Americans will not give up their freebies and we have another unsustainable entitlement. It promises to destroy us one day but the politicians will make a few tweaks and kick the problems down the road to future generations.
It would take tremendous courage and a disregard for one’s career in Congress to repeal and replace it. Who in Congress has that kind of courage? Too few to make it happen.
Our politicians in both parties are spineless, self-indulgent liars who care about getting re-elected; not all of them, but too many of them.
The saddest aspect of this is our alternative to Republicans are the hardcore leftist Democrats.
We need to march on D.C. and let the establishment know we are in charge.
The fact that politicians are exempt from the law should tell you everything.
Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan, Kevin Murphy = The Young Guns who lost their mojo. Actually, they never really had it.
They’re credibility is in the swamp, ah hem cesspool.