It is no secret that most Americans do not trust our political institutions, particularly Congress. How will we ever restore confidence in Congress? If Congress fails to completely repeal Obamacare, we will have broken our promise to the American people.
In our everyday lives we soon lose faith in those who tell us they will do one thing, and don’t. Similarly, we trust those who keep their promises. We learn we can count on them. We believe in and respect them. When we keep our promises, we develop integrity. People come to expect us to keep our word. This happens institutionally as well as individually.
The Republicans in office today at the federal level, from the president, to the Senate, and to the furthest back bencher of the House of Representatives, promised to repeal Obamacare. Everyone, every voter, whether Democrat, Republican, or of any other persuasion, understood what that meant. It meant that Obamacare would be completely gone, as if it didn’t exist.
President Trump said we would repeal this “disastrous” and “calamitous” law. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Congress would repeal Obamacare “root and branch.” House Republicans said we would repeal Obamacare, not merely fix it, because it was a “knot of regulations, taxes, and mandates [that] cannot be untangled. We need a clean start….
Our promise was simple. It was clear. It was our word and our bond.
But the most recent House healthcare reform proposal does not come close to fulfilling our promises. It is far too complex, takes too long to explain, and requires multiple disjointed steps, instead of a straight clean path to repeal. It also relies on the audacity of an unelected bureaucrat to tell us, the people’s representatives, what we can and cannot do, rather than the other way around.