Leading GOP Senator Admits Republicans Spent Years Conning Millions of Conservatives

Before he was even elected, President Obama’s promise to reform the health care industry brought about some of the most over-the-top sensationalized fear-mongering from Republicans I’ve seen in all my years following politics. From the standard “government takeover of health care,” to the ridiculous notion that there would be death panels and mandatory microchips, we’ve seen the GOP spend eight years lying their asses off while promising that they were going to “repeal and replace the disastrous Obamacare.”

In 2013, we even saw Republicans force our first government shutdown in nearly two decades based on the myth that they had the power to actually repeal the law.

However, after years of misleading their supporters by claiming they could repeal the law even with President Obama in the White House, on January 20, 2017, they’ll finally have the power to do what they’ve spent years saying they were going to do — but knew they never could.

So, one would think that after years and years of promising to “repeal and replace” President Obama’s signature health care law, that Republicans would have a really solid plan to do just that, right? After all, this is something they’ve said they were going to do the very first moment they had the chance to do so. Practically every Republican presidential candidate in both the 2012 and 2016 elections swore to “repeal and replace Obamacare on their first day in office” — even Donald Trump.

Nope, sorry — they’ve got nothing.

You don’t have to believe me. Just ask top Republican Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) who admitted as much to reporters on Tuesday.

“Our goal is to repeal Obamacare, have a transition period, and then replace it,” Alexander said. “And to do that in an orderly, sensible way that helps people and doesn’t hurt them.”

Wait.. what? 

Is that really the chair of the Senate Heath, Labor, education and Pensions Committee — and member of a party that’s promised to “repeal and replace Obamacare” — saying that, just a few weeks away from being able to finally fulfill the promise they’ve spent eight years making to their supporters, they never once came up with a plan on how to actually fulfill that promise?

Yeah, that’s exactly what Sen. Alexander is saying.

In other words, all this talk about “repealing and replacing Obamacare with a plan that makes sense” has been nothing but a giant con. It’s obvious that Republicans never once actually came up with a plan to make good on one of the biggest promises the party had made to conservatives since 2010.

This is a party that’s voted over 60 times, and spent millions of taxpayer dollars, to repeal the ACA knowing that they never had the power to actually accomplish that goal. You mean to tell me that they did all of that, and wasted all of that taxpayer money, yet not one of these clowns ever came up with a plan on what they would do once the law was repealed or how they would replace it?

And conservatives wonder why I show them almost no respect.

How could I possibly respect people who support a party filled with politicians who are such obvious con artists that they don’t even attempt to hide the fact that they treat them like mindless idiots?

The only “plan” I’ve seen from any member of the GOP has been Trump saying he wants to keep two provisions of the law in place, and to “allow people to purchase insurance across state lines” — which will do absolutely nothing to help improve our health care system.

How naive do you have to be to not see through a party that spent years (and wasted millions of taxpayer dollars) promising to do something that a simple social studies class proved they didn’t have the power to do, and now that they’re on the verge of finally having the ability to fulfill that promise — they’ve basically admitted that they never actually came up with a plan to do so?

This is all an absolute joke that proves that, when it comes to fixing our health care system, Republicans don’t know what the heck they’re doing — and they couldn’t care less.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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    Republican opposition to health care reform was never based on anything but protecting the prerogatives of the health insurance industry, and the multi-million dollar salaries of the people who run it. Healthcare outcomes in human terms is an alien concept to Republicans. The Republican plan to replace the ACA is what the Republican plan has always been: Don’t get sick, and if you do, die quickly.

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  • Bruce Burnett

    “Health” care, has absolutely nothing to do with “health”. It has to do, and always has, to line the pockets of the wealthy at the expense of the middle class. It’s like ALL insurance. It’s about making money, not protecting those who pay through the nose to get the coverage. When you get hit at a stop light in your car, by someone from behind, and your insurance company (which you pay hundreds of dollars every year to protect you), that it was 20% YOUR FAULT for being hit, because you “were on the road”, makes you wonder what is insurance for anyway?

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  • Brian

    That’s ok. Trump and Pence already outlined a plan to replace your broken subsidy for insurance companies.

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