In the latest failing to repeal and replace Obamacare, we saw Washington in all of its dysfunctional glory.

For seven years Republicans campaigned and fought against Obamacare. At election rallies it was pointed at and called awful, a disaster and a train wreck. Obamacare, quite simply, was something that had to be replaced for the future prosperity of our country.  It was that important they said.

But once the election was over and the dust settled – it quickly became obvious that our experienced politicians had spent all their time complaining about Obamacare and no time figuring out how to replace it with a better plan.

It seems to me that the only thing experience is good for in Washington is knowing the right things to say to get you elected again. It’s time congress stopped worrying about their own necks and started worrying about ours.

Right now, because we have control of congress and the White House, we as Republicans have the rare opportunity to make some very significant and positive changes. But we are blowing it.

Healthcare is a very important and complex issue in our country and it’s an issue that is increasingly becoming a problem – particularly for the middle class who is currently incurring skyrocketing premiums. Make no mistake about it, Obamacare is in trouble.

But such a problem cannot be solved quickly. It is clear that no solutions had been found or researched in the last seven years of complaining – so it’s time to go back to the drawing board while we can.

I challenge the House and the Senate to each not give up and to start the discussion again. But this time, make a more substantive effort. Ask for educated input. Research for answers. Even reach across the aisle for help.  There may be some small concessions – but at least there will be action.

Do it efficiently and urgently but do not under any circumstances bring it back to the floor for a vote until we have determined the best possible solution to fixing Obamacare.

In the end, I believe that people will respect action more than they will respect words. Experienced politicians worrying about getting reelected can talk and point all they want – but when it comes election time – voters are going to remember the action not the talk.

  1. Leslie Robertson says:

    Andrew, I am a Democrat but know you well and appreciate your common sense, willingness to understand others’ needs and compassion. If you are elected, please help your fellow Republicans understand the need for affordable healthcare not just the current talking point of having access. If you can’t afford the coverage, having access to healthcare doesn’t solve the problem. Please help me, I have to buy insurance on the individual market, and other Americans have what other industrialized countries provide to their citizens – Healthcare for all.

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