As the vote to repeal and replace Obamacare comes down to the wire, there is a good possibility that the effort - almost 8 years n the making - will fail. Pres. Trump says if it does he will move on to another agenda item.
This failure would be unconscionable and it would be attributed, in part, to one major point: Republicans, like Democrats and Progressives, are not listening to their constituents and, instead, navigating their votes by way of their person political ideology.
An overwhelming majority of Americans, in almost every congressional district and in every state, has protested Obamacare - and especially the mandate to purchase health insurance. Yet, for political reasons, Republicans have sought to replace this wholly unconstitutional law with another form of government intervention instead of simply repealing the law like constituents have demanded.
This, in part, stems from the inside-the-beltway mentality that there has to be a "comprehensive" effort to every issue. There does not. The goal of this election, in part, was to repeal Obamacare. That needs to be done if everything else about the Trump healthcare insurance initiative fails.
But Republicans are screwing the pooch on this moment in time; the opportunity, because they have lost their laser focus on the one thing We the People have demanded our elected representatives do: repeal Obamacare.
If the current effort fails, Republicans most immediately - immediately - repeal Obamacare in total. Then they can eliminate laws and regulations that prohibit the purchase of health insurance over state lines, which would create competition and reduce costs. Then they can then work on safety-net, politically-based, social programs in an effort to improve their electability, although I see no constitutional authority for government intervention into the private sector.
To wit, it was government intervention in laws and regulations that prohibited purchasing health insurance over state lines that caused this problem in the first place.