The Republican Party begged for the chance to take power so that they could "repeal Obamacare." They asked for both houses of Congress and the Oval Office and the American voters delivered each. Now they are failing the American people by reneging on their promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the chief promise that brought them to power.
Let's all remember that the campaign promises, made by each and every Republican, were to "repeal" Obamacare. Only when it became politically opportune did those promises morph into "repeal and replace," rhetoric meant to cater to the wobbly middle during a General Election cycle.
And just like that, Republicans, as they always do, fell into the Democrat/Progressive trap of a behemoth legislation. They fall into it all the time, be it legislation about immigration (the marriage of border security and immigration reform) or taxes (the marriage of tax reform to entitlement spending). They have created the illusion that the repeal of Obamacare must be in tandem with a replacement to the government entitlement program, and chicken sh*t Republicans -- like Susan Collins (R-ME), and Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV) -- are buying it.
Democrats will never -- never -- come to the negotiating table on the issue of healthcare if they don't have a reason. They will allow Republicans to spin their wheels with a replacement bill only to watch them end in failure.
The only way to force Democrats to the table is to repeal Obamacare as a stand alone measure. That done, Republicans must win the messaging war to force the narrative that it is Democrats who refuse to come to the table to help those disenfranchised by the failed Obamacare experience. Then -- and only then -- will Democrats enjoin in ingenuous negotiations and debate.
Make no mistake. The only avenue here is to repeal Obamacare as a stand alone move. Then the issue of what to do can be addressed sand the political bullsh*t. If Republicans -- are you hearing me Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan -- do not simply repeal this law, the GOP is going to get crushed in the mid-terms and the American people will be stuck with socialized medicine for all time.