Letter to the editor: Numbers don’t add up for Republicans

Some basic math:
7: Number of years Republicans had to write a health care bill instead of just moving their lips.
60: Approximate attempts by GOP to cripple or repeal Obamacare during those years.
237: Current number of GOP Representatives in the House (majority).
52: Current number of GOP Senators (majority).
1: Current GOP President, who who ran a campaign with the pillar of repeal and replace immediately. (2/9/2016 Trump tweet – “We will immediately repeal and replace ObamaCare – and nobody can do that like me. We will save $’s and have much better healthcare!”)
Endless: The number of times the GOP promised Americans that Republicans would unveil a plan for “a more affordable, higher-quality, patient-centered system.” (Reality check: “In the 25 years that I served in the United States Congress, Republicans never, ever, one time agreed on what a health care proposal should look like. Not once.” – John Boehner)
Myriad: The number of times the GOP has broken their promise to deliver a health care plan. This includes the promise that all the GOP needed to succeed was a Republican in the White House (“We have now shown that there is a clear path to repealing Obamacare without 60 votes in the Senate. So, next year, if we’re sending this bill to a REPUBLICAN president, it will get signed into law.” (Paul Ryan, January, 2016)
Immeasurable: The time and energy wasted by Congress on a “plan” that never existed; energy and time that should have been spent dealing with the deficit, infrastructure, tax reform and the betterment of life for all Americans.
The final sum: Well, let’s just use another tweet from Trump dating back to 2013, to describe the Republicans attempting to “fix” health care: “Just shows that you can have all the cards and lose if you don’t know what you’re doing.”

Patricia Shanholtzer
Sun City West

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