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Republicans, obsessed with gutting Obamacare, other social programs: that's called committing political suicide

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If the Republicans don't come to their senses and back off their stated intention of repealing Obamacare, without an effective replacement plan, and a sizable portion of the 22 million Americans currently enrolled either lose their coverage or suffer in some other way, Republicans better start writing their political obituaries.

Americans watch as Republicans assume full control of Congress and the bizarre Trump juggernaut gets underway. They are very wary and concerned about what they have seen and heard so far and are fearful of what may happen next. Many have this feeling of dread while others possess a growing anger and frustration.

The repeal and replacement of the ACA, the Affordable Care Act, has become the centerpiece of the Republican agenda. What is truly troubling is how the Republicans are going about trying to advance this legislation. This process has just started and in no time at all it is generating a huge controversy that has the potential for igniting a firestorm of objections across America.

This is not some small, inconsequential issue; it is of monumental importance to some 22 million Americans. Sure, the ACA has its faults but they can be fixed and there is no need to dismantle it and replace it with some hastily worked out program whereby millions of Americans would stand to lose their coverage.

Much smarter politicians would not be talking about repealing the ACA; they would simply take the program, Keep all the effective, successful portions of it, and address the areas where it is deficient and ineffective; study what's involved, involve medical experts, and then test it in many ways before implementing the changes. They could change the name, Obamacare, if they felt it was necessary.

No, these aren't the smartest politicians, they are Republicans who are not known for building and creating. The thought of fixing and repairing this health care legislation probably never entered their minds since they are so fixated on destroying a program they previously fought so hard to prevent and failed. That sticks in their craws.

Paul Ryan, probably the worst Speaker of the House in modern history, a sociopath of the highest order, is against almost every government program that helps Americans in need. Here's an article that shows his twisted plans to defund Medicaid which will destroy medical coverage for many millions of Americans; how craven and cowardly can this guy be?

Right now most of those staunch Trump disciples are still strongly backing him but it won't be long before they ask themselves: "What in the world have we done? This is not what we thought Trump would do when he said he would change everything that is wrong in Washington and then do what is right for the American people." And when they realize that they have been betrayed and sucked in by Trump, and they become more and more disillusioned, they will become prime targets for the Democrats and independents for recruitment into their ranks.

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