The GOP’s fear of Medicare or Social Security is driving the way people get health care, according to an editorial in The Hill.
“In the age of Trump, a Republican Party that is increasingly concerned with Medicare and Medicaid has emerged,” the editorial reads.
“It is a party that has moved to the right on the issue of entitlements, as well as on the question of taxation of the middle class.
It has taken on the theme of protecting Medicare and the social safety net, and has not been able to come to grips with the fact that the health care system is in such bad shape that many people are simply not going to be able to afford to buy coverage.”
The editorial is one of many from the right that highlight the fact Republicans are struggling to find a path forward to overhaul the health-care system.
“The GOP is in deep trouble in 2018,” the article continues.
“Its agenda is dead on arrival, its agenda is a farce, and it has no viable alternative.”
In addition to the Republican Party’s problems with health care and taxes, many Republicans are also struggling with the idea of what they think is the most important issue in American politics.
“Obamacare is not a success.
It’s not working,” the Republican National Committee said in its own editorial on Monday.
“Republicans can do better.
They can get serious about fixing our broken health-insurance system.”
“If the Democrats win, the Republicans will not be able or willing to compromise, and the country will go back to the status quo,” the RNC continued.
“We must stand with the American people and the Republicans, who must work together to fix this mess.”
In response to the GOP’s apparent inability to find consensus on health care reform, many GOP politicians have taken to Twitter to express their dissatisfaction with the party’s direction.
The Hill article was written by Jonathan Swan, a senior editor at The Hill, and was originally published on March 2, 2018.