Senator Tim Scott (R-S.C.) took to his social media account Tuesday to explain why it was so difficult to repeal and replace Obamacare after a stinging defeat for the Republican effort in the Senate. He said that any government entitlement is hard to repeal once implemented.
"When I was elected to Congress in 2010," he tweeted, "along [with a] record-breaking Freshman class, the major platform was repealing [Obamacare, and] the national debt."
1.When I was elected to Congress in 2010–along w/a record-breaking Freshman class,the major platform was repealing the ACA&the national debt— Tim Scott (@Tim Scott)1500404221.0
2. The debt continues to grow, and the ACA is not getting any better. The former isn’t helped by the latter.— Tim Scott (@Tim Scott)1500404242.0
3. In South Carolina, we’re down to one insurer offering plans on the exchanges.We’re seeing triple digit premium hikes,sky high deductibles— Tim Scott (@Tim Scott)1500404300.0
4. Millions are paying for insurance they don’t want. In SC, more than 100,000 stuck without an option— Tim Scott (@Tim Scott)1500404320.0
"Not everyone got to keep their doctors, and they weren’t able to keep their plans," he said. "These are facts – you can’t argue with them. And that’s not how our health care system should work."
"Two things happened along the way to where we stand today," he continued.
8. The ACA went into effect, and – “A government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth” (Reagan)— Tim Scott (@Tim Scott)1500404393.0
9. No matter how badly the program serves (or doesn’t serve) the people – replacing an entitlement is hard— Tim Scott (@Tim Scott)1500404414.0
10. And two – along the way we stopped fighting the policy, and started fighting the people behind it— Tim Scott (@Tim Scott)1500404431.0
11. We’ve got to realize that our pattern should not be disagree and destroy, but rather disagree and solve— Tim Scott (@Tim Scott)1500404463.0
"So that’s where we stand today. A bad program that has grown deep roots, and a bitterly divided political culture," he explained.
"I remain committed to repealing the ACA and replacing it with a system that works for all families. The ACA is not sustainable, and hasn’t been from the beginning. Its foundation was built on certain groups that never signed up."
15. Its price tag grew and grew from the billions into the trillions, and finally scoring agencies just gave up— Tim Scott (@Tim Scott)1500404523.0
"You can’t just put your head in the sand and ignore those facts and hope that it lives forever," he added. "But here’s what I’m not doing – I’m not going to impugn the intentions of people who disagree. I truly believe we all want what’s best for our nation and her people. To me, that’s finding a better solution than the ACA provides."
"I’m not going to give up on repealing the Unaffordable Care Act," he concluded. "American families deserve better."
20. I’m also not going to stop looking for a solution – giving up isn’t what we were sent here to do.— Tim Scott (@Tim Scott)1500404599.0
The Obamacare repeal and replace bill from the Senate Republicans failed after too many senators said they would not support it. Some have indicated they intend to vote on a clean repeal of Obamacare next.