In case you still weren’t sure about where Republicans stand on the issue of affordable healthcare for Americans, House Speaker Leader John Boehner has stated exactly where it lies on the priority list (from CNN):
As the House of Representatives moved forward with a vote on Wednesday to repeal the health care law, House Speaker John Boehner said there is no set timeline for a vote on an alternative to replace it.
“I don’t know that we need artificial deadlines set up for the committees to act,” Boehner told reporters after the weekly Republican conference meeting, adding that the House will vote to instruct the committees to begin working on a replacement on Thursday. “We expect them to act in an efficient way, allowing all of their members on their committees to be heard, both Democrats and Republicans.”
So, to cut to the chase: Republicans do not have a replacement. They won’t even vote to instruct committee members to start work on a replacement until next week. They have no plan, no structure. In the meantime, they want to do everything they can to dismantle what has already been passed.
Simple analogy – they want to tear the wings off the plane first, then start discussing how to build a parachute.