Former senator predicts repeal of Obamacare ‘unlikely’

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Despite the fact that Republicans are in control of every branch of the government, former Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) said on Thursday that it’s “unlikely” the House and Senate will be able to successfully repeal Obamacare.

Speaking in Denver, Colorado before the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), DeMint said, “We have accomplished little more than to slow the growth of spending, slow the growth of debt, slow the growth of regulations. It’s very unlikely, after all the promises, that we’re going to repeal Obamacare and eliminate the federal control of health care.”

ALEC is a longstanding think tank that helps state legislators write libertarian-leaning policies, and they weren’t surprised by DeMint’s comments. Medicaid reform, tax reform and even Trump’s school voucher program, which was squelched last week, have all been put off by the Republicans.

DeMint told the crowd that it was “no longer possible for the federal government to avoid a disaster,” according to a report from The Washington Post.

“So many look to Washington to make America great again,” DeMint told the group, adding, “Washington cannot do it and it will not do it.”

DeMint and other speakers said that it’s time to start a convention of the states and begin the process of amending the constitution, known as Article V, before Democrats regain control of state legislatures.

“There are some positive indications that the Republican control at the state level could be expanded,” DeMint said. “But if Trump continues to be stymied, the dynamic could change. So we’ve got to be prepared for both scenarios.”

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