Congressional Republicans tried to repeal Obamacare countless times during Barack Obama’s administration, only to have all their attempts thwarted.
You’d think with a Republican president in office now, they’d be going after Obamacare non-stop, now that there won’t be a Democrat president to veto their repeal bills. After the victory of Donald Trump, it appeared that would be the case – as we were promised a repeal bill would be on Trump’s desk day one.
Well, that didn’t happen, and after years of being able to craft a repeal and replace plan, the best Paul Ryan could come up with was essentially “Obamacare-lite.” There’s another repeal vote today, but does anyone have any idea about the details of the bill? Thus far, it seems like we’ll have to wait till it’s passed to find out what’s in it. Gee, where have we heard that before?
What we do know however, is that regardless of what the details of the repeal are, Congress won’t have to worry, because, according to The Hill, it appears to still include an item exempting members of Congress and their staffmembers from losing the healthcare bill’s popular provisions.
House GOP leaders worked Wednesday night to fast-track consideration of an amended American Health Care Act without posting the bill text and without a Congressional Budget Office analysis detailing the effects of the latest changes to the legislation.
After Vox reported that the bill appeared to still include the exemption for lawmakers, Rep. Tom MacArthur’s (R-N.J.) office said separate legislation would close that loophole.
The House Rules Committee approved procedural rules Wednesday night to fast-track consideration of both the GOP healthcare bill and the separate measure to address the potential congressional exemption.
Call me crazy, but when those voting on legislation make sure they pay no price for being wrong, shouldn’t we question why that is? Regardless, today’s vote is much more likely to pass than the last (which was dead on arrival), with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) saying that ““We have enough votes, It will pass. It’s a good bill.”
And he’s confident that it’s good enough to the point where everyone voting on it has an escape hatch if it’s not…
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]