The healthcare debacle that has transpired in recent months is one of the great failures of the Republican Party after promising for seven years that an alternative to Obamacare was in the works.
Sadly, in the 11th hour, the GOP worked feverishly to craft some semblance of a law that would finally put this issue to rest. But as we have all learned at one point in our lives, procrastination really bites and as American political history has taught us, the Senate is notorious for taking its time.
Fed up and dismayed by the lack of support from Republican senators for the Cassidy-Graham replacement option, House Majority Leader, Kevin McCarthy, laid into the Senate and a few of his GOP colleagues.
From the Washington Examiner:
“Leadership has done all the battle going in there,” McCarthy, R-Calif., told MSNBC of Senate leadership. “To me, it seems one or two individuals wants to hold everything up, and that’s the frustration I’ve had with the history of the Senate, where one individual can hold everything up.”
Republican Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky, John McCain of Arizona, and Susan Collins of Maine all came out against the Graham-Cassidy proposal ahead of an expected vote, and others were skeptical of it.
McCarthy also went to bat for the Trump administration in response to a question regarding a replacement for Tom Price at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and its effect on the future of healthcare reform. Host Hugh Hewitt asked if Trump should “bridge the Susan Collins-Rand Paul gap” at the agency. McCarthy’s response is telling.
“Maybe changing someone in the Senate gets it through the Senate,” he said. “It just seems to become a difficulty over in the Senate not just with healthcare, with so many other items as well.”
“I think they, I would bring the Senate together and not just about healthcare, but start looking at what America needs, and I’d bring maybe an expert in and know how to build a team,” he said of a new leader at the agency.
McCarthy has a point. The willingness to completely undermine the administration’s forward-looking agenda in favor of maintaining the proverbial “good ol’ boys” club has jeopardized the needs of the American people. New blood is most certaintly needed in the Senate.
[Note: This article was written by Zachary Smith]