Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Night of the Living Dead Health Care Bill

The Senate Republican leadership pulled the plug on repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, as too many members of the GOP's Senate caucus have refused to back the Senate bill in any way, shape or form.  Senate Democratic leader Charles Schumer has offered to work with the Republicans to fix the law, but Mitch McConnell, Schumer's Republican counterpart, has decided to schedule a vote to repeal it without replacing it.
Too bad for him that he doesn't have the votes for even that.
Attempts to "reform" health care will go on, but in broad daylight, with hearings, markups, and all those other old-fashioned things that Congress used to be good at.  And the House repeal-and-replace bill is still floating out there.   It looks like the Republicans will have to actually work with the Democrats in - HORRORS! - a bipartisan fashion.
The GOP isn't done decimating the middle class, though.  Wait until the Republican House releases its budget.  It will have more in common with Trump's budget than you think.       

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