Repeal and Replace! Repeal and Replace! And the chanting went on and on for 8 years…and it helped the GOP win their last election.
All the while they promised to give the American people a health care plan that would benefit all….and yet they cannot do anything except repeat their tired old chant.
To listen to them for the last 8 years this process was a simple task that would make life better for all Americans.
Boy, were these dudes wrong!
The Senate came up with a plan that crapped on everyone but the wealthy and they could not get the votes to push it down the throats of Americans…..so they did what they always do….postpone….and pray they can find a solution soon….
There will be no vote on Senate Republican’s health care bill this week. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell decided Tuesday to delay a vote on the bill until after the July 4 break, CNN reports. “We’re still working toward getting at least 50 people in a comfortable place,” CBS News quotes McConnell as saying. While he says he’s still “optimistic” about the bill, he wants to make changes to it and get a new Congressional Budget Office score. The bill was estimated to leave 22 million more people without insurance, and five Republican senators had publicly expressed concern with it.
A senior Senate Republican aide tells CNN the plan is to have a new version of the bill ready by the end of the week for senators to mull over during the July 4 recess. “We know what everyone needs,” the aide says. “Now we just need to make it work.” Reuters reports Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer is warning the bill’s opponents that “the fight is not over.” But, he says regardless of the delay Democrats have a good shot at defeating the bill “a week from now, a month from now, a year from now.”
They, the GOP, were good with slogans but their actions suck.
But slogan aside ….what happened?
Straddling a mere two-seat majority in the chamber, McConnell had to beat a hasty retreat after a number of his members indicated that they would not support the Senate’s version of the Obamacare repeal bill, officially called the Better Care Reconciliation Act. The cancellation paralleled an earlier move in March by the House GOP leader Paul Ryan to scuttle a vote doomed to fail.
One person who saw all this coming was former House Speaker John Boehner. Out of Congress since the end of 2015 following a conservative attack on his leadership, Boehner told a high-dollar health care industry conference in February of this year that there was no way that Republicans were going to be able to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act.
“In the 25 years that I served in the United States Congress, Republicans never, ever, one time agreed on what a health care proposal should look like. Not once,” Boehner told attendees, according to a report by Politico’s Darius Tahir.
Secrecy did not work….maybe now a hearing or two and a couple of compromises might help do what you cannot do under the circumstances that they are operating under now.