by Robert Carbery
This is a big day for Republicans in Congress. The GOP is again putting forward The American Health Care Act, the alternative to Obamacare, today in the House of Representatives.
Will this be another embarrassing defeat? Or will the bill be given a chance and sent to the Senate?
Republicans are now confident they have the votes to pass this bill. The Trump administration has put forward confidence as well in the bill, sure that enough are on board. There will be no Democrats backing the bill as there were not Republicans that backed Obama’s Affordable Care Act.
Politics these days…
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy was sure the bill would pass today after leaving Speaker Paul Ryan’s office last night. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, on the other hand, trashed the proposed legislation, saying, “Forcing a vote without a CBO score shows that Republicans are terrified of the public learning the full consequences of their plan to push Americans with pre-existing conditions into the cold.” This, coming from the woman who famously said, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it,” in reference to the last massive healthcare overhaul bill passed through Congress.
Paul Ryan spoke out in favor of the bill on the floor of the House around 11AM West Coast time, stating, “A lot of us have been waiting seven years to cast this vote. Many of us are here because we pledge to cast this very vote.” Republicans have been winning elections during the Obama years on the promise that they would make healthcare great again. Now they have that chance. Will they fumble it?
The GOP passed the bill 217-213 with two not voting at 11:16AM.
The bill now moves on to the Senate where some have expressed skepticism on it passing.
Republicans have successfully put forward their version of an Obamacare replacement at last. Let’s see if the Senate goes along with Ryan’s wishes after putting off the budget battle for now. Trump tweeted out just after Ryan’s floor speech: “If victorious, Republicans will be having a big press conference at the beautiful Rose Garden of the White House immediately after the vote!”
Will Republicans be cheering this supposed success later today and in the elections to come? Or will they be crippled by it as Democrats have over the last seven years?
by Robert Carbery