For seven years, all we heard from nearly every Republican lawmaker was that they needed control of the House, Senate, and White House in order to do one thing: repeal Obamacare. In 2017, they have exactly what they asked for. What are they doing with it? Working with Democrats to bail out Obamacare.
The spin is that they need to “throw a lifeline” to Americans. What they won’t admit to is that the lifeline is necessary because they (the Democrats) shoved us overboard by pushing Obamacare onto us and their partners (the Republicans) are unwilling to do what it takes to fix this mess despite having the power and the mandate to do so.
Now, they’ll herald this as bipartisanship. According to Washington Times:
“Lasting solutions will need support from both sides of the aisle, and we applaud the bipartisan efforts that have now commenced in both the House and Senate,” they wrote to congressional leaders.
Obamacare has divided Capitol Hill for years, however, so politics could still get in the way.
Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Dean Heller of Nevada are pushing a bill that effectively would let states take the money they’d receive under Obamacare and spend it how they wish.
The White House has expressed interest in the bill as a way to keep repeal-and-replace alive, though lawmakers are waiting on an analysis from the Congressional Budget Office to see whether the plan can gain traction.
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