Senator Tom Cotton: Trumpcare Can’t Pass the Senate
I discussed in my last piece how GOPer Greg Walden of Oregon was whining when the Democrats pointed out that the GOP criticized Obama and Nancy Pelosi for moving too fast-and that took over a year.
Walden replied peevishly: ‘That was seven years ago.’ This from the party of Originalism. Yet you can’t mention something that happened more than a few days ago.
This morning the House GOP got over the first hurdle in Trumpcare.
“A key committee in the House approved a Republican proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act before dawn Thursday morning after roughly 18 hours of debate, awarding the bill its first procedural victory even as opposition mounted from conservatives, Democrats and health-care industry groups.”
“The House Ways and Means Committee voted 23 to 16 to advance the American Health Care Act shortly before 4:30 a.m. Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Tex.) called the move historic and praised President Trump, who has vowed to counter resistance to the bill with his own campaign-style effort.”
Ok, fine, but where do they go from here?
“Thursday’s early vote showed that Ryan and other Republican House leaders are resolved to press ahead. Yet the proposal met a new round of GOP resistance in the Senate on Thursday morning when Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) wrote on Twitter that the House should “start over.”
“House health-care bill can’t pass Senate w/o major changes. To my friends in House: pause, start over,” Cotton wrote from his political account, rather than his official one. “Get it right, don’t get it fast.”
“Cotton has been an outspoken critic of the swift pace at which House Republicans are moving ahead with their legislation. He also held a town hall recently that grew heated amid impassioned questions by constituents deeply concerned about changes to the ACA.”
“The uninsured rate in Arkansas has dropped more dramatically than in any state other than Kentucky from 2013 to 2016 according to Gallup.”
“GOP shouldn’t act like Dems did in O’care,” Cotton wrote in a second tweet. “No excuse to release bill Mon night, start voting Wed. With no budget estimate!”
In another tweet, he wrote: “What matters in long run is better, more affordable health care for Americans, NOT House leaders’ arbitrary legislative calendar.”
So Cotton is in the quandary that as a Republican he’s supposed to want to end Obamacare but the people of his state are actually doing very well.
The real dilemma for Trumpcare is that right now it doesn’t please either the conservatives or the moderates.
1. The conservatives don’t want it to increase the deficit
2. The moderates don’t want it to increase the rate of the uninsured.
Trumpcare does both. Have I mentioned that Trump really hates when you call Trumpcare, Trumpacare?
Here’s an alternative: Die in the Streetscare.
But the House GOP is doing everything they accused the Democrats of doing on Obamacare and more. The Democrats never tried to hide the CBO score.
Speaking of which, Mitch McConnell:
"I think we need to know that," Senate Majority Leader says at @politico event about the CBO score for Obamacare replacement.
— Byron Tau (@ByronTau) March 9, 2017
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