Thursday, January 12, 2017

In The Dead Of The Night

Via the Washington Post:

The Senate voted 51 to 48 early Thursday morning to approve a budget resolution instructing House and Senate committees to begin work on legislation to repeal major portions of the Affordable Care Act. The House is expected to take up the legislation Friday.

Senate Democrats made a late-night show of resistance against gutting the Affordable Care Act by forcing Republicans to take politically charged votes against protecting Medicare, Medicaid and other health-care programs. The measure narrowly passed without the support of any Democrats.

The hours-long act of protest culminated in the early hours of Thursday when Democrats made a dramatic display of rising to speak out against the repeal measure as they cast their votes. The Democrats continued to record their opposition over their objections of Senate Republicans.

“Because there is no replace, I vote no,” said Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) as she delivered her vote.

Here’s the nightmare scenario I see playing out: The Republicans whoop through a repeal of Obamacare much to the delight of their constituents who have railed against “socialism” for the last eight years.  Then they can’t figure out how to replace it because, well, the only way to do that is to put in place what they took out and just call it something else.  Fine.  But in the meantime you will have several million people who once had insurance going without and then people start to get sick without it or have no way to pay for the medical care they need and then the bills — and the bodies — start to pile up.

But hey, they got a cool hat that says Make America Great Again.

8 barks and woofs on “In The Dead Of The Night

  1. There is a gent over at Balloon Juice who covers the insurance angle, and his posts have been most enlightening. Republicans in Congress are now learning what a tangled contraption insurance is. The insurers and hospitals are letting them know loud and clear what a train wreck they’d create if they repeal without a viable replacement. Personally, I don’t see anything viable coming from the Republicans – tax credits and health spending accounts only work for people who have money, which a lot of red state voters don’t have.

    • Yes, Richard Mayhew has been most informative. A lot of people think “repeal and replace” is as simple as changing a light bulb. It’s more like trying to take out the bottom piece in a Jenga puzzle without it tipping over.

      • How many Republicans does it take to replace a health care system? I don’t know, it’s never happened.

  2. An interview with a passionate Trump supporter revealed how much these folks know about what they’ve wished for. He said he was happy the Republicans were going to get rid of Obamacare, but damned if he’d let them fiddle with his ACA.

  3. The Republicans have been against the ACA since it was first enacted in 2010. They have had numerous useless votes to repeal it. Now they can repeal it; replace it not so much. They have cried loud a clear their intention to “repeal and replace.” As Faithful Correspondent point out people bought that phrase lock, stock and barrel without a clue what this would mean to them.

    So why is it that in the last 16 years have they not come up with a replacement plan? Well it’s because winning elections with catchy phrases is more important to them than governing.

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