Something that upset many in how Obamacare was passed in 2009 were the many sleazy tricks Democrats used to jam it through. Among them, Democrats took advantage of every technicality in the congressional rulebook and offered what amounted to bribes in the form of state projects to senators in order to pass the Affordable Care Act.
Now, Republicans, who want to pass the American Health Care Act—or what critics call “Obamacare-lite,” are doing their best to out-sleaze Democrats.
The Washington Examiner’s T. Becket Adams summed up what Republicans are doing.
The AHCA has only been in existence for three weeks, and House Republicans are trying to ram it through Congress with as little debate as possible. The Hill notes that Republicans have not even had time to read the bill.
“Have you read the bill? Have you read the reconciliation bill? Have you read the manager’s amendment? Hell no, you haven’t!”
Seven years later, Democrats could easily turn those words around on Republicans for the strategy they’re using to repeal and replace the same law Boehner railed against.
House Republicans are moving forward with a vote Friday on their ObamaCare replacement bill even after making significant changes the night before and without a Congressional Budget Office analysis of those changes.
“We haven’t seen the final bill and won’t have a @USCBO score on the latest version before a vote,” Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.) tweeted Thursday night. “This is not regular order, @SpeakerRyan.”
On Thursday, Republicans approved a rule to fast track the revised version of the AHCA to come to the floor without a CBO score. The only six Republicans to oppose it were Reps. Justin Amash, Mo Brooks, Louis Gohmert, Thomas Massie, Walter Jones and David Young.
Republicans are also unwilling to debate the merits of the bill, that some argue is worse than Obamacare. Contrast that with Democrats who were at least willing to defend the merits of the Affordable Care Act at the time.
Obamacare has forced Americans into expensive health insurance plans that are, in many cases, inferior to what was offered before, but many Democrats probably genuinely thought they were making American healthcare better.
Right now, Republican leadership doesn’t even want a fair and honest debate on the American Health Care Act.
What are they trying to hide?