It’s as if it isn’t a very Good Bill…
…and that maybe the GOP leadership is showing their lack of seriousness or something.
Senators Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas declared on Monday night that they would oppose the Senate Republican bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, killing for now a seven-year-old promise to overturn President Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement.
The announcement by the senators, both Republicans, left their leaders two votes short of the necessary tally to begin debate on their bill to dismantle the health law. Two other Republican senators, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Susan Collins of Maine, had already said they would not support a procedural step to begin debate.
With four solid votes against the bill, Republican leaders were faced with two options: go back and try to rewrite the bill in a way that could secure 50 Republican votes, a seeming impossibility at this point, or do as Senator Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, had promised and team with Democrats to draft a narrower, bipartisan measure to fix the flaws in the Affordable Care Act that both parties acknowledge.
And note: my noting the lack of competence here is not about ideology or partisanship, as the “repeal and replace” mantra has been demonstrated to be utterly empty. even from a conservative point of view (however defined). Now, if the only goal is cutting Medicare and taxes for the extremely wealthy, then the bill has some coherence. However, if the goal is to address cost, coverage, or quality of health care in the US, not so much.