Maybe they should have taken the time to read the damn bill instead of trying to make their party leader happy by putting their jobs on the line?
Wait to the CBO writeup comes in and they go home….
Republicans are excited about repealing Obamacare. They are not as excited about their legislation that will do it.
The House passed the American Health Care Act on Thursday afternoon by a razor-thin margin of 217-213 after Speaker Paul Ryan and his deputies engaged in an aggressive whipping operation, with President Donald Trump working the phones to move fellow Republicans into the “yes” category.
But Republicans have been saying this particular bill was set to pass because it’s a now-or-never situation — especially after the embarrassing collapse of the first effort in March — and they’re been finding solace in the idea that the legislation won’t be the final product anyway.
Rep. Luke Messer, an Indiana Republican, called it a “green flag” and a “start.”
Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) also pushed the idea that Republicans just need to pull the trigger on this bill because it will change. “This thing is going to go to the United States Senate. It’s going to change in my view,” he said on NPR. “At some point you just have to move, and we think this is it. This will create some momentum.”
“We like the fact that it needs to be repealed,” said Scott Reed, chief strategist at the Chamber of Commerce, when asked whether they support the legislation. “… We need to move the process forward.”
In many ways, Republicans appear to be operating in the dark about the AHCA. There have been very few hearings. The full bill text was only unveiled hours before the vote. The Congressional Budget Office didn’t have time to finish its study of the legislation. White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Wednesday it is “literally impossible” to judge the impact of the bill. For his part, Trump, in interviews and conversations with associates, has seemed to care little about what the legislation says….
And then there is this guy….
After admitting to CNN that he did not read the House bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) told to the Buffalo News that he was unaware that the bill would nix funding for a health care program in New York.
When a reporter for the Buffalo News told Collins that the American Health Care Act would eliminate funding for an optional program adopted only by New York and Minnesota called the Essential Plan, Collins replied, “Explain that to me.”
Asked again if he was aware of that funding cut, Collins told the Buffalo News, “No. But it doesn’t surprise me for you to tell me that there were two states in the nation that were taking advantage of some other waiver program and New York was one of the two states.”
The AHCA would nix the Essential Plan option, which provides New York with $3 billion annually for a program that offers benefits for low-income residents who do not qualify for Medicaid….
We ALL understand that Donald Trump ain’t too smart when it comes to this…(He said the Repal is done yesterday ….He doesn’t seem to know that yesterday’s vote did NOTHING..and that the Senate isn’t gonna use the House bill)…But it looks like Trumpism is actually spreading to other Republicans who should know better?
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