Having hidden the details as long as he could, Mitch McConnell has finally revealed his
tax cut health care bill. Contrary to the expectations originally set, the bill turns out to be the House’s brutal bill with a few of the edges sanded down (for example, it stretches the phase-out of Medicaid out a few extra years, the better to evade immediate electoral repercussions) and not a complete re-write. Needless to say, it retains all of the tax cuts for America’s most comfortable.
- Senate GOP leaders unveil health-care bill – The Washington Post
- Republicans’ Obamacare repeal would be one of the biggest cuts to the welfare state in history – The Washington Post
- Senate health care bill 2017 Obamacare changes – Washington Post
- Senate Health Care Bill Includes Deep Cuts to Medicaid – The New York Times
- How Senate Republicans Plan to Dismantle Obamacare – The New York Times
Senator McConnell intends to force a vote on the bill next week. Right. Before senators have had any time to study the bill, before the CBO has had time to score it (or will the CBO grind out a quick analysis over the weekend?), before senators have been home to hear from their constituents, etc. And of course, without a single committee hearing or any public comment. The faster they vote on it the less time there is for consideration or feedback.
Remember 2009? Contrary to the spin we are hearing from the GOP, passage of Obamacare featured months of congressional debate and hearings, multiple CBO evaluations, voluminous public comment and entreaties to bipartisan participation. No, this cynical secret process is unprecedented in modern times.
- The Secret Republican Health Care Bill Is an Affront to Enlightenment Values | New Republic
- Here’s proof that the secret Republican “health care” bill is really a millionaire tax cut bill. | New Republic
- Sorry, folks. The GOP’s devious strategy for ramming Trumpcare through is working. – The Washington Post
- The Republican Party’s Contempt for Truth | New Republic
- Trumpcare Might Pass, But Conservative Health Care Is Dead
- Zombies, Vampires and Republicans – The New York Times
The question now is, will there turn out to be at least three GOP senators possessing the moral sense to say “No” to throwing 20-plus million Americans out from under the health care umbrella? I keep (naively?) thinking that surely there are people of conscience somewhere in the GOP. Surely when it comes to this level of cruelty some of them will step back from the brink.