Welcome to our (near-) daily look at the foibles and misadventures of the US Congress! In order to fight back, it’s essential to know how the radical forces at work in DC are diverting attention from the issues that really matter.
The long-awaited Republican healthcare legislation finally emerged this week.
After years of chest-thumping and finger-wagging over the Affordable Health Care Act, also known as Obamacare, the GOP had no choice but to follow through with its promise to repeal Obama’s legacy policy.
In January, Trump absurdly promised that there would be “insurance for everybody” under his administration. At a recent town hall in West Virginia, a Trump supporter tragically explained to MSNBC host Chris Hayes and Bernie Sanders that he expected Trump to follow through with his promise. He – along with millions of other voters lied to by Trump and his congressional allies – is in for a rude awakening.
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a bombshell report on the American Healthcare Act – the title Republicans have given their arbitrary legislation – that shows that as many as 24 million Americans could lose coverage by 2026. House Speaker Paul Ryan calls it an act of “mercy.”
As Vox helpfully explains, the bill makes very little sense. It is, essentially, a worse version of Obamacare. Republicans appear to be doing something just for the sake of doing it. Well, and to give a massive tax break to the wealthiest.
The House bill is embarrassingly bad, and conservative lawmakers in the Senate have already indicated that changes must be made as it has virtually no chance of passing. A lot of squandered time to ruin people’s lives.