months of “repeal and replace” rhetoric, Congress has
finally passed a pitiful little bill designed to eliminate the
Affordable Care Act. To watch Republicans gather in the Rose
Garden to “celebrate” the narrow passage of their
paltry bill, you would have thought that 45 was about to sign
ground-breaking legislation. Instead, changes to the Affordable
Care Act must be ironed out between the House of Representatives
and the Senate. It is unlikely that the Senate will be as quick
to succumb to 45’s pressure in the same way that the House
twenty Republicans had the decency to oppose the flawed
legislation. Meanwhile, groups like the American Medical
Association and the AARP have said the legislation is
unacceptable. It illustrates the odious nature of the 45
Presidency, which is a triumph of predatory capitalism and
exploitation. Poor people lose with this legislation, and so do
people with pre-existing medical conditions. Older people, too,
will lose, but people who earn more than $200,000 a year (or
couples who earn more than $250,000) see their taxes go down by
about 3.8 percent. The 45th President says this plan will lower
premiums and deductibles, and that those who have pre-existing
conditions will not be hurt. The legislation says otherwise.
were silly, but not wrong, to serenade Republicans with “hey,
hey, hey goodbye.” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi
(D-CA) was colorful, but not incorrect, in telling the Republicans
who voted for the legislation will “glow in the dark”.
As New York Democrat Louise Slaughter said, some committed
“political suicide” by voting for the rancid bill.
were so desperate for a victory that they didn’t even wait
for the Congressional Budget Office to analyze the bill and talk
about how much money the bill will cost, and how many people will
lose their health insurance under the legislation. Instead, they
crowded on the White House lawn as if they had something to
celebrate. Their gathering was akin to someone giving a party
because they took, but did not yet pass, a final exam. But 45 and
his cronies were clearly so desperate for any kind of victory that
they reveled in their preliminary celebration.
legislation that passed on Thursday, May 4 is, by most accounts,
worse than the legislation that failed weeks ago. Then the CBO
said that about 24 million people would lose health insurance, and
that premiums would be 15 to 20 percent higher in 2018 and 2019.
The nonsense that was passed on May 4 is likely to create
consequences that are even more severe.
is preliminary to wail, moan, and wring hands this early in the
game. After all, the Senate has to weigh in, and the Senate is
already writing its own legislation. Some say they will take
House concerns into consideration, but others insist that they
will keep their own counsel. Similarly, it is preliminary for 45
and his henchmen to celebrate something that is only the first
step in an arduous process that may take months to complete. What
is worth noting, though, is how pitiful this White House is, how
eager they are to celebrate narrow victories, and how desperate
they are to scrap President Obama’s important health
smiling people in the Rose Garden were, at best, delusional. They
were celebrating the “repeal” of the Affordable Care
Act, and its replacement with a paltry, mean-spirited plan to make
health insurance more difficult to attain. It would have been
useful if, instead, Republicans had joined Democrats to fix those
parts of the Affordable Care Act that can be improved.
Unfortunately, that would mean giving credit to the President
whose vision and foresight provided health insurance to millions
goodness for a process that sometimes seems cumbersome. Now, the
cumbersome process will save us from Republican anti-Obama venom.
These folks were in such a hurry to “repeal and replace”
the Affordable Care Act that they ignored cost, preparation, and
process. They were so eager for a celebration that they weren’t
even clear about what they were celebrating. They are setting
themselves up for 2018, and their small, petty victory may be the
origins of their defeat, if only Democrats have the discipline and
the energy to keep the pressure up.