Democracy is messy. Good!

By Tom Quiner

I am loving the way Republicans are wrangling over the repeal and replace of Obamacare.

It is messy. And it’s hard.

The MSM is delighting at the seeming discord and gravely proclaim the death of the Republican Party if they fail.

They won’t.

This is the way democracy works. It will probably get even uglier before the week is over, but I predict the bill will pass in the House tomorrow and move on to the Senate.

As I type, the House is considering last minute changes to their bill which will secure more conservative votes by expunging even more unnecessary regulations from their legislation, without (hopefully) running afoul of the reconciliation hurdles the law will face in the Senate.

Yes, this legislation is critical to the Republican agenda. I predict they get it done.


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  1. Art Chartier on March 23, 2017 at 7:12 am

    What bothers me is that for all their talk over the last 8 years about “repealing and replacing Obamacare,” they apparently never had a serious plan in place. It was all a scam to deceive their voters. And I ask myself why?

    The answer, I think, is that they never expected to win the presidency in 2016 no matter whom the nominee was. As far as the primaries were concerned, they were all trying to buy influence… but not to win.

    This is not about Trump, they expected to lose before he ever came on the scene. All they cared about was conning the voters into re-electing them. Sad!

    • quinersdiner on March 23, 2017 at 10:01 am

      I’m not totally with you on this one, Art, although I am with you partially. I don’t think they expected Trump to win. However, the Paul Ryan “Better Way” plan was published during the campaign. A plan WAS in place. Now it is being debated by the Congress, and I consider it, by and large, to be an honorable debate, and a practical, if imperfect, plan. I predict Republicans get it done, as phase one of repairing a health care system ravaged by Obamacare. Phase two and three will take more time. It is politically impossible, I believe, to do everything at once since Republicans lack 60 votes in the Senate. Thanks for weighing in. Good to hear from you.

      • Art Chartier on March 23, 2017 at 10:14 am

        I think the problem with Ryan’s “Better Way” was that it was Ryan’s and, apparently, was not “owned” by the rest of the GOP. They let him do his thing and never seriously had to consider its implications.

        Anyhow, I do agree that they’ll make a deal. Anything less will be political suicide.

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