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House Passes Trumpcare Giving the GOP A Mixed Future

Category: Health Care
Posted: 05/04/17 14:47

by Dave Mindeman

OK - the Republican House has voted to repeal and replace Obamacare. That has a number of ramifications.

First, it sends it to the Senate and the Senators will now have to be on the record with this as well...unless they bury it somehow.

Second, Democrats have the GOPers on the record. They have a vote that they must explain. Erik Paulsen had to get off the fence in order for this to pass, and it may be a sign off for his defeat in 2018.

Third, the bill now has to be officially scored by the CBO. That will be bad optics. The bill stays in the news for probably most of the summer, and we will continue to learn more about its shortcomings.

Fourth, although this is a method to fulfill a promise to their base, it will alienate independents and motivate Democrats.

Fifth, the bill clearly shows that there are divided factions within their own party which will continue to make it difficult to govern.

This bill is not law. This bill has a long way to go to be law. As the debate rages, the voters will make their judgments. Trump will put this on a win list, but it will also work against him in other ways.

When Nancy Pelosi held her pre-vote press conference, she almost looked happy. She knows this will be a potent issue in 2018 and that the healthcare responsibility has now officially landed into the GOP court. Pelosi knows how that feels and she is more than willing to be on the opposition side this time.

This is one of those, be careful what you wish for, moments....bigly.
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