Pelosi reacts to Obamacare replacement bill with special request


In a turnabout from her perspective leading up to the passage of Obamacare, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is demanding that Republican leaders delay votes on their Affordable Care Act replacement legislation until an analysis of its budget and coverage impacts can be completed.

The philosophy behind Pelosi’s then widely-publicized quote, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what’s in it,” has fallen by the wayside in light of the Monday unveiling of Republicans’ new healthcare proposals.

Members of the Energy and Commerce and the Ways and Means committees plan to mark up the proposals on Wednesday, which is unlikely to allow time for the Congressional Budget Office to calculate its costs beforehand.

Pelosi and the Democrats claim that it is a dereliction to ask lawmakers to vote on such vital legislation without an independent assessment of the budget, coverage, and quality-of-care impacts.

In a Tuesday letter to Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Pelosi requested a delay, citing numerous questions, such as “How will this bill measure up to the Affordable Care Act and current Medicaid law on coverage, quality, and cost? and, “How will it impact Medicare solvency?”

However, no such issues were addressed with Republicans prior to the vote and enactment of Obamacare in 2010.

H/T: The Hill

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