Once again the GOP cannot gets its act together when it comes to repealing and replacing Obamacare. Senator Mitch McConnell announced on Tuesday that the Senate will wait until after the July 4 recess to vote on a revised healthcare bill because the most recent draft could not grab the needed support of conservatives.
This means the Senate will have to get something done in the three weeks congress works in July. In August, congress shuts down.
Although lawmakers have discussed working through August, odds are low that it will happen.
If and when a Senate passes a healthcare bill, the bill must then go to the House. In other words, seeing a bill making it to the president’s desk before the winter months is unlikely. By that time Obamacare will barely be breathing.
Why is this happening?
One of the big sticking points is how to deal with the underlying principals of Obamacare. Responsible lawmakers do not want to pass a bill that continues on with the nuances of the Affordable Care Act. “They are not repealing anything, these bills are building around Obamacare and trying to cover over its fundamentals… but you can’t do that, and this is why we are stuck with terrible bills,” said DML during his Walk & Talk on Tuesday. He concluded, “We have to allow Obamacare to die and then replace it with a clean bill. The congress should be working on a bill right now that replaces Obamacare when it collapses.”
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