House leadership is doing its best to pass Obamacare Lite. It’s an embarrassing bill that’s not supported by healthcare policy experts, conservatives, and moderates, yet Paul Ryan is forging ahead.
How desperate are they getting? They’re taking a page out of Nancy Pelosi’s book. As the Hill reports:
Voter opposition to the Republican healthcare bill is the result of misunderstanding, and lawmakers will be able to “really explain it” once it becomes law, Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) said Thursday.
Collins was responding to a question by MSNBC anchor Brian Williams about whether he was prepared over Congress’s upcoming April recess to hear from constituents who may lose health coverage under the American Health Care Act (AHCA).
“In my district, right now there’s a lot of misunderstanding as to what it is we’re doing,” the Collins said on MSNBC. “And once we get it done, and then we can have the chance to really explain it.”
Then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was famously excoriated by Republicans for her 2010 comments regarding ObamaCare that “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.”
The AHCA has received little support among voters, only 17 percent of whom approve of the measure, according to a recent Quinnipiac poll. The recess, Collins said, would give congressional Republicans the opportunity to explain the measure in greater detail.
This is embarrassing. As we’ve said all along, House Republicans need to grow a spine. Liberals and the mainstream media are going to hammer them no matter waht the do. That’s a green light to pass the most conservative bill policy. Instead, they’re pushing a piddling nothingburger that features many of the same unpopular bugs that made Obamacare a disaster.