Merciful end to GOP’s Obamacare repeal – New York News

We’ve said it before, but the Senate has reached a new low point in a once revered body.

(On the bright side, at least Republicans’ hypocritical invocation of Senate traditions and Constitutional niceties need not be tolerated.)

To the rescue, however, rode two brave women and a war hero stricken with cancer.

Since the healthcare debate got underway, the Republican-controlled Senate has had a fundamental problem: It had no bill it could pass.

We’re not talking about meeting the 60-vote threshold; they had not been able find 50 votes (plus Vice President Mike Pence’s tiebreaker) for any version of repeal and replace.

So they hit upon the idea of passing an atrocious bill that would repeal the individual mandate, dumps 15 million people off healthcare insurance and raises premiums 20 percent.

Then the kicker, as The Post reported Thursday:

“In other words, millions more people wouldn’t have insurance, and it’d be more expensive for everybody else.

It’s no wonder, then, that even the Republicans who are voting for this bill don’t want it to become law.

Sen. Lindsey O. Graham, R-S.C., called it a ‘disaster’ and a ‘fraud.’ Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., said ‘the only possible problem’ with it is that the House might vote for it too.

And Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., wants a guarantee that the House won’t turn around and pass it.”

Three senators actually held a press conference to say they’d vote for it – but only if they got an ironclad guarantee the House wouldn’t pass it.

That’s right: They would only pass something they hate in order to kick the can down the road, with…


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