Tuesday, July 25, 2017
As expected by virtue of McCain’s 50th vote and Pence’s tie breaker the Republicans placed the AHCA (House Bill) on the floor for debate, amendments, and possible votes on altered bills. Tuesday’s Washington Post noted:
“At least two of the votes (were) expected to be largely for show, as the measures at stake are expected to be defeated. The first will be on an altered version of the Senate GOP bill to repeal and replace the law, which will include proposals from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), a conservative, and Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), a moderate. That vote also will be subject to a 60-vote threshold, and is not expected to pass. Later, senators will move onto an attempt to repeal the law, which as of last week lacked enough Republican support to succeed. (Vote failed Tuesday night)
The “skinny repeal” option would repeal the ACA’s mandates that individuals buy plans and that employers with 50 or more employees provide coverage, said lobbyists and Senate aides, as well as eliminate the law’s tax on medical device manufacturers”
At least some action is taking place even if it could be meaningless.
More interesting is this smattering of the political cartoons: