Despite indications last week that Senate Republicans’ efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act were dead, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell appears intent on forcing the issue to a vote this Tuesday. Accordingly, the vast majority of Senate Republicans are wetting their pens, excited to record their votes in favor of…of….well, something.
As reported by the Wall Street Journal, as of Sunday evening, the measure McConnell plans to put to a vote is missing one critical element: a plan. Incredibly, as of the time of this reporting, Republicans are not sure whether their bill will call for a repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, a simple repeal, or something else entirely.
As reported by the Wall Street Journal: “Senate Republicans are expected to vote as early as Tuesday to begin debate on their sweeping health-care legislation—but they don’t know yet what measure they will be voting on.”
“Some senators said Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., KY) has told them they would know before the vote whether they would be asked to allow debate on some version of a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, or legislation that would repeal the ACA with a two-year expiration date.”
To reiterate: Republicans are blindly lining up in support of a bill that will impact the health care available to hundreds of millions of Americans, without having the slightest idea of how the bill will work. We can only hope that Republicans in Congress will one day soon decide that loyalty to party MUST take a backseat to doing what is right for America.