Yesterday Senate Republicans declared self-defeat on the Graham-Cassidy Obamacare replacement after John McCain led an intra-party coup against his pal, Lindsey Graham.
But conservative members of the House are arguing that there’s still plenty of time to repeal Obamacare so long as Congress doesn’t stick to the Senate’s arbitrary self-limits.
Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) pointed out that Democrats have crammed multiple measures into a single bill plenty of times in the past, so why are Republicans limiting themselves to a repeal-only strategy?
It’s an important point.
If the GOP wants to get Dems onboard with a replacement bill, pad the bill with some goodies they can’t vote against.
It’s the ‘art of the deal’, after all.
Here’s more from Daily Signal…
Despite “fake news” claims that Republicans’ chance to repeal and replace Obamacare ends Saturday, that isn’t necessarily true, a conservative House member said Tuesday.
“Go back and look at the name of the Obamacare reconciliation vehicle in 2010,” Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., told reporters during lawmakers’ monthly Conversations With Conservatives event on Capitol Hill, referring to how Democrats pushed through the health care law without a single Republican vote.
Democrats combined education and health care, and “they did student loan reform, they used some of the savings on the Obamacare tweaking that they did,” Massie said.
“So you can absolutely do two things at once. It’s not dead on September 30th,” he said of dismantling Obamacare.
On Saturday, however, time runs out for Senate Republicans to use their current filibuster-blocking budgetary device to pass a bill to replace Obamacare with 50 votes.
Massie also questioned the structure thus far of House and Senate Republicans’ unsuccessful bills to repeal and replace Obamacare, and how they seemed to cater to congressional Democrats, none of whom appears willing to vote for repeal.
“Why is it that every GOP repeal and replace bill includes a trillion-dollar federal health care program?” Massie said. “Who are we negotiating with if [Democrats] are not going to vote for it?”