As the American Health Care Act moves towards a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives on Thursday it remains a hugely unpopular bill. Despite tweaks to the initial draft of the bill to appease Republican opponents of the legislation and the appeals of President Trump the fate of this Obamacare replacement remains in doubt.
In fact, as the vote draws closer the bill actually be losing appeal.
The vast majority of analysis on this legislation concludes that the bill is deeply flawed. With the changes imposed some have noted this effort to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act amounts to little more than a tax cut and Medicaid reform. It neither repeals nor replaces.
The vote on Thursday has essentially become a vote of politics versus policy.
Thereby, the question becomes, exactly what is the benefit of change for the sake of change? What is the cost of not immediately upholding a promise to repeal Obamacare when keeping that promise tangibly harms your voters? What happens when party unity is forced in the name of legislation which most agree is not worth the effort?
Absent immediate and satisfactory answers to such questions, I will instead leave with you a breviloquent, yet informative, synopsis of the decision at hand courtesy of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.
versus the American Health Care Act:
Healthcare or party loyalty? Partisanship or voters? Politics or policy?
Of course, the answers to all of these questions as well as any potential support for the American Health Care Act currently and moving forward, among Congress and the American people, may depend at least partially on something else:
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