Paul Ryan’s healthcare bill was promoted in a way that sounds familiar and indicates the promoters should be called Pelosi Republicans.
Pelosi Republicans? What does that mean?
One of Nancy Pelosi’s most famous statements comes from when she was pushing for the so-called “Affordable Care Act.” She said we must pass Obamacare so we can know what’s in it.
Republicans, rightfully, pounced on her for that statement. Now it’s their turn. Notice what Stephen Hayes observes about 43 seconds in the interview below.
Yes, the Pelosi Republicans were acting in ways that are “strikingly reminiscent” of how the Democrats got Obamacare passed. Thankfully, there weren’t enough of them to pass the bill. The Hill agrees with Hayes:
Have you read the bill? Have you read the reconciliation bill? Have you read the manager’s amendment? Hell no, you haven’t!”
That was then-House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) in 2010 in the heat of the debate over ObamaCare.
Seven years later, Democrats could easily turn those words around on Republicans for the strategy they’re using to repeal and replace the same law Boehner railed against.
House Republicans are moving forward with a vote Friday on their ObamaCare replacement bill even after making significant changes the night before, and without a Congressional Budget Office analysis of those changes.
“We haven’t seen the final bill and won’t have a @USCBO score on the latest version before a vote,” Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.) tweeted Thursday night. “This is not regular order, @SpeakerRyan.”
“We must have the opportunity to read and understand the final bill before we vote. It’s irresponsible to do otherwise,” added conservative Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) in a tweet Thursday night.
Indeed, The Hill published another story that confirmed the behavior:
Voter opposition to the Republican healthcare bill is the result of misunderstanding, and lawmakers will be able to “really explain it” once it becomes law, Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) said Thursday.
Collins was responding to a question by MSNBC anchor Brian Williams about whether he was prepared over Congress’s upcoming April recess to hear from constituents who may lose health coverage under the American Health Care Act (AHCA).
“In my district, right now there’s a lot of misunderstanding as to what it is we’re doing,” the Collins said on MSNBC. “And once we get it done, and then we can have the chance to really explain it.”
Then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was famously excoriated by Republicans for her 2010 comments regarding ObamaCare that “we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.”
It is frightening that Pelosi Republicans thought they can change voters’ opinions after they pass the unread bill. How could they know what will happen?
The idea that Republicans are superior to Democrats when it comes to designing a government program to insure everyone at a price that will make them happy is not likely to be accurate. The reason Obamacare is a disaster is because it attempted to do the impossible. That’s why Pelosi promoted the bill without reading it. She didn’t want to have to deal with reality.
Now Pelosi Republicans have done the same.