One Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives just made a revealing statement about the revised version of the Obamacare repeal bill.
In an interview with MSNBC, Rep. Thomas Garrett (R-Virginia), who is a member of the House Freedom Caucus, balked at a reporter’s question about whether or not he has personally read the full text of the American Health Care Act — commonly referred to as Trumpcare — prior to Thursday afternoon’s vote.
“People in my office have read all the parts of the bill,” Garrett said. “I don’t think any individual has read the whole bill. That’s why we have staff.”
The Washington Post’s David Weigel pointed out that Republicans are now following the same playbook they attacked when former President Barack Obama was attempting to pass the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) in 2009. Weigel dug up a 2009 op-ed that then-Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) wrote for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, complaining about the speed at which Democrats were attempting to pass their overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system.
“Congress and the White House have focused their public efforts on platitudes and news conferences, while the substance and the details have remained behind closed doors,” Ryan wrote in 2009. “Those members of Congress who voted for this bill already in their committees did so without knowing what the legislation costs.”
However, those arguments seem to be on the back-burner for Republicans this time around as the bill to be voted on today has not yet been scored by the Congressional Budget Office, let alone carefully read by the members who will be voting yes or no. Republicans are attempting to pass the bill to the Senate prior to taking a scheduled Congressional recess on Friday. The bill’s passage in the Senate seems unlikely in its current form, as 60 “yea” votes are required before the bill can be put to an up-or-down majority vote.
Tom Cahill is a senior editor for the Resistance Report based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him via email at [email protected], or follow him on Facebook by clicking here.