While Republicans in the House of Representatives claim they have the votes to pass the amended version of Trumpcare, some are ignorant of its contents.
Just before a scheduled Congressional recess, Republicans are slated to vote on the American Health Care Act on Thursday afternoon, which now includes various amendments aimed at placating differing factions of Republicans. House Speaker Paul Ryan and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy have spent this week attempting to make the bill palatable for both diehard right-wing extremists in the House Freedom Caucus, and more moderate Republicans like Rep. Fred Upton (R-Michigan).
However, one particularly stunning revelation was tweeted by CNN’s Manu Raju on Wednesday night: Apparently, the rushed nature of the bill made it so several Republicans still haven’t read the bill that they’re set to vote on tomorrow:
A number of House members say they haven't seen latest version of bill that will remake the health care system and will be voted on tomorrow
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) May 4, 2017
The fact that the bill remains unread by multiple House Republicans is more than a little hypocritical, given that one of the chief criticisms Republicans had of the Affordable Acre Act (Obamacare) was that Democrats were attempting to rush through a vote before all members had a chance to read and understand it.
“[T]humbing their nose at the American people by ramming through a partisan bill would be the same thing as going to war without asking Congress’ permission,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee) in September of 2009. “You might technically be able to do it, but you’d pay a terrible price in the next election.”
This will be Republicans’ second attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare since Trump became President. The first vote was cancelled at the last minute, as the House GOP appeared to be just a few votes shy of the 216 votes needed to pass the initial bill with a slim majority. While the new bill’s contents are not yet fully known, one of the more controversial aspects of the bill is the MacArthur Amendment, which could feasibly lead to states denying health insurance coverage to patients with pre-existing conditions.
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.