At this point I’ve accepted that our healthcare system is going to be completely screwed up for many many years to come. And I’ve also accepted that many Republicans are spineless and only care about staying in power. My regret is that the defunding of Planned Parenthood is mixed up with it.
The major thing that excited me when the House voted on their healthcare bill was that it defunded Planned Parenthood. But now the Senate seems to be…uhm…fumbling the ball.
Senate Republicans return to Washington, D.C., on Monday from a 10-day recess no closer to a deal on legislation to overhaul the U.S. health insurance system, with little time left on the calendar and other agenda items piling up.
And as conservative and moderate GOP lawmakers continue to spar over just how much of the 2010 health care law to repeal and replace, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is signaling that a bipartisan compromise to help stabilize the shaky insurance markets created by the law could be the fallback strategy.
The Kentucky Republican had intended for the chamber to vote on the measure, which would change the law’s subsidies that help individuals afford insurance and restrict Medicaid funding over the next 10 years, before lawmakers left for the Fourth of July break.
But now, in the fallout of that abandoned timeline, more members are expressing concerns over the current draft, raising the stakes for the majority leader who is trying to live up to his reputation as a master deal-maker.
Oh good. Mitch McConnell to the rescue. What could possibly go wrong?
Here’s the thing. Republicans don’t even need Democrats to thwart them from pursuing what they were elected to do. They thwart themselves.
If Republicans don’t defund Planned Parenthood, it’s over. Just done. This is a must do. Put it on the top of the to-do list, GOP. If this does not get done, pro-lifers will walk.