Democrats will avenge this health-care abomination

Democrats will avenge this health-care abomination
Trump congratulates House Republicans on passing Obamacare repeal bill, May 2017. (Image: Screen grab of Channel90 video, YouTube)

We don’t have to detail here all the appalling things … [The GOP] bill does (I assembled a list here if you’re interested). In the coming days, polls will tell us just how unpopular it is, but given that the first version got the support of only 17 percent of the public, then they made it even more awful by removing protections for people with pre-existing conditions, it probably won’t score too well.

The bill’s ultimate fate is uncertain. This version is essentially dead on arrival in the Senate, which has a couple of options. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell could just bring the House’s bill up for a vote, watch it go down in defeat, and then declare the whole effort at an end. Or Senate Republicans could write their own version and see if a compromise with the House can be reached….

Either way, the political backlash will be intense. The broad electorate will be disgusted, and the Democratic base will be enraged. You thought there was already an explosion of leftist activism in the wake of Donald Trump getting elected? Just you wait.

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