by Max Brantley
Now my questions: First, can this legislation still go through? I have learned never to underestimate the cravenness of Republican “moderates,” who may posture to the center but almost always cave to the hard right when it matters. But even so, it’s hard to imagine this act of cruelty getting 50 senators. And if it can’t pass the Senate, won’t right-wing purists in the House decide to advertise their purity by voting against a bill that still falls short of free-market ideals rather than vote for Obamacare 0.5?Perhaps for a clue we can look to U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman. He Tweeted:
Second, what were Republican leaders thinking? Something like this C.B.O. score was a foregone conclusion; would it really have mattered much if it were 15 million losing insurance, not 24 million? How was this supposed to work out politically?
States should at least have an option for block grant funding with full flexibility to innovate & implement in new healthcare law.— Bruce Westerman (@bruce_westerman) March 14, 2017
No @ArkansasBlog I mean focus on patient outcomes & effective use of Medicaid $ instead of taxing yourself just to get fed match on tax.— Bruce Westerman (@bruce_westerman) March 14, 2017