Paul Waldman, The Plum Line – The Washington Post:
I won’t mince words. The health-care bill that the House of Representatives passed this afternoon, in an incredibly narrow 217-to-213 vote, is not just wrong, or misguided, or problematic or foolish. It is an abomination. If there has been a piece of legislation in our lifetimes that boiled over with as much malice and indifference to human suffering, I can’t recall what it might have been. And every member of the House who voted for it must be held accountable.
Click through for a point-by-point rundown of what’s in the House’s “health care” bill.
As an added measure of hypocrisy the bill was described as relief from the “rammed through” Affordable Care Act. The ACA was debated and subject to public discussion for a year. This garbage was itself rammed through the House before the Congressional Budget Office had a chance to score it for cost and efficacy, and more than one Member voting in favor later confessed to not knowing what was written into it.
Backlash from this bill, if passed into law, will be severe and well-deserved. The bill makes clear where today’s American GOP stands on safeguarding Americans: pay-for-play. Those with enough money get what they want, including decent health insurance, and the hell with less fortunate citizens.
How telling that Congress exempted itself from this bill’s effects. Disgusting.
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