How deep is the ocean?, you may as well ask. How high is the sky?
Today, boys and girls, President Donald Trump has been busy talking shit about his own attorney general and former best buddy forever, Jeff Sessions. I think this is probably because the president wants to get rid of Sessions and replace him with someone who will fire pesky independent investigator Bob Mueller, who is getting closer to discovering how Trump and the Russian government got together to assure “victory” for whom I believe will turn out to be the #FakePresident.
But that’s a story for another day, because also today, we get to find out whether our health insurance bills are about to triple in size, if we can get a policy at all. You see, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is expected to call for a procedural vote to allow debate and amendments to the Great Republican Health Care Bill passed in the House earlier this year. You remember, the one that Majority Leader Paul Ryan rammed through the House before Americans could find out what it would mean for them. A few days later, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that the House bill, if the Senate helps make it law, would cause 23 million more Americans to lose their health insurance than would be the case if Congress simply did nothing.
But no fear, McConnell is widely expected to swap out all the language of the House bill with Senate bill language. Except, what Senate bill language? We mere American citizens can’t know, because Senate leaders are keeping that a secret until maybe later today. But the last time they tried to pass their own version of a health care bill, they couldn’t get enough votes to get it passed. In part because some senators were worried at a CBO estimate that 22 million more Americans would lose health insurance under the Senate version. And in part because some heartless pricks, including Sen. Ted Cruz, who is alleged to represent my interests, thought the Senate version didn’t prevent enough people from seeing their doctor.
It’s funny how so many Republicans in Congress keep repeating this crap that they “have to” vote to repeal Obamacare and replace it with pretty much any damn thing, because “that’s what we’ve been promising our constituents for the past seven years.” It’s funny how they keep saying that even though it’s utter bullshit. For one thing, as Jimmy Kimmel found out, a lot of Trump supporters like the Affordable Care Act. They say they also hate Obamacare. But they don’t realize Obamacare and the ACA are the same thing.
The truth is, Republican constituents really like being able to afford going to the doctor when they need to. In November, after he won the election Donald Trump told 60 Minutes that Obamacare would be “repealed and replaced. And we’ll know. And it’ll be great health care for much less money. So it’ll be better health care, much better, for less money. Not a bad combination.”
Trump said similar things throughout the campaign. And, I submit, that is what a lot of Trump supporters thought they were voting for: health care that is twice is good for half the price. Instead, unfortunately, it appears likely we’re all going to get health care that is half as good for twice the price.