The US House just passed what it calls AHCA – the Obamacare repeal legislation they have been waiting 8 years to pass.
There are many ways to criticize this bill, ranging from the AMA’s criticism that it dismantles what safety net we have to a full-on dismissal by key Senate Republicans.
But there is a deeper criticism that has to be made – the real problem with this bill is that the House isn’t actually even trying to govern. They’ve completely given up.
We have to start with the real reason for this bill: embarrassment. Not being able to deliver a key campaign promise to remove the tyranny of Obamacare made the House look bad all around. The real problem, of course, was that Obamacare was actually a net positive in many ways even with its flaws. It was a step in the right direction – if only a step.
While criticism of Obamacare was always possible – the insurance pools never had the populations necessary to keep costs down being the main one – that wasn’t where Republican campaign promises started. They criticized Obamacare because … honestly, I don’t remember why.
The main point was that Obamacare, as whined about on the campaign trail, was nothing more than a token in the ongoing War on Reality.
Passing legislation is a hard dose of reality. The Senate understands this and has pledged to start over, re-evaluating what health care in the US needs to be. That could yet be a good thing. It will certainly be some kind of effort to actually, I dunno … govern?
You can call this piece of legislation out of the House many things. Primarily, it is the white flag of surrender. They have given up even pretending that they are capable of governing.
Nothing more needs to be said.