And this time it’s inside a snazzy Tax reform Bill!
God fucking dammit, enough already. To break it down, Senator Tom Cotton from Arkansas has managed to put in a repeal of the Obamacare mandate, getting the government $338 Billion back in money which can be spent beefing up the bill. Now, the CBO has reported this is an accurate number, but has also acknowledged that it will likely lead to a drop off in enrollment numbers and people receiving healthcare due to the mandate. Importantly, this means than not only is the republican senate trying to pass a tax reform bill that will over 10 years cost the middle and working classes more in taxes than they pay now, it’s also going after their healthcare. You know, through the program they’ve decided they like now.
So the Left is gonna be galvanized, and vocally opposed to the tax bill rather than letting the special interests complain, one Republican senator, that’s Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, has denounced both bills from the House and Senate, and of course Senators Collins, Murkowski and McCain are now people to watch because healthcare is now involved.
In terms of paying for the bill, repealing the mandate was actually a somewhat clever move and has allowed the senate more money to secure more votes. Politically they just shot themselves in the knee.
Oh, and according to Ryan the House republicans have enough votes to pass the bill Rep. Brady designed, so there’s another possible disaster in the wings as well. Ain’t that just fucking lovely.