Republicans Are Putting Politics Before The People They Represent
September 20, 2017
Senate Republicans are putting politics over the people they represent by trying to force through the secretive Graham-Cassidy-Heller health care repeal bill, without knowing what’s in it or how it will impact people. The worst part is, they don’t even care.
Republicans are trying to deceive the American people, and their own colleagues, so they can force through a secretive bill they know is bad.
Huffington Post: “The story Graham and Cassidy are telling the public is a vast over-simplification, one that leaves out the bill’s most important elements. And the story they are peddling to colleagues? That’s even more misleading.”
Republicans are putting politics over policy – they don’t know what’s in the bill, and they don’t even care.
NBC News: “The details of the bill, known as Graham-Cassidy, don't appear to address the policy concerns of a handful of Republican senators who either voted against the last version of the legislation or reluctantly supported it because of promises that it would be revised before becoming law.”
Vox: “Republican senators are struggling to articulate why they are rushing to pass their last-ditch effort to repeal and replace Obamacare over the next 10 days before running into their September 30 deadline.”
Senator Chuck Grassley: “Republicans campaigned on this so often that you have a responsibility to carry out what you said in the campaign. That’s pretty much as much of a reason as the substance of the bill.”
Trump’s Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short: “It’s not the policy, but the politics.”
Kellyanne Conway: “He’s been here for seven or eight months, they’ve been talking about this for seven or eight years. He’s ready. You put meaningful repeal-and-replace legislation on his desk and he will sign it.”
Senior GOP aide: “If there was an oral exam on the contents of the proposal, graded on a generous curve, only two Republicans could pass it. And one of them isn't Lindsey Graham.”
GOP Lobbyist: “I am just in shock how no one actually cares about the policy anymore.”
GOP aide: “You could do a post office renaming and call it 'repeal-replace' and 48 Republican senators would vote for it sight unseen.”