With his reputation as the Republican’s lyingest liar well established, Mitch McConnell is actually on the verge of keeping one of his Obamacare repeal promises—and by default, one of Trump’s promises too.
Now, don’t get too excited; McConnell isn’t going to repeal Obamacare “root and branch” like he’s been promising for years. Instead, he’s keeping a promise to partner up with Democrats to create another version of fake repeal of the disastrous Affordable Care Act in order to save it.
In his first Kentucky appearance since the fake vote on the fake repeal of Obamacare last month, McConnell announced that fellow lying liar Lamar Alexander (R-TN) would be teaming up with Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) to create a bill that will continue using money we don’t have to subsidize insurance we don’t want until 2018.
Hmm . . . 2018. Isn’t that an election year? Surely, McConnell and his minions aren’t simply kicking the can down the road until after the election, are they?
Lamar Alexander is the perfect invertebrate to represent the GOP because he’s been opposed to repeal of Obamacare all along. As the senator who brought us the fake repeal of No Child Left Behind, Alexander is uniquely qualified for the job of creating this latest repeal of Obamacare.
If Murray’s name sounds familiar, it should. She’s one of the GOP’s “go-to” Democrats when selling out on campaign promises. It was Murray who joined Paul Ryan a few years ago to pass the failed Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013. Despite their promise to cut the budget, Ryan and Murray’s failed budget agreement increased spending, raised taxes, and threw out any attempt to balance the books for two years.
And that’s exactly what Alexander and Murray will do. Together, they will increase spending, raise taxes, and throw out any attempts to repeal Obamacare for two years.
By the way, the House of Representatives is also at work creating a bill similar to the bipartisan measure being crafted by Alexander and Murray, although, according to Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY), they’re doing it “reluctantly.”
“Many of us still retain our philosophical opposition and substantive opposition to the Affordable Care Act. But it’s clear to us that what we have to do is come together, find that common ground and govern for the American people.”
Translation? We’re cowards who never had any intention of repealing Obamacare, but since we have an election coming up, we need to sound like we’re trying to keep our promise.
Working with Democrats is nothing new for Mickey; he allowed Harry Reid to run the Senate even after the GOP won the majority in 2014. But if these bipartisan efforts succeed, Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump can boast about keeping their Obamacare promise—even though it’s not the promise they said they would keep when America voted for them.
Originally posted at The Strident Conservative.
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