Does everyone remember when Democrats were advancing Obamacare and no one had even read the bill? Well, it appears Republicans pushing the healthcare bill that is being voted on Thursday haven’t done it either.
Let’s remind ourselves of what we were told by Democrat Representative Nancy Pelosi (CA) prior to Obamacare being passed. Remember when she said, “We have to pass the bill so that you can see what is in it“?
Now, take a look at this video report of Congressmen that were asked about having read the bill before Thursday’s vote.
NBC reporter just asked a bunch of Republican Congressmen if they've READ the health care bill. Hilarity ensues. pic.twitter.com/iPAQSlGPkG
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) May 4, 2017
See? What makes these guys any different from their Democrat counterparts? If that was not enough, take a stroll down memory lane and listen to then House member Paul Ryan (R-WI) as spoke out about the Obamacare bill and no one reading the bill that was to be voted on.
“Are Republicans being genuine in their complaint that this is moving too quickly?” asked Carlos Watson of MSNBC. “Well, yes, I don’t think we should pass bills that we haven’t read, that we don’t know what they cost,” Ryan said. “I don’t think that’s being effusive.”
“We want to see health-care reform done, but we want to do it right,” he said. “And if you rush this thing through before anybody even knows what it is, that isn’t good democracy. That’s not doing our work for our constituents.”
Well, again, we aren’t a democracy, Mr. Ryan. We are a republic!
Furthermore, we know that these guys don’t have a clue what their bill will cost and it leaves lots of Obamacare in place just like their previous socialist healthcare bill.
Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), who introduced the final amendment, said on Wednesday evening that it would be nice to have a CBO score first.
“I wish that we had it, alright?” he said, but there’s no time to wait “because I don’t expect it probably for a couple weeks.”
No time to wait! This is a ridiculous argument. Why don’t you guys pull from two of the actual Obamacare repeal bills and choose this one or this one? You can read both of them in under one minute. They are plain and they are clear, but Republicans want us to think we somehow need them to treat us like children, that we are incapable of handling the truth and getting healthcare or insurance without the almighty hand of the state! Healthcare and insurance are not among the enumerated powers that Congress was given authority to legislate! Read the Constitution you people swore to abide by!
In 2012, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) spoke out against senators who vote without reading the bills they vote on.
That was because he just received a 600-page bill that morning, which no one had taken the time to read. Paul later proposed a bill that would prohibit the inclusion of more than one subject in a single bill, making sure that it could be read by those voting.
Frankly, if Republicans pass a healthcare bill it will be just as much a disaster as Obamacare because they are not repealing it. They are merely continuing it and controlling it.