Senate Republicans released their healthcare bill today. The most immediate response was a large demonstration at the offices of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (opens in new tab), who oversaw the bill's drafting in complete secrecy and will now attempt to ram it through the upper chamber, much like how Speaker Paul Ryan forced his bill through the House before it could be scored by the CBO. One person we haven't heard much from through all this is former President Barack Obama, whose name Republicans slapped onto the Affordable Care Act as it became Enemy Number One in conservative ideology.
Repeal and Replace Obamacare is the great piece of performance art nearing its conclusion, consequences be damned, but Obama finally weighed in today on his Facebook page in an attempt to convince his fellow citizens to bring a halt to the proceedings:
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Time will tell whether this ship has sailed, much like the first one did in 2010—when Obama got his healthcare bill passed, and failed to make the case for it to the American people afterward. Maybe if he had, he wouldn't be writing a Facebook post today. Maybe Republicans wouldn't control every branch of the government.
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