Maybe Republicans bailing out Obamacare seems reasonable because no one is allowed to see the terms of the deal.
How could Liberal senators Lamar Alexander and Susan Collins bring about Republicans bailing out Obamacare? They don’t represent that majority of other Republicans, even in the Senate. But allegedly some kind of deal has been made. With whom? Even if some Republicans work with the Democrats, what will prevent a filibuster?
At this point, it seems keeping the deal as secret as possible is delaying an answer to those issues.
Christopher Jacobs writes at The Federalist: “Nobody Has Seen The Obamacare ‘Stability Deal,’ Probably Because It’ll Make Voters Postal.”
While Democrats deliberated on Obamacare in 2009 and 2010, Republicans frequently attacked the non-transparent process.[…]
As I noted last week, while Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) recently claimed in an op-ed that the “stability” legislation would appropriate $10 billion in reinsurance funds for insurers, the public version of legislation to which he referred—a bill introduced by Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Bill Nelson (D-FL)—appropriated “only” $4.5 billion in funds to health insurers[…]
On the policy substance, Senate leadership has refused to disclose exactly what provisions comprise the “deal” Collins supposedly cut with Senate leadership. Did they promise $4.5 billion in reinsurance funding, $10 billion, or more than $10 billion? What other promises did they make in exchange for Collins’ support for repealing the individual mandate in the tax bill?
So too on process: While Collins has been more than willing to shout from the rooftops that she cowed Senate leadership into accepting the “stability” package, neither the leaders nor the presidential administration have stated publicly what actions they committed to taking.
Did Republican leaders pledge merely to support an open process and a vote on the “stability” measure—as Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Thune (R-SD) implied on Tuesday—or its enactment into law? How exactly could they promise the latter, when any such bill would require 60 votes to break a potential Senate filibuster—a number that Senate Republican leaders do not have, even if they could persuade their entire conference to support bailing out Obamacare?
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