In the wake of Obamacare’s repeal and replace bill failing twice, GOP lawmakers in the House are now under the pressure of President Donald Trump and the American people to get something done.
When Paul Ryan first introduced his new replacement of the Affordable Care Act, Democrats had already planned on not backing it – and for obvious reasons.
But many Republicans were upset with the replacement as well because it was still too similar to Obamacare – some even defined it as “Obamacare lite.”
But an Alabama Congressman has just one-upped every member of the GOP majority in the House by introducing a simple, one-lined bill that everyone can pass.
“With a simple two-page document, an Alabama congressman has filed a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives to repeal Obamacare.
Or, as it is stated in the bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Huntsville, introduced the bill Friday.
‘This Act may be cited as the ‘Obamacare Repeal Act,’ the bill states.
And the bill uses just one sentence to do it.
‘Effective as of Dec. 31, 2017, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is repealed, and the provisions of law amended or repealed by such Act are restored or revived as if such Act had not been enacted,’ the bill states.
And that’s it – one sentence.”
One sentence – that’s all it takes. The idea is to introduce the repeal of the bill and to alleviate the pressure so they can work on a different comprehensive healthcare bill, if they can all agree on such a plan.
This bill is amazingly simplistic, yet effective.
“Another bill signed into law by former President Barack Obama – the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 – would also be repealed under Brooks’ bill.
The health care aspect of the law is also considered a part of Obamacare.
In a statement on Friday announcing he would oppose the Republican health care plan, which was eventually pulled from a vote because of a lack of support, Brooks said he had plans to introduce the bill to repeal Obamacare.
Brooks challenged his fellow lawmakers in Washington to sign the discharge petition that would bring the bill out of committee, where it otherwise could be left to die.
Brooks’ bill has no co-sponsors at this point.
‘If the American people want to repeal Obamacare, this is their last, best chance during the 115th Congress,’ Brooks said.
‘Those Congressmen who are sincere about repealing Obamacare may prove it by signing the discharge petition.’
‘At a minimum, the discharge petition will, like the sun burning away the fog, show American voters who really wants to repeal Obamacare and who merely acts that way during election time.’”
Why not? Why wouldn’t they pass this bill?
It’s comical in essence, given the nature of most of the 1,000 page bills that flow through Congress regularly.
But why not pass this bill and work on something else in the meantime? Because if the GOP can’t get it together soon, then this will be a Democrat controlled Congress once again.
And that’s a scary thought.