I will never understand how the Republicans managed to screw this up so badly. And let’s be clear, this is the fault of Republicans in Congress, not Donald Trump. The talk of repealing Obamacare started years before Trump was even a candidate.

Their first attempt a couple months ago fell flat on its face. The second time, it passed in the House on a squeaker vote. Now, they may have to vote on it again.

Billy House reported at Bloomberg:

House May Need to Vote Again on GOP Obamacare Repeal Bill

House Republicans barely managed to pass their Obamacare repeal bill earlier this month, and they now face the possibility of having to vote again on their controversial health measure.

House Speaker Paul Ryan hasn’t yet sent the bill to the Senate because there’s a chance that parts of it may need to be redone, depending on how the Congressional Budget Office estimates its effects. House leaders want to make sure the bill conforms with Senate rules for reconciliation, a mechanism that allows Senate Republicans to pass the bill with a simple majority.

Republicans had rushed to vote on the health bill so the Senate could get a quick start on it, even before the CBO had finished analyzing a series of last-minute changes. The CBO is expected to release an updated estimate next week.

“Unaware,” said Representative Jeff Denham of California, with noticeable surprise Thursday, when advised that his party leaders still hadn’t sent the bill over to the Senate. Denham was one of the House Republicans who ended up voting for the measure, after earlier in the week opposing it.

“I am on the whip team and we have a lot of conversations, but we have not had that one. So I am going to look into it,” said Denham, a member of the party’s vote-counting team.

Allahpundit of Hot Air offers this brief summary of what happened:

In sum, in their rush to get the bill through before CBO rendered its verdict, they seem to have forgotten that nothing much can happen until CBO renders its verdict. (At least if reconciliation is to be used.) Not terrific! Exit question: How’s the GOP going to raise enough revenue from the bill to clear the deficit-reduction hurdle? Reportedly Republicans in the Senate are considering … desperation measures.

The “desperation measures” Allahpundit refers to will not please Republican voters.

Robert King writes at the Washington Examiner:

Obamacare’s individual mandate could stick around

Obamacare’s individual mandate to buy health insurance, one of the most controversial parts of the law, could stick around for a few years as part of a transition, a key senator conceded Wednesday.

Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., told reporters Wednesday that he believes the individual mandate will be eliminated, but the question is when.

“My sense is yes, it will go away but we are still figuring out how to make the transition,” Hoeven said.

He said a Senate working group drafting its own healthcare bill, which Hoeven is a part of, hasn’t made any decision on how long the mandate will stick around.

“At this point, the plan is to not keep the mandate but we are discussing how to work that into the transition,” Hoeven emphasized.

People have been waiting almost a decade for this to happen.

What will it take to get it done?


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