Well, the White House unveiled ObamaCare 2.0 today and the first thing that comes to my mind is; this is the same pig as before, but now with bright red lipstick!
The price for ObamaCare 2.0 is supposed to be $950 billion and "deficit neutral". If you believe that, you have not been paying attention. All the nasty aspects of the Senate bill are there, new taxes, mandates, the union exemption and the Louisiana Purchase. Added into the mix are price controls.
What is missing is any public option, which is sure to be a problem for the more liberal Democrats. Federal funding of abortion is still in there and that will be problematic for the now skittish moderates.
Since ObamaCare 2.0 is not written in legislative language don’t expect an accurate scoring and don’t expect a score before the summit.
I cannot imagine there being enough votes to pass this bill. This bill has to be voted on in the House where everyone is up for re-election. I cannot imagine there are 218 Democrats insane enough to vote for pretty much the same bill the public thoroughly rejected already. As far as there being 50 Democrats in the Senate willing to push this bill through using reconciliation, is also a major doubt.
What I do see is Republicans fighting hard against it and that seems to be what Obama and the Democrats need most. Unlike the Senate bill that died without Republican involvement, ObamaCare 2.0 can be blamed on Republicans and thus get the Democrats off the hook.
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