In a move not surprising to most conservatives, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is now threating Republicans who oppose the house health care legislation that will be voted on Thursday to replace the Affordable Care Act.
According to the Associated Press and Dailywire.com, McConnell stated, “I would hate to be a Republican whose vote prevented us from keeping the commitment we’ve made to the American people for almost 10 years now.” He continued, “I think the American people would be deeply disappointed that we were prevented from keeping our commitment by Republicans who in the end, in effect, voted for the status quo. I am optimistic that none of my members in the end want to be responsible for the status quo on Obamacare.”
McConnell has admitted that the current American Health Care Act in the house would have to be changed in order for the bill to pass the Senate. Currently, senators Mike Lee, Rand Paul, Tom Cotton and others have all stated that without major reforms, the current House bill is dead on arrival in the upper chamber.
— Mike Lee (@SenMikeLee) March 21, 2017
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) March 21, 2017
With the Senate split 52-48, McConnell will have to strong-arm senators for the bill to pass.
In the past, I have been both critical and complementary of the majority leader. I believe he was right to hold off the supreme court nominee process in 2016 which has led to judge Neal Gorsuch. At the same time, when politicians get desperate and they know they lack substance the knives come out. This is nothing new for McConnell who is known more for tactics and less about principles.
The house and senate leadership, with the backing of President Trump, are the ones pushing this Obamacare Lite bill. Let’s hope those with principles stand strong no matter how much pressure McConnell and the President may put on them. This is not a binary choice and anyone that threatens conservatives is only playing short-term politics.