The Washington Post is covering the various incarnations of the GOP "Death to Obamacare Act" (I have lost track of what it's latest name is) on a minute-to-minute basis. Read quick here; it'll change in another half hour.
My question is this: What's driving the GOP to rush this?
I know that Trump ran on a promise to repeal/replace in 100 days. That deadline has passed, and the WaPo reports that Republican lawmakers aren't afraid of Trump. Most Americans don't like the GOP proposals. Trump's ratings are poor. So he's not driving this boat even if he is on a fake cover of Time.
The Senate GOP should settle down, make a case for Obamacare reform based on actual facts instead of characterizations like "death spiral," and level with the base: Health care is a complicated mess, no matter what our president says, and any effective legislation needs to address the causes of increasing health costs at the core. Here's Dr. Kenneth Davis, CEO, Mt. Sinai system, explaining this to Judy Woodruff. I bet Dr. Davis would be MORE than happy to share his expertise with Sen. McConnell and others.
The GOP has a chance to come out of this looking like heroes: We IMPROVED health care. Democrats followed our lead. We get stuff done. Vote for us in 2020. We promise we won't put a boob at the top of the ticket this time.
Are they really so stupid that they're going to fling legislation at a wall until something randomly sticks, scrape it onto a plate, and call it spaghetti?
What am I missing here?