Republicans renege on promise to propose substitute for Obamacare
The do-nothing Congress seems likely to remain just that, as we see HERE:
House Republican leaders are gradually backing away from their promise to vote on legislation to replace Obamacare in 2014.
“House Republicans will rally around and pass an alternative to Obamacare this year,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) said on Jan. 30, at the annual GOP conference retreat.
It seemed like a huge step after Republicans spent four years campaigning on “repeal and replace” without putting forward a health care alternative of their own. But one month later, GOP leaders are singing a different tune, downplaying the prospect of a vote in 2014 and insisting they’re just beginning the conversation.
“We’re going to continue to have conversations with our members about tax reform and continue that discussion. The same kind of discussion has to continue to go on with regard to replacing Obamacare,” Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) told reporters on Thursday. “And so, we’re going to continue to go through a lot of ideas. You can see our members — they’ve introduced 126 different ideas about how to fix Obamacare, how to replace Obamacare.”
Translation: We have too many ideas, and we can’t agree on which ones we want.
His unprompted comparison to tax reform was also notable, because lawmakers and aides across the board admit that it won’t happen in 2014.