Mike Huckabee, May 5, 2017
The latest Obamacare replacement bill (not a repeal, as promised) passed the House 217-213 with, appropriately enough, zero Democratic votes. So Obamacare appears destined to go out the same way it came in: on a party-line vote. President Trump hosted a celebration, but the hoopla might be premature: it still has to pass the Senate, where it will need 60 votes to overcome a Democratic filibuster, and not even all the Republicans there are on board with it.
The House bill weakens one of the most popular but also most expensive of the Obamacare reforms: forcing insurers to cover people with preexisting conditions at the same rates as healthy customers. The idea that that wouldn’t cause premiums to skyrocket for everyone was a prime example of the core liberal legislative principle that “wishing makes it so.” The new bill does include some additional funding to help offset the higher rates. Nevertheless, Democrat Debbie Wasserman Schultz declared, “Make no mistake – many people will die as a result of this bill.” That’s a strong and worrying statement, but it would be more convincing if Democrats didn’t claim many people would die as a result of everything Republicans do, including exhaling carbon dioxide.