Let’s set aside the policy and the merit of the GOP healthcare bill for a second. Whether you are one of the few that like it or if you think it’s terrible, you can learn a lot about HOW someone passes a law as much as by what that law is.
The GOP is planning on rushing a vote tomorrow on the bill BEFORE the CBO can score it, BEFORE they release the text to the public and potentially most relevant, BEFORE public opinion has time to build against it. This tells you that they think the more people know about the bill, the less likely they are to be able to pass it.
Now, I think there are times when a congressman should just buck up and vote for the right thing in the face of poor polling. But that’s not what’s going on here. This is a desperate attempt to fulfill a campaign promise that they never expected to actually have the chance to fulfill. The right doesn’t think this is what they want for healthcare. They just have to repeal Obamacare because they said they would.
Their best case scenario, and what they’re hoping for, is that by passing something they can tell their hardcore supporters that they did what they promised, and by the time the changes really kick in, the mid-terms will already be done and maybe they can hold their seats. And by the next election maybe people will have forgotten about it.
What a way to govern.