The American Health Care Act may be dead for the present, but that doesn’t mean Obamacare repeal is gone with it. For Rep. Mo Brooks, an Alabama Republican, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream will never die like Mary Jo Kopechne.
Brooks, undaunted by the defeat of the AHCA, introduced a bill on Friday to abrogate Obamacare — the same day the repeal and replace bill was pulled before a House vote because Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan knew he didn’t have the votes to pass it.
“This Act may be cited as the ‘Obamacare Repeal Act,’” Brooks’ bill begins, according to Alabama.com.
And, in one sentence, the bill would do just that.
“Effective as of Dec. 31, 2017, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is repealed, and the provisions of law amended or repealed by such Act are restored or revived as if such Act had not been enacted,” the bill reads, according to Fox News.
That’s it. That’s all she wrote. And needless to say, it’s going to make a lot of people unhappy. But Brooks was adamant.
“If the American people want to repeal Obamacare, this is their last, best chance during the 115th Congress,” he said in a statement. “Those congressmen who are sincere about repealing Obamacare may prove it by signing the discharge petition. At a minimum, the discharge petition will, like the sun burning away the fog, show American voters who really wants to repeal Obamacare and who merely acts that way during election time.”
While the setback on the American Health Care Act and the lack of repeal-and-replace may be disappointing to Republicans, the important thing is getting things right. And, this comes as close to getting things right on the first go-around as we’ve seen.
That being said, Brooks’ was considered mostly a symbolic measure and wasn’t even voted on. A shame, because it’s the most brilliant thing to come out of the GOP yet this year.
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