Apparently, Mitch McConnell is considering working with the Democrats to bail out insurers now that he and his fellow Senators botched their oft-repeated promise to “repeal and replace” Obamacare. ABC News reports:
McConnell told reporters Saturday there is “still a chance” the Senate could revive the measure to repeal and replace “Obamacare,” but he acknowledged the window for that is rapidly closing.
The Kentucky senator noted Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee is working on “some kind of bipartisan approach” that would involve subsidies for insurance companies.
Alexander recently said he will work with the committee’s top Democrat, Sen. Patty Murray of Washington state, on a bill next month that would pay insurers through 2018. In exchange, Alexander wants Democrats to agree to make it easier for states to choose their own health coverage standards that insurers must provide rather than abiding by former President Barack Obama’s law.
“If the Democrats are willing to support some real reforms rather than just an insurance company bailout, I would be willing to take a look at it,” McConnell said, hours before he was expected to speak at the famously raucous Fancy Farm picnic in western Kentucky.Saturday marked McConnell’s first appearance in Kentucky since the failed health care vote.
I appeared on Fox & Friends to talk about how this bipartisan bailout is anti-Republican and anti-American. I said:
“He’s taking money out of the pockets of hard working, lower income, middle American folks and pay it to wealthy, profitable insurance companies. It’s just an outrage upon outrage. The Republicans promised to repeal Obamacare, they failed to do so. But taking the money out of the pockets of hard working Americans to prop up these insurance agencies is outrageous.”
I also talked about how Republicans act like they are in the minority even when they are in the majority. It’s all a shame, actually.
“They should certainly be worried about primaries,” I explained. “Amongst the grassroots, I have heard the phrase, ‘punishment primaries.’ That’s because these folks need to feel the pain of tough primary. The outrage is palpable, and something needs to be done about it.”,
Watch my appearance below, in which I explain how the Republicans are really making this more complicated than it needs to be: