Right now, it sounds like the House will vote on the GOP’s Obamacare repeal and replace plan this Thursday. Will it pass? I don’t know. House Speaker Paul Ryan is feeling optimistic.
“I feel very good about it, actually,” Ryan said
Even if it does pass, that’s only one of many hurdles. There are a number of notable senators who aren’t feeling the plan– including Sen. Ted Cruz. He spoke about the phased plan on “Face the Nation” over the weekend and didn’t mince words.
“That ain’t gonna happen. It’s their so-called ‘three bucket’ solution, which is all the good stuff is in bucket three,” Cruz said. “Bucket three takes eight democrats. Right now Senate Democrats are opposing everything. You can’t get eight democrats to agree on saying ‘good morning.’ Anything in bucket three … I call bucket three the ‘sucker’s bucket.’ And what I have been urging the President and the administration, and leaders in both houses: take everything in bucket three, put it in bucket one, we’ve got to actually fix this problem.”
That’s what I’m afraid of. Republicans keep telling us the good stuff is coming later, but what if they can’t do it? What if we get stuck with bucket one and that’s it? How do we know they’re going to be able to successfully pull off all three phases? Isn’t this approach kind of risky?
h/t The Right Scoop