When the Bill Was Obamacare, McConnell Favored Transparency, Legislative Process

“This is a very important issue. You know, we shouldn’t try to do it in the dark. And whatever final bill is produced should be available to the American public and to the members of the Senate, certainly, for enough time to come to grips with it… And we are going to insist — and the American people are going to insist — that it be done in a transparent, a fair and open way.”

— Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), quoted by NBC News on October 2, 2009, nearly three months before passage of the Affordable Care Act.

Repealing Obamacare Would Cost Government $137 Billion

$137 billion

What repealing the Affordable Care Act would cost the U.S. government over the next decade, according to a new CBO report. “The new report is the first federal assessment since the main provisions of the law took effect in 2014. It found that repealing the health-care law would increase deficits by $353 billion over 10 years. But after taking into account economic factors, including slightly larger workforce participation that would result from repealing the law, that amount would fall to $137 billion. … The analysis also concluded that repealing the health-care law would increase the number of uninsured Americans by 19 million in 2016.”

McCaskill Says It’s Not ‘Manly’ to Take Insurance Away

I don’t think you prove your manhood by kicking folks off their health coverage.

— Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), responding to State Representative Mike Moon, Republican of Missouri, who introduced a bill in the Legislature urging the state’s congressional delegation to push for the Affordable Care Act’s repeal with “manly firmness.”

Republicans Bored by Attempts to Repeal Obamacare

It is unfair to say Republicans have achieved nothing in their dozens of attempts since 2010 to repeal Obamacare. In Tuesday’s repeal effort by House Republicans — their first of this Congress and their 56th overall — it became clear that they had succeeded at one thing: They had bored even themselves into a slumber. For much of the debate Tuesday afternoon, no more than a dozen seats were occupied on the pro-repeal side of the House. More than once, the GOP had nobody available to speak.

— Dana Millbank writing in the Washington Post.

Obamacare Almost Impossible to Repeal Now

If you want to say the further and further this gets down the road, the harder and harder it gets to repeal, that’s absolutely true. As far as repeal and replace goes, the problem with replace is that if you really want people to have these new benefits, it looks a hell of a lot like the Affordable Care Act.

— GOP congressional aide, quoted by TPM, on the increasing difficulty of ever repealing Obamacare.