The Republican health care bill has a major problem. No, not that issue of removing 32 million Americans from health care, their problem is the Senate Parliamentarian.
Numerous sections of the GOP “repeal no replace” bill are in violation of the Senate’s budget reconciliation rules — that is, the differences between the House version of the vill and the Senate version are too great to simply vote up and down on.
Yesterday, the U.S. Senate’s Parliamentarian, who is a Republican appointee under the leadership of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, may have essentially acted as a death panel for the GOP “health care” bill.
Roll Call outlines that, “provisions related to abortion, certain insurance regulations and funding the law’s cost-sharing subsidies could be struck under the so-called Byrd rule and would require 60 votes to survive…”
Republicans in the Senate can barely get 50 votes much less 60. Details of the Parliamentarian’s ruling can be seen here.