Senate Parliamentarian May Have Just Become GOP Health Repeal’s Death Panel

Senate Parliamentarian May Have Just Become GOP Health Repeal’s Death Panel


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.

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Lauren Victoria Burke
Twitter: @LVBurke / Lauren Victoria Burke is an independent journalist who analyses politics and justice reform. She created, a blog that covers the work of African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke has also been a staffer for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and Director of Communications for Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN). She has had a very diverse career in politics and media and appears weekly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin. She has also appeared on Hardball with Chris Matthews, Politics Nation with Al Sharpton and Up with Steve Kornacki on MSNBC. She is also a contributing writer for and Ms. Burke was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up on Long Island. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. E-mail: Instagram: LVB325.


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