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

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

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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
Lauren Victoria Burke is a writer, comms strategist and political analyst. She created Crewof42, a blog focused on African American members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke also writes for NBC BLK, The Root, NNPA and is the Managing Editor of Politic365. As part of a diverse career in politics and media, she has served as a congressional staffer for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee, Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) and Director of Communications for Justin Fairfax for Lt. Governor of Virginia. From 2014 to 2017, Ms. Burke appeared each Monday on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin on TVOne. Ms. Burke holds a B.A. in History from The American University. She was born and raised in New York. Email: LBurke007@gmail.com. Twitter: @LVBurke. IG: @laurenvburke. Periscope: @LVBurke

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