The GOP is trying to pass a sweeping rewrite of the Affordable Care Act and other Obama-era legislation that would give it the ability to take on Democratic senators in 2018 and 2020 and would have the power to force a two-thirds majority for their votes in the Senate.
But Republican leaders and their allies are trying to do it by using tactics that could backfire.
Republicans are using their supermajority in the House to pass the AHCA without Democrats’ cooperation, a tactic they said was necessary to pass their health care legislation because of the threat of Democratic filibusters.
The AHCA is being touted as a blueprint for the future, but it will likely not go anywhere this year because of GOP opposition.
Democrats say it is not a blueprint and that the bill does not go far enough in eliminating insurance company mandates.
Republicans, meanwhile, say it will make insurance more affordable and more affordable for low-income Americans.
The bill’s author, Sens.
Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Lindsey Graham (R) have said the legislation is a model for the American Health Care Act, which passed the House in March.
The legislation is expected to go through the Senate next week.
Republicans have a supermajority of 52 seats in the chamber, and the House passed its bill by a margin of 50-48.
But they are now scrambling to get the bill passed by Thursday night after a key procedural move was made by Republicans, who changed their language to include the word “defund” to show they would not be filibustering.
The change was an effort to prevent Democrats from filibusthing the bill by using procedural maneuvers to stall the bill.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R.-Wis.) is a longtime proponent of eliminating all filibuster-proof rules that prevent Democrats to filibuster bills that are passed by the Senate but not signed into law by President Donald Trump.
Ryan and other Republicans have said that they would oppose any legislation that does not meet this standard.
Democrats are already trying to use procedural tactics to slow the process down.
They are using the Senate’s “nuclear option” to force Republicans to hold votes on bills they say will be vetoed by the president.
This is a maneuver that allows a party to demand votes on legislation that they believe would be vetoed.
This strategy is not usually used in the legislative process.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) has said he wants to use the nuclear option to kill a bill.
But Republicans say it’s unlikely they will be able to do this because Republicans control the Senate and the White House.
Republican senators on the bill, such as Sens.
Rand Paul (R.), Mike Lee (R.) and Rob Portman (R), say they do not want to vote on the legislation unless they are assured it will pass, which could be difficult to guarantee.
Paul said the bill was written by Democrats to hurt Republicans.
He said the House is trying “to push through the legislation and do the same thing as Obamacare,” which he said “didn’t pass the Senate” because Democrats blocked it.
“This is not just about repealing Obamacare,” Paul said.
“This is about doing everything in the legislation to make it harder for us to defeat Trump in 2020 and 2020.”
McCarthy said Republicans are not interested in repealing Obamacare because it will “destroy” the ACA.
The AHCA, he said, “is an Obamacare-lite bill that will destroy the ACA, destroy our system of government, and that’s exactly what it’s trying to accomplish.”
Democrats said they were not interested and would fight any effort to dismantle the Affordable Act.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.
Va.), who is also the bill’s sponsor, said Republicans have “taken the American people for granted, and they should be ashamed of themselves for that.”
Republicans argue that the AHAC is not about eliminating health insurance mandates.
They said that the legislation would allow states to create their own regulations on how they administer health insurance, and states would have flexibility in how to administer that law.
But many states, including Vermont, are not in compliance with the ACA’s mandate-free insurance marketplace, which the AHC would replace.
States have already set up their own marketplace and some are already operating under the AHRC provisions.