The entire title for this post is: If Republicans Were Upset Over Passing The Doc Fix By Voice Vote… just wait ’til they hear about the Obamacare compromise that was included.
House leadership passed this year’s controversial “Doc fix” by calling for a voice vote when the house chamber was nearly deserted. A few Republicans were not pleased by the maneuver as reported by The Hill:
“Outrageous,” Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) told The Hill after complaining about the maneuver to a colleague. “I think it’s outrageous.”
“Bullshit,” said a visibly annoyed Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) as he emerged from the floor following the Ukraine vote. When Mulvaney was asked to comment about the upcoming GOP budget, he replied: “I can’t talk about the budget because I’m so pissed about the [doc fix].”
While Democrats generally did not support the Doc Fix as passed, they mainly seemed bemused by the house leadership antics:
Asked if the maneuver was sneaky, [Gerry] Connolly [D. Va.] quoted the fictional Frank Underwood, a master of Washington subterfuge from Netflix’s “House of Cards” series.
“To quote the ‘House of Cards,’ you might say that, you might very well say that. But I cannot comment,” he quipped.
“I’ve been dying to do that,” he added.
Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), the retiring dean of the House, mused to reporters, “I’ve seen a lot of dumb things, but I’ve never seen anything as comical as this.”
Maybe one of the reasons Democrats were not in high dudgeon after the event is because they are so used to being railroaded that calling for a voice vote when no one is paying attention was a novel path to the inevitable conclusion. Or maybe Democrats were not quite as animated as Republicans because they knew about an Obamacare compromise tucked into the language of the Doc Fix bill.
Not only did Republican house leadership slip the Doc Fix through while no one was looking, they included a fix to Obamacare that dealt with the plans that could be offered by small business owners for their employees.
The reason the small business plan update is a compromise is because it represents one of the only times that Republicans have allowed an actual fix to address a problem with Obamacare, rather than trying to kill the entire law or without including poison pill measures that if passed would make the law unsustainable. As proof of how objectionable most house Republicans would find the compromise, consider that the Doc fix, including the Obamacare update was passed by the Senate and signed into law by President Obama.
According to Wonkwire:
It is unclear how many members of the House rank and file knew of it because the legislation was passed by a highly unusual voice vote without debate.”
Which tells me that If Republicans Were Upset Over Passing The Doc Fix By Voice Vote… just wait ’til they hear about the Obamacare compromise that was included.