But Maybe They Are Not Capable of Thought
If and when a health care bill passes the House the Senate Republicans want to rush it through the Senate. The reason for the haste if obvious, if people understand what is going on they will oppose it.
“Mitch McConnell is being tasked with fixing what GOP senators and House members say is a flawed Obamacare repeal proposal — one with little to no chance of passing in that chamber in its current form — in a week’s time.
The Senate leader and his deputies are nevertheless barreling ahead — assuming a health care bill clears the House Thursday in what’s expected to be a razor-thin vote. Senate leaders say they have a plan to jam through legislation on a party-line vote next week before opposition has time to bubble up.”
Now normally Congress holds hearings on major legislation, giving supporters and detractors a voice in trying to have a rational debate on the issues. But not this time. The House held no hearings and it looks like the Senate is also shutting down an free speech on the issue.
Senate Republicans are unlikely to hold any committee hearings, and many of them haven’t even read what the House is about to pass. It’s unclear, to put it mildly, how proponents can placate enough moderates or conservatives to get the bill across the finish line.
But GOP leaders are showing no signs of applying the brakes.
“We’re not slowing down,” McConnell said on Tuesday. “We will reach a conclusion on health care next week.”
No, we don’t know what to call this either. But we do know that democracy it ain’t.