Posted on | April 6, 2014 | 8 Comments
“Maybe you say it helps (Obamacare), but it really helps the small businessman,” said Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., one of several physician-lawmakers among Republicans and an advocate of repeal.
No member of the House GOP leadership has publicly hailed the fix, which was tucked, at Republicans’ request, into legislation preventing a cut in payments to doctors who treat Medicare patients.
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.
Ah, the “Doc Fix”. Coburn was an apologist of sorts for the idea:
“If you vote for this bill that’s on the floor today, you’re part of the problem. You’re not part of the solution,” Coburn said. “It’s a sham, it’s a lie. The pay-fors aren’t true. It’s nothing but gimmicks. It’s corruptible. There’s no integrity in what we’re getting ready to vote on.”
The only real question remaining is whether conservatives have been foolish in trying to reform the GOP in some way, and restore it to some sort of useful state. I’m very slightly biased in favor of that sentiment, but increasingly wonder if this GOP dog can still hunt at all.