If I didn’t know better, I’d think the Democrats were holding a contest to see who could say the most ironic thing about the Republican plan to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.
One of the frontrunners is onetime Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who said the GOP plan to repeal the law is an “act of cowardice.” This from a woman who presided over back-door meetings to cram this law through Congress without a single minority-party vote.
Several commentators have complained that uprooting Obamacare will leave many Americans without doctors or health care, prompting Brian Phillips, former senior communications adviser for Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign, to tweet:
After taking away people's doctors and health care, Dems now claiming GOP will take away people's doctors and health care. Orwellian!
— Brian Phillips (@RealBPhil) January 4, 2017
But if there is a winner so far, it has got to be Rep. Elijah Cummings, who began his comments by noting that the Republicans “have had seven years to” replace the unpopular law “and haven’t done it yet.” Cummings conveniently leaves out the eighth year — the year Obamacare was signed into law — but that is because the GOP proposed dozens of recommendations, such as the portability of premiums across state lines, all of which were summarily dismissed by the party in power. As for the seven years since, House Republicans have introduced more than 400 individual bills designed to improve our nation’s health care system. None got past the president’s desk…