Back in the days when a vote to repeal ObamaCare was consequence free, nearly every Senate Republican voted for repeal. Those senators knew that President Obama’s veto would take them off the hook for any repercussions. Today, any senator who votes against simply proceeding to debate ObamaCare is doing so for just one reason: “to avoid accountability,” writes Kimberley Strassel.
If the bill were brought to the Senate floor for debate, here’s what voters would clearly understand, Ms. Strassel informs WSJ readers:
- The gigantic Medicaid payoff Rob Portman (OH), Dean Heller (NV) and West Virginia’s helley Moore Capito (WV) are demanding for their support.
- Supposed conservative Bob Corker (TN) voting against pro-growth tax cuts.
- Mike Lee offering changes to ObamaCare mandates that don’t get a dozen votes. That’s how unpopular his position is.
- Rand Paul (KY) voting against all reform ideas—no matter how good—because they still weren’t good enough for Rand Paul.
- Lisa Murkowski (AK) cynically voting against the same repeal-only amendment she supported in 2015, back when it didn’t matter.
- Lindsey Graham (SC) and Bill Cassidy (LA) cast the only two votes for a bill they’ve been pushing—and confusing everyone with—for weeks.
And we don’t have term limits why?