This GoErie.com editorial lays bare the cowardice, cynicism, and “pass the buck” mentality at the heart of Rep. Thompson’s support for the AHCA. He is not actually trying to solve America’s healthcare problems, but rather voting to repeal a law that, based on seven years of GOP misinformation, GT thinks 70% of his constituents want to see repealed (he used this statistic in a recent meeting with a constituent, as you saw in the recent post here from Karen Drosnes, and he made a similar claim to me in March). However, we all know that the AHCA will be far, far worse, and is essentially only a tax cut for the wealthiest Americans. It is far from the “taking care of everybody” and “great coverage” that President Trump promised.
If GT thinks that we are going to forget his vote, or somehow blame it entirely on the Senate, he is sorely mistaken.
Here’s an excerpt; I recommend reading the entire piece:
House Republicans, including U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-5th Dist., demurred when questioned about the deeply unpopular and flawed American Health Care Act passed by Thompson and other Republicans in May. . . .
“I’ve always said with humility, this is not the be-all, fix-all, ” Thompson said. “This bill … is a good start.”
The Senate, he suggested, would improve it.
The public, Democratic senators and even many Republican senators have no way of knowing whether that’s happening. Led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, 13 Republican senators, including Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey, in a few short weeks cooked up their version behind closed doors in a cynical effort to conceal from their constituents details of policy governing matters of life and death, not to mention a sector that makes up one-sixth of the national economy.