Overnight the US Senate passed a budget to pave the way for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
The New York Times Reported:
The vote was 51 to 48. During the roll call, Democrats staged a highly unusual protest on the Senate floor to express their dismay and anger at the prospect that millions of Americans could lose health insurance coverage.
One by one, Democrats rose to voice their objections. Senator Maria Cantwell of Washington said that Republicans were “stealing health care from Americans.” Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon said he was voting no “because health care should not just be for the healthy and wealthy.”
Senator Chuck Schumer from New York stated:
The Senate Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer of New York, called the Republicans’ repeal plan “irresponsible and rushed” and urged them to halt their push to unravel the law.
“Don’t put chaos in place of affordable care,” he said.
However, Republicans stated that:
“This is our opportunity to keep our campaign promise,” said Senator Roger Wicker, Republican of Mississippi. “This is our opportunity to help the president-elect and the vice president-elect keep their campaign promises and show to the American people that elections have consequences.”
The Senate held a late night session and took the first hit at repealing Obamacare under the cover of night. One must ask themselves if the repeal of Obamacare is so popular why did the Senate wait until 1:30 am to deliver the first “blow”. Regardless of which side of the aisle you sit on it isn’t good for American to have the government pass legislation while its people are sleeping. Waking up this morning could be alarming for the millions of people enrolled in Obamacare. Yes, the new Senate majority is clearing the way for the new Presidents agenda and has the majority. But, if this new congress wants to “drain the swamp” it must work with Democrats trying to protect their voters and approve legislation in the open for all to see.
Source: New York Times