So here we are, 7 years and one day after the ACA was signed into law by B. Hussein O. and after eleventybillion prior votes to repeal the law when it didn't matter, the House might finally vote on an ACA "replacement" bill via a process that actually involves all the mythical process horrors the GOP likes to claim went on during passage of the ACA itself. As always, it's projection with the GOP. Meanwhile President of the United States and poor man's Roger Goodell Donald Trump has laid down the Art of the DealTM and declared that either the GOP passes this horrible monstrosity of a bill or he will move on to more important things because this whole healthcare business is boring and stupid and who cares anyway? Wah.
What's going to happen? I'm still worried that the AHCA will pass, the Senate then modifies it in a way to move it from absolute horrible monstrosity to just horrible monstrosity, and it eventually makes it's way to Donald's desk for signature. Hopefully not.
Meanwhile, whatever happens here the next small item on the agenda is... tax reform! Easy! Actually, my guess is that if the AHCA goes down in flames, Trump will tell Ryan to piss-off on the destination based cash flow tax (DBCFT) pipe dream and move to a more "traditional" approach to tax reform because there will be a need for a "win"! And any significant tax bill that passes, no matter how un-reform like it is, will be declared a glorious victory and shut up.
But hey, maybe 24 million people will lose their insurance and they can declare that glorious too.
Meanwhile, the flailing about would be amusing if it wasn't so potentially deadly. Honestly, I'd trade tax cuts for the rich for leaving the ACA alone in a heartbeat (if such a trade could be made to stick, which it can't). What say y'all?
Update: Should have noted that the vote is scheduled for 3:30. Don't know if they will keep it open for hours and hours or what. If it fails expect Trump to lay all the blame at Paul Ryan's feet. "He's in charge of the House and he couldn't even get a bill through. Weak. Sad!" It will also let Trump take the lead on "tax reform."