After failing to pass their cruel Health bill known as Trumpcare, Senate Republicans are back at playing politics with the nation’s healthcare system, now proposing a bogus ‘single-payer healthcare system’ that they clearly don’t support in order to use it as a political weapon against Democrats.
On Wednesday afternoon, GOP Senator Steve Daines (Mont.) filed an amendment to implement a government-funded system in a political maneuver aimed at forcing Democrats to say whether or not they support the concept that the left has dreamed about for decades.
To be clear, Daines doesn’t support a single-payer system. But a vote on the amendment has been scheduled for Thursday. It’s almost like a cruel joke played on the American people.
The vote would be part of the ObamaCare repeal bill vote-a-rama — a rapid succession of amendments that can last hours, and could stretch through the night and into the next early morning to force their colleagues across the aisle to take tough votes, which can be turned into political attack ads later.
But Democrats are not falling for the cruel stunt designed to divide the party on the issue of single-payer healthcare, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Wednesday.
“The Democratic caucus will not participate in the Republicans’ sham process. No amendment will get a vote until we see the final legislation and know what bill we are amending,” Sander’s spokesperson Josh Miller-Lewis told Vox Wednesday night.
“Once Republicans show us their final bill, Sen. Sanders looks forward to getting a vote on his amendment that makes clear the Senate believes that the United States must join every major country and guarantee health care as a right, not a privilege.”
Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist who caucuses with the Democrats, has been among Congress’s most vocal and fervent supporters of “Medicare for all.”
Some Senate Democrats have begun to move their support toward a government-funded healthcare system, such as Sens. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and Kamala Harris (Calif.).
But Democratic lawmakers have focused primarily, at least for the moment, on opposing Republicans’ attempts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act with their inferior healthcare legislation designed to give massive tax cuts for the wealthy.