The U.S. House of Representatives looks likely to hold another vote tomorrow to repeal Obamacare, and the margins for a successful repeal appear to be razor thin. Speaker Ryan has gotten the ultra-conservative Freedom Caucus onboard, and is now buying back the moderates he lost with his bargain with the Freedom Caucus.
Michigan congressman Fred Upton was purchased with an $8 billion down-payment towards pre-existing condition coverage, even though its only $62 per American with a preexisting condition. Representatives Upton, an influential voice in Republican health policy, and Billy Long of Missouri, a close ally of President Trump’s, told reporters after a meeting with Mr. Trump on Wednesday that they had been won over.
In the first repeal vote, Don Young was quoted as saying that Speaker Ryan was on his knees begging for Young’s vote. Will Young sell his vote? Will he get something good for it?
The bottom line is that Alaska gets the shortest end of the stick on these repeal efforts. Young and Murkowski have been pretty strong in their convictions that they don’t want a repeal that hurts Alaska. Ted Stevens’ quote, “To hell with politics, just do what’s right for Alaska.” has to be ringing in Young’s head.