Republicans have their own Obamacare now
WASHINGTON -- Congratulations, Republicans. Now you have your own Obamacare.
Emerging from their caucus meeting in the Capitol basement Tuesday morning, House Republicans were jubilant about their tax bill, which was on course to clear Congress on Wednesday.
"It's a total winner," said Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va. "And I never lie."
Veteran Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., observed: "They're pretty giddy in there."
Rep. Neal Dunn, R-Fla., a urologist, announced: "This is good medicine for America."
And for that prescription, added Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., "you don't need a second opinion."
The deeply unpopular bill has the support of only a third of Americans, most of whom (correctly) perceive that it's a giveaway to rich people and big corporations. "Any concerns that this won't translate into a political win for Republicans?" ABC News's Mary Bruce asked House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.
"No concerns whatsoever," Ryan replied. He blamed the bill's unpopularity on opponents and the media spreading "mistruths" and said opinions will improve when people experience what's in the bill. "When people see their withholding improving and see bigger paychecks, a simpler tax code," Ryan said, "results will make this popular."
Where have I heard this before? Ah, yes, it was March 2010, as Obamacare was about to clear the House. Then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said people should look beyond the "controversies" surrounding the bill, to when people experience its "very exciting" benefits. "We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it," she said.