Matt Miller at the Washington Post hits the nail on the head:
Republicans need to pass a law that the Congressional Budget Office certifies will cover the same number of uninsured as the Democratic health reform does – 30 million. And it has to do it at lower cost.
As Miller says in his piece, the President should challenge the Republicans to do exactly this, often and loudly. Why? Because the Republicans can’t do it. They don’t have a plan. Their focus is to repeal the healthcare bill, and that’s it. They don’t have a replacement plan, they don’t want one.
Especially since the current healthcare bill is actually based on Republican-backed plans. So they want to repeal a plan that was their idea to start with. How exactly do you justify repealing something you thought of, and what do you replace it with, if that was your best idea to start with?
But to be sure, they don’t want to replace it. Replacing it means a more difficult set of decisions that won’t play well with their base. So instead, they’ll keep up this ridiculous kabuki dance, pretending to pass a bill that has zero chance of actually repealing the healthcare law. They know this, and plan to find ways to defund the healthcare bill.
Meanwhile, they’ve taken no action whatsoever on creating jobs. Still.