After being on the verge of again failing to advance legislation that repeals the Affordable Care Act, Republicans finally think they have enough votes to ram it through the GOP-controlled House of Representatives.
As I wrote earlier tonight, the House plans to hold a vote on the measure on Thursday – tomorrow. While it’s likely to come down to the wire, Republicans think they have enough support to pass it.
In the event that it does clear the lower chamber of Congress as expected, each Republican member of the House who votes in favor of this disastrous and deadly piece of legislation should start looking for work – and fast.
This is political suicide, and everybody knows it.
It’s apparent by the flood of grassroots activists that have turned up at town hall events and marches across the country – often in deeply red regions – to stand up and tell their representatives to protect the Affordable Care Act.
It’s also obvious in public opinion polling, which shows that Trumpcare – in its less extreme, earlier version – was disastrously unpopular. And that was before it stripped the protections that are now in the current version of the bill.
According to a recent Quinnipiac survey, just 17 percent of the country approve of the legislation. That means, in an age of hyperpartisan polarization, Americans of all political stripes – yes, even Trump voters – actually agree on something – that Trumpcare is terrible.
So, for Republicans, the only thing politically worse than falling short in their attempts to approve this bill is actually coming up with the votes to pass it.
Now they have to deal with the consequences: Millions of Americans getting kicked off their coverage and many more losing essential benefits that give them services and treatments they rely on to live.
Every member of Congress that makes the cold-hearted, politically suicidal decision to put their name on this legislation on Thursday should save themselves the time and not even launch a re-election campaign come 2018.
Instead, they should start looking for another line of work.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.