Political Animal


May 08, 2013 3:53 PM Two Obsessions Collide, Then Converge

By Ed Kilgore

As you may recall, Rep. Eric Cantor’s obsessive-compulsive desire to get the House to enact his “making life work” agenda of apples from various conservative think-tank barrels got off track when he experienced an unexpected uprising against his “Helping Sick Americans Now” bill. Since no House Democrats were available to help Cantor “cannibilize” (in the words of one of the bill’s supporters) Obamacare implementation money to prop up a transitional high-risk insurance pool offering crappy insurance at high prices, a conservative revolt based on the fear someone might think Republicans were trying to “fix” health reform was enough to get the bill yanked. Some House freshmen complained they hadn’t had a chance to vote for Obamacare’s total repeal (previously passed by the House 36 times).

Now Cantor’s offering another Obamacare repeal vote for the freshmen, and then, once the red meat is fully devoured, he can finally get Republicans to vote for his let-em-eat-bad-insurance bill.

This is, unfortunately, what passes for a “health care policy debate” in the GOP these days.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • Cranky Observer on May 08, 2013 4:26 PM:

    Wow - so now we get the obnoxious ghostover ad and then, after we dismiss that, a pop-across that covers the newest story? Are you _trying_ to drive away your on-line readers?

  • c u n d gulag on May 08, 2013 4:55 PM:

    I'm looking forward, not without trepidation, to the day when their ravenous, rabid base, devours their most "squishy" political leaders.

    That day is coming soon.

    What's scary, are the ravenous, rabid, and insane, beasts that survive that red-meat feeding-frenzy.