The Hoover Institution’s Lanhee Chen joined me this morning to discuss failure to move forward on debate on health care bill next week:
HH: I’m joined by Lanhee Chen. He is the David and Diane Steffy research scholar at the Hoover Institution, along with Avik Roy, one of the two great policy authorities here. But I want to talk politics for a bit this morning, Lanhee. Good morning, thank you for getting up early to talk to me.
LC: Hey, Hugh, good to be with you.
HH: What are the consequences of senators, four senators who vote no on the motion to proceed to debate next week?
LC: Well, the consequence is we are stuck with Obamacare. I mean, that’s really what this comes down to. There’s really no more obfuscating the point, Hugh, and that is that if we can’t get to debate on this bill, if senators don’t vote to proceed to debate on the bill, we are basically acknowledging that Obamacare is going to remain the law of the land, and all we are going to be able to do is tweak it around the edges. That’s really what this is. And you can primp and you can preen, and you can pretend like it’s about principle, but really, this is about a basic function of why a Republican Congress got elected, and that is to repeal and replace the law. And you can’t do that if you don’t even vote on the basic motion to go to debate.