Conservative pundits have been all over Democrats in recent weeks for supposedly handing Republicans political gifts, such as Hillary Clinton and former Attorney General Eric Holder recently advocating for fighting Republicans more aggressively.
Now GOP Leader Mitch McConnell has handed Democrats a trifecta of political gifts within the course of a couple days—a rather stunning display of either hubris or stupidity. It’s hard to know exactly which, or maybe he’s trolling for more cash from Republican donors. But in the midst of GOP candidates trying to rewrite their history on attempting to strip tens of millions of Americans of health care coverage, McConnell has been openly advocating for further attacks to healthcare access on three separate fronts.
In a Tuesday interview with Bloomberg news, McConnell not only lobbied for cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, he defended the Trump administration’s lawsuit seeking to kill pre-existing conditions coverage.
“It’s no secret that we preferred to start over” to repeal and replace Obamacare, he said. That vote failed in 2017. “So no, I don’t fault the administration for trying to give us an opportunity to do this differently and to go in a different direction,” the majority leader said.
Never mind the fact that the GOP had two years of unilateral control to “start over” on healthcare coverage, and couldn’t pass a damn thing.
McConnell followed up on that Bloomberg bomb with a Reuters interview Wednesday in which he promised to take another whack at dismantling the Affordable Care Act, if Republicans end up with enough power to do it following the midterms.
“If we had the votes to completely start over, we’d do it. But that depends on what happens in a couple weeks,” McConnell explained.