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White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Wednesday it is “literally impossible” to predict the effects of the House Republican plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare.
“There are so many variables that are unknown,” Spicer told reporters. “It seems almost impossible.”
They aren’t really trying, are they?
This is the tricky part: Republicans keep rushing to crank a bill into law without knowing what it does, which in its own seems strange enough given that rushing a bill took its turn in the conservative complaint carousel along the way to the Affordable Care Act. So in this context it seems strange that Republicans want to get this done before the Congressional Budget Office can score the ACA repeal plan, but there is also the fact that, as Jordan Fabian explains for The Hill, “Spicer was pushing back on critics who accuse Republicans of moving too fast on a proposal that could reshape the U.S. healthcare system without knowing its true impact”. And this would seem pretty important.
The pitch here is that in order to achieve certain improvement, we must rush to undertake a course when we don’t know where it leads. The Press Secretary might as well suggest that jumping off the cliff beats just standing there since, at the very least, you’re going somewhere instead of going nowhere. And, after all, we don’t really know what will happen if we jump off the cliff, so hurry up and take a flying leap.
Or, you know, the next time a conservative reminds that government doesn’t work, thank them for their efforts because it couldn’t happen without them.
Look, they are not specifically anti-American, but, rather, generally antisocial.
Image note: White House press secretary Sean Spicer delivers his first statement in the Brady press briefing room at the White House in Washington, D.C. on 21 January 2017. (Shawn Thew/EPA)
Fabian, Jordan. “Spicer: ‘Literally impossible’ to predict ObamaCare repeal bill’s effects”. The Hill. 3 May 2017.