My understanding of this political non-sense.
The Republicans have the majority in the House of Representatives and the Senate. Republicans have many opportunities to make peopleís lives better. But, instead they are arguing about how much pain to inflict. They, the Republicans could solved the few problems of the Affordable Care Act and make life better for millions of people.
(and greatly increase the odds of being re-elected in 2018)
In the House, the issue that divided conservatives and moderates was: How much of Obamacare is going to be repealed? Naturally, they compromised somewhere in the middle. And no one was happy. This process has now been repeated in the Senate, where the primary issue is: How much should Medicaid spending be cut?
The bottom line: All 3 proposals introduced in the US Congress that last two months have one thing in common. The removal/repeal of the 3.8 percent tax on people earning more than $200,000 a year.
Several organizations have financially backed the Republicans the past 7 years to have this done.
What the wealthy American white-man wants and what the middle class and poor need are clear opposites.
This played out here recently in Nevada (where I live) a couple of weeks ago.
Take Republican Nevada Senator Dean Heller. Nevada accepted federal Medicaid expansion, insuring an additional 220,000 people. The Republican state governor Brian Sandoval, like Heller, opposes attempts to pare that back. Yet Heller faces a tough re-election next year; and conservative financial backers are so furious over his refusal to endorse the Senate health reform bill, they have run TV ads against him and they are considering funding a candidate to oppose him in the Republican primary.
Even in the "Red" states, 63 percent of the voters are oppose to bills that cut back on Medicare(healthcare for the elderly) and Medicaid(Healthcare for the poor)....to pay for tax cuts to the wealthy.
The thing that happened to Nevada's Dean Heller will most likely happen state to state.
Heller is caught in an impossible political vice. Itís a scenario that could easily play out in state after state across the country. Next year was supposed to be an especially good year for Senate Republican candidates. Now it appears they could lose the Senate altogether.
What makes this especially surprising is that the congressional Republicans created this political vice all on their own. They got no help whatsoever from Democrats.