Well. Isn’t THIS interesting?
Just minutes before the White House slammed a House GOP bill aimed at President Barack Obama’s “if you like it, you can keep it” promise regarding health care plans, the No. 2 House Democrat said he was open to supporting the proposed change to the Affordable Care Act.
House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer’s willingness to consider voting for the bill, scheduled for floor consideration on Friday, underscores the difficulty many Democrats face in wanting to deal with the dust-up over health insurance policy cancellations while still supporting the president.
“I don’t know what I’m gonna do on the Upton bill,” the Maryland Democrat said at a Tuesday briefing with reporters when discussing legislation sponsored by Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich.
Hoyer noted that he was “inclined not to be for the Upton bill at this time,” but he emphasized that he was “not closed to the option,” and would “reserve judgment” until he had seen the legislative text, which is reportedly undergoing some tweaks.
You know, in a world that was even slightly less willing to humor Nancy Pelosi’s delusions, Steny Hoyer would be House Minority Leader right now. I wonder if that ever gnaws on the man’s entrails? – Because it’s almost certain that Hoyer is convinced that he’d be a better opposition leader than Pelosi is. God knows it wouldn’t be hard.
Not much else to say here, except of course that Democrats will be dealing with tough votes like these for, oh, the rest of their political careers. Or until they wise up and repeal Obamacare.
If WH loses Hoyer on the Upton bill, not sure how they keep the floodgates from opening in both chambers http://t.co/w2ZTH7tTH9
— Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis) November 12, 2013