Senator Cory Booker is one of the most outspoken Senators of the Democratic Party. He recently appeared on CNN’s segment, “State of the Union” and spoke to Jake Tapper. The discussion was about his party and the new repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act. Where he announced that while he is open to working with Republicans on the bill his opponents can’t just force it down people’s throats.
Tapper pushed Booker on the issue and asked if he and his colleagues of blue have an obligation to work with a Republicans and roll up their sleeves since a replacement is going to come no matter what with a President willing to sign off on it. Tapper said,
“Look, Republicans are going to repeal and replace Obamacare. It’s happening. And they have a president who will sign them into law. Don’t you, as a member of the Senate, have an obligation to get in there, join them and try to improve the bill?”
“Well, I mean that’s really where we are. The Republicans cannot just force this down our throats. It’s going to knock a lot of folks off, hurt long-term care, hurt good working-class folks. So, I don’t understand this, almost. I don’t understand their political strategy, because this is bad politics. But deeper than that, this is bad policy and bad process.”
However, his comments ar not entirely accurate. With a supermajority in Congress, the Senate, and the White House the Republican Party can do almost whatever they want if they have the internal support of their own party members. Especially given their public admittance of seeking to use the budget reconciliation process to avoid Senate filibusters.
The Democratic Party also passed the Affordable Care Act in 2010 without any Republican support. His own party isn’t that much different from the one in which he is so publicly criticizing. Booker said,
“This shouldn’t be about politics. This is about real people in America who will be hurt immediately. This is akin to shoving someone off a cliff and as they’re falling down, saying ‘Don’t worry, we’re going to figure this out before you get to the bottom.’,
While Democrats seek to act as though they have a moral superiority they would do well to look themselves in the mirror before so profusely denouncing the current party in power.
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