Montana Republican Senator Steve Daines has proposed an amendment to the Republican health care bill that would force Democrats’ hands on a single-payer system by implementing government-run, single-payer insurance, according to The Washington Examiner.
Daines doesn’t support single-payer, but wants to push vulnerable Democrats who’re up for reelection in red districts to effectively make a choice on their party’s liberal agenda.
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The Senate is considering legislation to partially repeal Obamacare. The floor debate process is poised to enter the amendment phase, during which senators can offer hundreds of proposals to alter the underlying bill. Daines’ single-payer amendment is a carbon copy of one offered in the House by Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich.
The Conyers bill, with more than 100 Democratic cosponsors, proposes to create a program the legislation describes as “Medicare for All.” According to the bill’s language, “all individuals residing in the United States would be covered.” To pay for the program, Conyers proposes raising income taxes on the top 5 percent of earners, plus hiking taxes on payroll and self-imployment income, unearned income, and stock and bond transactions.
Naturally, Democrats might reject the opportunity to vote for the amendment on the grounds it’s a political stunt.
Nevertheless, the point is made.