September 20, 2017

After a terse interview with Graham-Cassidy sponsor Sen. Bill Cassidy, CNN's Alisyn Camerota asked Sen. Angus King to give his own perspective on the ACA repeal bill.

"We have two problems here," King said.

"I think the bill itself is a bad bill, but the process is just atrocious. It came out of nowhere. It was negotiated behind closed doors. They will have one hearing on Monday, and I call it a 'fig leaf' hearing. We have had a bipartisan process going on for the last month and that has been aborted now because this thing has sort of taken over the action. In the meantime, we are not going to take simple steps next week to bring down premiums for next year. It's really a tragedy.

"One of the sponsors said yesterday he's rooting for chaos," he said, referring to comments by Lindsey Graham.

" 'If you don't pass our bill, you will get chaos, because we will not fix the problems in the Affordable Care Act and we will let it collapse,' and that's irresponsible."

It reminds me of the old National Lampoon cover: "If you don't buy this magazine, we'll kill this dog."

Who said Republicans don't have a sense of humor?

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