Senator John Thune says passing a multi-year Highway Bill is critical. But highway funding isn’t so important than Senator Thune won’t stop to grandstand on the Affordable Care Act. Yesterday he and his little buddy Senator Mike Rounds voted for an amendment that would have added ACA repeal to the Highway Bill.
Repealing ACA fills no pothole. It would increase the deficit, meaning less money for roads and other priorities.
The amendment in question failed 49–43. It would have repealed both the Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act passed one week after the ACA in 2010 to amend the health care law. So not only did John Thune and Mike Rounds vote to take away the guarantee that your insurer won’t yank your insurance when you get sick or hurt, but they also voted to do away with student loan reform that set a lower cap on loan payments, expanded loan forgiveness for good-faith borrowers who make timely payments, increased federal aid to schools serving poor and minority students, and increased Pell grants.
In other words, Senator Thune and Senator Rounds want Americans to have more student debt and less health insurance.
Update 09:05 CDT: The Senate rejected Senator Mike Lee’s (R-UT) effort to add Planned Parenthood defunding to the Highway Bill, with the Senate chair declaring Lee’s amendment out of order and not germane to the Highway Bill. Parliamentarians, help me understand how repealing the Affordable Care Act and student loan reform is any more german to the Highway Bill than taking health services away from women?