The irony is heavy: Congressional Republicans refuse to fund a bill to fight the Zika virus without tying it to a repeal of Obamacare. Proving that Republicans place partisanship above principle.
How exactly can these Republicans can call themselves “pro-life” when treating life-and-death issues so callously is beyond my understanding:
Senate Republicans were only willing to cough up a little more than half of what public health agencies say is necessary to fight Zika. The third proposal would have also offered $1.1 billion, but pay for it with money from the Affordable Care Act’s Prevention and Public Health Fund, making some people sicker to make other people well. That failed cloture as well, but received 52 votes, more than the president’s full funding request.
Great. The House and Senate bills are expected to take several months to reconcile before any funding could actually be allocated. And I’m sure that Zika-infected mosquitoes will be considerate enough to not propagate or bite anyone during these summer months while they figure out yet another way to hit at Obamacare.
Important note about Obamacare: This week it was announced that, thanks to ACA, the percentage of insured Americans has risen to 90%, a new record. That’s a ‘win’ for President Obama that the GOP just can’t have, so naturally, holding Zika funding hostage to the repeal of Obamacare will have the double effect of making sure even more Americans get ill from potentially fatal diseases.
The Party of Life, indeed.