Please, please, spare me the “but the other side does the same thing” arguments.
I concede before you remind me, that Dems, have, in the past, done the same thing when they were passing unpopular legislation. Even the ACA, which was ram-rodded in some respects, was a lot more open to debate and the amendment process than the process the Republicans have offered, but I agree that the boundaries of principled processes were crossed.
If the justification is that the ACA was accomplished in an unprincipled way and Republicans are just attempting to undo that wrong by any means necessary, then really what you’re saying is that principles don’t matter. Really what we have is a race to the bottom…
Now that we are past that, in principle, how should a process like this work?
Are you ok with the latest version of repeal, the Graham-Casidy bill?
If you are ok with this, can you see the Dems racing to the bottom to create laws that you vehemently oppose?
Imagine firearm legislation that makes the sale of pre-made bullets illegal on the justification that it does not prevent people from owing or even shooting firearms (everyone can but the supplies to amke bullets) and is pushed though using similar methods to those being used in healthcare?