As you may recall, Rep. Eric Cantor’s obsessive-compulsive desire to get the House to enact his “making life work” agenda of apples from various conservative think-tank barrels got off track when he experienced an unexpected uprising against his “Helping Sick Americans Now” bill. Since no House Democrats were available to help Cantor “cannibilize” (in the words of one of the bill’s supporters) Obamacare implementation money to prop up a transitional high-risk insurance pool offering crappy insurance at high prices, a conservative revolt based on the fear someone might think Republicans were trying to “fix” health reform was enough to get the bill yanked. Some House freshmen complained they hadn’t had a chance to vote for Obamacare’s total repeal (previously passed by the House 36 times).

Now Cantor’s offering another Obamacare repeal vote for the freshmen, and then, once the red meat is fully devoured, he can finally get Republicans to vote for his let-em-eat-bad-insurance bill.

This is, unfortunately, what passes for a “health care policy debate” in the GOP these days.

Our ideas can save democracy... But we need your help! Donate Now!

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.