In the next day or so, Senate Republicans are expected to take their first vote in a health care crusade that has consumed Congress for the past six months.
Nobody knows what they're voting on. Nobody knows if it can pass. Nobody is even sure if the Senate's plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, as a policy, can even work.
It is a bewildering state of affairs — and health insurance for millions of poor and middle-class Americans hangs in the balance.
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Every path forward that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has floated appears to lack the necessary support of 50 Republicans. Nevertheless, Senate leaders are promising to vote within the next 36 hours, without a workable bill, a final Congressional Budget Office score, or perhaps even the votes to pass anything.
"Mitch McConnell is Doc Brown — 'Where we're going, we don't need roads,'" a Republican health care lobbyist quipped on Monday morning, referencing the cinematic classic Back to the Future.
Confusion and uncertainty are the order of the day. But this, as best as we can tell, is what's going on.