But Steve Benen noted something yesterday that I didn't see many other people catch. He commented on this report from The Hill.
House Republicans signaled Thursday they will not follow rules in President Obama's healthcare law that were designed to speed Medicare cuts through Congress.(link added by me)
The House is set to vote Thursday afternoon on rules for the 113th Congress. The rules package says the House won't comply with fast-track procedures for the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) — a controversial cost-cutting board Republicans have long resisted.
The rules package signals that Republicans might not bring up Medicare cuts recommended by the IPAB — blocking part of a politically controversial law, and resisting Medicare spending cuts.
Benen's commentary focuses on the hypocrisy of Republicans insisting on reducing spending for Medicare while they promise to not follow the law in Obamacare that cuts costs in Medicare. He's totally right to point that out. But of course most of us have gotten used to the idea of Republicans being hypocritical when it comes to fiscal issues.
The bigger issue to me is the idea of House Republicans writing rules that require them to break a law passed by Congress and signed by the President. I have to wonder if a Congress has ever done that before.
Imagine the implications...a Congress that gets to decide which laws they abide by and which ones they reject. That's a MUCH bigger issue than hypocrisy - its a recipe for chaos.
What is behind this is a Republican Party that is refusing to live by the rules of representative democracy. If they don't like the law, their option is to pass a bill to change it. They've been unable to do that - and so they're just going rogue.