Included in the bill was a provision that repeals the Affordable Care Act's "individual mandate", and another provision that enables (oil/natural gas) drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Similarly, I would be surprised if the Affordable Care Act didn't include at least a few provisions seemingly unrelated to healthcare. Extreme partisanship is undoubtedly the driver of this type of legislative packaging, and I think the method is damaging to democracy, on the whole. Especially when the final, massive (several hundred pages long) bill is released only several days or a couple of weeks before the vote is set to take place.

posted by johnnyFive: 212 days ago