Tuesday, July 25, 2017
How sharper than a serpent's tooth
It is to have a thankless Senator. And this modification of the original Shakespeare is well applied to the senior Senator from Arizona, John McCain. Except for a brief interlude in North Vietnam, John has had access to the best government provided health care possible from his cradle in Panama to his imminent grave. And to say thank you to all the taxpayers who have ponied up for this, he is dragging his own sick self back to DC to vote for the repeal of the ACA and the elimination of health insurance for over 30 Million of his fellow citizens.
Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, is set to arrive at the Capitol at 2:45 p.m., despite a diagnosis of brain cancer, to cast his vote on whether to begin debating legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act.Nice to know these evil fuckers have a backup plan if their Plan C fails. It remains to be seen if the ever appreciative Sen. McCain will be around for that vote. His cancer is an aggressive kind, the same kind that killed his friend Ted Kennedy.
After seven months of strategizing, debate and closed-door meetings, the Senate finally is voting. Senate Republican leaders can afford to lose only two Republicans. One is almost certainly gone, Senator Susan Collins of Maine. Senators Dean Heller of Nevada, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska are still on the fence, but leaders think they can win them over. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, one of the most vocal opponents of the Republican bill to replace the health care law, now appears ready to at least debate it.
If the motion to begin debate passes, the first vote will be on legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a replacement. That is likely to fail, and would be followed by a vote on the Senate Republican bill to replace the health law.
If that also fails, Senate leaders may fall back on a narrow bill that repeals the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that nearly everyone have health insurance, a separate mandate that most employers offer their employees health insurance and a repeal of the medical device tax.
The goal of that would be to simply get senators to negotiations with the House on a final repeal measure.
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