Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Last night Mitch lost 2 Senators
When Ted Cruz's mini-me Mike Lee and his own mini-me Jerry Moran came out against Mitch McConnell's Killer "health Care" Bill it effectively killed any hope of the bills passage at this time. With a mindless base howling for repeal of the ACA/Obamacare and an equally mindless President too Mitch had to do something. So he threw ACA/Obamacare repeal off the cliff.
With their bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act in tatters, Senate leaders on Tuesday pushed to vote on a different measure that would repeal major parts of President Barack Obama’s health law without a replacement — but that plan appeared also to collapse.Despite controlling the White House and both Houses of Congress the frequently delusional President Trump thinks the people will blame the Democrats. One thing is certain, he and the Republicans will be all over Fux Nooz trying to sell that bullshit.
Senators Susan Collins of Maine, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, all Republicans, immediately declared they could not vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a replacement — enough to doom the effort before it could get any momentum.
“I did not come to Washington to hurt people,” Ms. Capito said in a statement. “I cannot vote to repeal Obamacare without a replacement plan that addresses my concerns and the needs of West Virginians.”
Senator Rob Portman of Ohio hinted strongly that he too would oppose it.
The collapse of the Senate Republican health bill — and the failing struggle to find yet another alternative — highlighted a harsh reality for Senate Republicans: While Republican senators freely assailed the health law while Mr. Obama occupied the White House, they have so far not been able to come up with a workable plan to unwind it that would keep both moderate Republicans and conservatives on board.
By midday Tuesday, the Republican Party’s seven-year-old promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act appeared broken. At the White House, President Trump said his plan was now “to let Obamacare fail,” suggesting Democrats would then seek out Republicans to work together on a health measure.
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Are there really people "howling" for repeal? People outside of the congressional leadership? Even the Koch Brothers? Bueller?
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