We'd Pour One Out For Obamacare, But We Need To Drink It Instead
They're voting as fast as McConnell gives them the draft (he is not actually giving them the draft)
With the exceptions of Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, all the "moderate" Republicans who vowed they would not go forward with killing the Affordable Care Act because it would be too harsh in rolling back Medicaid voted today to proceed to debate on the Senate bill. None of the drafts currently on the table would actually preserve Medicaid in any meaningful way. All 48 Democrats and independents voted against the motion to proceed, and Vice President Mike Pence voted to break the tie.
There was a huge round of applause for John McCain, who flew all the way from Arizona to move forward on killing Obamacare, and thousands, probably tens of thousands, of Americans, per year.
One of the biggest disappointments was West Virginia's Shelley Moore Capito, who Tweeted just a week ago:
There is so far no evidence whatsoever of a replacement plan that won't slash Medicaid by hundreds of billions of dollars, or that won't result in at least 22 million people losing healthcare. And yet, earlier today, Capito tweeted this statement:
So, there's a profile in courage.
Update: Nevada's Dean Heller is another profile in courage, the gutless wonder:
This heinous fuckery will not stand, man. GET ACTIVE.
John McCain gave a nice little speech about returning to the Senate and hoping that the place would return to "regular order." He said that he would not vote for the current ACA replacement bill unless it's revised considerably. He thinks bipartisanship would be nice. You know what might have forced a return to regular order? Not voting to proceed with debate on this utterly irregular process. Christ. We thought for a few minutes at the beginning of the speech that McCain was announcing his resignation, because he was sounding so damned valedictory. Coming back from cancer treatment to leave 20 to 30 million people without healthcare would have made one hell of a legacy. We're not going to trust him to actually make this bill substantially better.
Why are people so mad about the Senate Obamacare repeal? Because their lives depend on it.
This fucking thing isn't over. It can be stopped. It won't be easy, and these bastards really want to strip tens of millions of their healthcare -- not to mention making everyone else's insurance as worthless as it was back when they could "rescission" you for acne. Let's take a moment to remind ourselves that the fight is worth it, with a reading from the Book of Saint Molly:
Amen. It's time to get back to work.
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