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Tue Jun 6, 2017, 11:07 PM

McConnell is Set to Repeal and Replace Obamacare

Politico link: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/06/senate-republicans-obamacare-repeal-timing-239186

For a day at least, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has his party’s beleaguered efforts to repeal Obamacare back on track.

After two weeks of increasingly dour assessments from Republicans on the party’s stalled health care efforts, Senate Republicans emerged from more than two hours of meeting with a fresh burst of optimism that they could actually pass a bill to repeal and replace the health law.

Sen. Lindsey Graham went into Tuesday’s party lunch predicting that the Republican effort to gut Obamacare was “more likely to fail than not.”

He emerged singing a different tune: The health care overhaul he heard about contains “promising proposals” and he was for holding a vote this month after the Congressional Budget Office weighs in and the party’s idea are put into legislative form.

“Now I say promising, but I don’t know what it looks like legislatively … the key word is promising,” Graham said. “There better be [a vote this month], because this is not like fine wine, it does not get better with age.”

Ditto Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), who has been outspoken about his concerns on the direction the party has taken, but now says he is feeling increasingly comfortable and "very encouraged" by Republicans' plans.

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I am very discouraged by this. It sounds as if they are dead set on the repeal aspect and will cobble together any old legislation to get it done on time. Healthcare is hard. Let's just screw it up now and sort it out later.

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Reply McConnell is Set to Repeal and Replace Obamacare (Original post)
ProudLib72 Jun 2017 OP
Freethinker65 Jun 2017 #1
KelleyKramer Jun 2017 #11
Wellstone ruled Jun 2017 #2
still_one Jun 2017 #3
sheshe2 Jun 2017 #6
still_one Jun 2017 #7
sheshe2 Jun 2017 #9
Hortensis Jun 2017 #10
GallopingGhost Jun 2017 #4
BigmanPigman Jun 2017 #5
MFM008 Jun 2017 #8
Awsi Dooger Jun 2017 #12

Response to ProudLib72 (Original post)

Tue Jun 6, 2017, 11:17 PM

1. Gotta get that tax cut for the wealthy before all hell breaks loose.

Expect selling off public resources, infrastructure privatization, and destroying public education soon to follow

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Response to Freethinker65 (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 7, 2017, 12:47 AM

11. Bingo! there's $800 billion tax cut for the rich in Healthcare bill


And then if there is time left before trump iimplodes they will have even more tax cuts for the rich in the regular tax bill

They want to screw us all into the ground and give everything to the rich

The irony is that the core trump voters will be hit the hardest

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Response to ProudLib72 (Original post)

Tue Jun 6, 2017, 11:41 PM

2. McConnell has to change the National Narrative in order

 

for him to stay in power. For Mitch it is and has been Money and Power and Party over Country.

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Response to ProudLib72 (Original post)

Tue Jun 6, 2017, 11:46 PM

3. They were always dead set on repealing it, but I sure am not going to take a gossip rag like

Politico or The Hill to assume that will or will not happen.

First of all, what is their replacement bill? What will the CBO rate that bill's costs and coverages. One thing I have heard they proposed is that they want to tax employer paid health plans, which means most likely that employer paid health insurance will be included as an employees income, and taxable. There are a lot of contencious issues like that which I don't believe are a slam dunk.

If the republican replacement isn't as good or better than the ACA, 2018 will be even more of a concern for the republicans. If it is anything like what the house version is, it will not go over well.

While this is going on, there also happens to be a little investigation going on, and while this will not stop the republicans ambitions, it will lead to delays, especially as this drip, drip, drip that seems to be getting closer to an administration they are trying to cover up for.

Of course writing your senators won' t hurt, but until we see some details, it will be hard to pin them down on anything

Focus on 2018, and winning both the House and the Senate. That is the one sure way, if not reversing the damage, to at least halt any further damage until 2020





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Response to still_one (Reply #3)

Wed Jun 7, 2017, 12:21 AM

6. +1000

Spreading fear. I doubt that it is going anywhere soon. Their CEO is a floundering twit that only knows how to tweet. He is an idiot in chief and they are his useless enablers. How fucking pitiful.

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #6)

Wed Jun 7, 2017, 12:33 AM

7. You are right sheshe, this is a psychological game also

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Response to still_one (Reply #7)

Wed Jun 7, 2017, 12:43 AM

9. Yup still one.

It is all a game to them.

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Response to still_one (Reply #3)

Wed Jun 7, 2017, 12:44 AM

10. Sounds like it may be rushed as a distraction from

the investigation.

And, as you say. Among other things, it will have to go back to the house for passage, highly questionable if the senate cobbles together anything halfway respectable. That's my fear, actually -- that they could pass a self-destructing program that looks good enough up front to fool Republican voters into accepting it.

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Response to ProudLib72 (Original post)

Wed Jun 7, 2017, 12:07 AM

4. McConnell needs to go back to eating insects.

'Course, he and the rest of the minionazis won't be happy until they screw millions of people out of their insurance.

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Response to ProudLib72 (Original post)

Wed Jun 7, 2017, 12:14 AM

5. When can we repeal and replace McConnell? ASAP!

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Response to ProudLib72 (Original post)

Wed Jun 7, 2017, 12:37 AM

8. All the repukes have to be on board

all but 2.
If they do it.
They will pay dearly.

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Response to ProudLib72 (Original post)

Wed Jun 7, 2017, 12:59 AM

12. You have to expect the worse

 

It didn't make sense they wouldn't find a way to do this, given so much pressure from Trumpeteers.

On a political forum of a sports site I posted late last year that repeal would be the equivalent of killing 200,000 people. Naturally the wing nuts attacked me. Over 10 years or so I don't think it's a flawed estimate, compared to Obamacare surviving intact with a Democrat in office.

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