Folks could our beloved President have scared Republicans enough that they have had a “Come to Jesus” moment. I know a lot of folks are done with all things related to “Obamacare’s Repeal and Replacement.” I myself wrote a post this morning burying it in the grave.
However, my brother gave me a call a few hours ago and told me that I might have been premature. The body that was buried may have actually kicked. I decided to do some research and realized that the Left is in frantic mode. Prompting me to write another post.
I decided to now turn my attention to liberal sites. Had to make sure that my lunch was well digested. Rand Paul is GONE! Kentucky residents need to give this POS HELL! Susan Collins is the EBOLA VIRUS for the Republican Party. She said that the defunding of Planned Parenthood gives her grave concerns. Lisa Murkowski would be the last hope. There is so much savings from the bill that a Nebraska Cornhusker Deal could be had for her and her state.
What gives me 0.1% hope is the fact that Murkowski and Collins aren’t going to be able to hide. The pressure from both sides on them will be enormous to find out how they will vote. That is a GOOD thing because sunlight is a great mechanism to view the CREATURES in the SWAMP.
From the article linked above:
One lesson I’ve learned covering this neverending repeal-and-replace effort is that Bill Cassidy does not always know as much as he thinks he does. Another is that a whole lot of Republican health care bills can get 48 votes, but none so far has been able to get 50. There are your two caveats. And yet, this sudden push for Graham-Cassidy—something that did not exist within the Senate Republican caucus even a few days ago—appears to be the real thing.
Senate leaders, who had been keeping their hands clean of this latest effort, are now all in. (It’s now technically Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson, but we’ll stick with the short version, because give me a break.) Majority Whip John Cornyn is whipping the votes, and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has asked the Congressional Budget Office to quickly produce a score. The Senate GOP’s Thursday lunch was the pep rally the bill needed, the apex of the best day of Cassidy’s senatorial tenure.
DEMOCRATS ARE SCARED!
“It is starting to feel like this has potential to get to the floor again,” one Senate Democratic aide says. “It’s frightening.”
THE SAME DAMN CAST OF CHARACTERS!
We have a decent sense of which senators Cassidy might not have. Maine Sen. Susan Collins and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski were the staunchest opponents of each version of repeal and/or replace that came up for a vote in July. They will be difficult to flip. Sen. John McCain, the third no vote on the “skinny repeal” bill that appeared to seal the fate of Obamacare repeal in July, has said that any effort to replace Obamacare must be done through “regular order,” and Graham-Cassidy sure as hell wasn’t.
On the other hand, McCain is best friends with South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, a co-author of the bill, so maybe that’s good enough for him. The key obstacle could be Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who told me this week that Graham-Cassidy had “zero” chance of passing the Senate. Paul tweeted Friday morning that he still wouldn’t support it, for strange Rand Paul reasons that don’t make much sense, and Paul has been arguing with Cassidy about it since. If you don’t have Paul, Murkowski, or Collins, and you are in the process of persuading McCain to support his dear friend Graham, then there’s your whip count of 48 or 49.
REPUBLICANS ARE SICK OF REPUBLICAN SENATORS NOT REPEALING THE CARCASS KNOWN AS OBAMACARE!
One piece of good news for Senate Republicans is that they will have until 11:59:59 on Sept. 30 to wrangle the final votes, get a CBO score, and work through other parliamentary concerns, and pass this. Though the Senate will no longer be able to pass repeal-and-replace with a simple, 50-vote majority after that point, the House does not need to meet the same deadline. The House can still pass the Senate bill whenever it chooses after Sept. 30—it just can’t make any changes. If the House did amend the bill and pass it, then it would have to surmount a 60-vote Senate filibuster.
I know you’re sick of this. I’m sick of it. Democrats are sick of it. Republicans are sick of it. But for the next two weeks, we’ve got a live one.