We need this bill to fail, as it’s just too damaging in the long-term when it comes down to Congressional Elections and the 2020 Presidential Race.
Americans are not like these weird Reaganite “Fiscal Conservatives” and double-crossing cuckolds that have fleeced the nation time and time again, and they will not be too thrilled once it becomes clear that their insurance premiums and deductibles will likely continue to rise under the new Republican policy.
For Trump’s sake (and I know he’s invested a lot into this nightmare project), he better hope that Congress decides to shelve Paul Ryan’s nonsense.
And who knows?
Maybe it will help to facilitate the removal of the spineless Wisconsin Weasel from one of the nation’s most powerful political positions…
Republicans muscled their capstone health care overhaul past an initial barrier and toward a climactic roll call Friday, plunging ahead despite uncertainty over whether they had the votes to prevail in what loomed as a monumental gamble for President Donald Trump and his GOP allies in Congress.
With Trump budget chief Mick Mulvaney and other White House officials heading toward the Capitol to lobby wavering lawmakers, Friday’s showdown was occurring after the president warned that he was through negotiating with holdouts. In a message delivered to rank-and-file Republicans at the Capitol late Thursday, top Trump aides said if the measure failed he would move on to the rest of his agenda.
“We’ll see what happens,” Trump said at the White House Friday when asked his course should the measure fail.
In the day’s first meaningful roll call, the House used a near party-line 230-194 vote to insert changes into the measure that leaders hoped would win over unhappy Republicans. These included improving Medicaid benefits for some older and disabled people and abolishing coverage requirements that Obama’s 2010 law imposes on insurers.
The GOP bill would eliminate the Obama statute’s unpopular fines on those who do not obtain coverage and the often generous subsidies for those who purchase insurance.
Instead, consumers would face a 30 percent premium penalty if they let coverage lapse. Republican tax credits would be based on age, not income. The bill would also end Obama’s Medicaid expansion and trim future federal financing for the federal-state program and let states impose work requirements on some of its 70 million beneficiaries.
In a bid to coax support from conservatives, House leaders proposed a fresh amendment – to be voted on Friday – repealing Obama’s requirement that insurers cover 10 specified services like maternity and mental health care. Conservatives have demanded the removal of those and other conditions the law imposes on insurers, arguing they drive premiums skyward.
Many moderates are opposed because they say the GOP bill would leave many voters uninsured. Medical associations, consumer groups and hospitals are opposed or voicing misgivings, and some Republican governors say the bill cuts Medicaid too deeply and would leave many low-income people uncovered.
Republicans can lose only 22 votes in the face of united Democratic opposition. A tally by The Associated Press found at least 32 “no” votes, but the figure was subject to fluctuation amid frantic GOP lobbying.
If this somehow makes its way through both the House and Senate, the American people will get to see Cuckservative policy in all its pathetic glory, and the Democrats – especially the hardcore Leftist wing – will likely experience a rejuvenation of their fortunes almost immediately.
Both Hunter and myself feared this would be the result of Trump getting involved in bureaucratic insanity here at home, and it looks like we were both 100 percent correct.