McConnell: “Americans are hurting because of Obamacare. So, we’re going to kill them.”
By Jeff Kirkpatrick
UPDATE: The plan to repeal Obamacare and then replace it later has reportedly failed; nonetheless, even though it will not pass, McConnell will have the Senate vote on a repeal of the Affordable Care Act anyway – with nothing to replace it. The Hill has reported that McConnell “will try to move forward with their plan to repeal ObamaCare next week.” This entire nightmare is likely to change at a very rapid pace. As I pointed out before, we can’t underestimate the extreme sliminess of Mitch McConnell. Although the plan to repeal Obamacare and then replace it later has reportedly failed, we should still expect the worst: these sociopaths aren’t motivated by some imaginary altruistic desire to provide healthcare, they don’t care who dies in their quest for power. For the most updated news on this, see: “The Latest on the Republican effort to repeal and replace the Obama health law,” by the Associated Press; July 18, 2017
Senator McConnell translation: “Americans are hurting because of Obamacare. So, we’re going to kill them and then they won’t be hurting anymore.”
Just kidding! When Mitch “We’re-Not-Trying-To-Trick-Anybody” McConnell said that “Americans were hurting because of Obamacare” he wasn’t talking about – you know – Americans. He was talking about the Republican’s true constituents: the top 1% of the wealthiest Americans. Yeah, I guess they are hurting because in order to make the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) work, those rich folks had to pay higher taxes. And, goddam, it just hurts them so much. So the Republicans intend to come to the rescue of those poor wealthy bastards and sponsor (more) legislation that benefits them financially at the expense of the health of everybody else.
Soon, Mitch McConnell will propose a new Trumpcare bill. The idea is to repeal Obamacare, and then within two years, come up with a brand new shiny healthcare plan. Because – you know – having over seven years to come up with a viable healthcare plan wasn’t enough.
This proves (once again) that these Republicans don’t give a shit about healthcare for all Americans. All they care about is political power and doing whatever they can to keep it.
Trump announced that he is going to “let Obamacare fail.” This will result in turmoil in the insurance market, havoc will ensue, and because of this chaotic and destructive approach, people will lose insurance and some will die because of Trump. Since the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land, and since Trump took an oath to uphold the laws of this country, his decision to let the ACA collapse means he is violating his presidential oath, proving (once again) that he is unfit for office. Add that to the growing list of reasons why Trump can be and should be IMPEACHED NOW.
“McConnell: Senate to try to repeal ObamaCare next week,” by Jordain Carney, The Hill; July 18, 2017
“GOP to Try Doomed Vote on ‘Straight Repeal’ of Obamacare,” by Ed Kilgore, NY Magazine; July 18, 2017
Excerpt: If a “straight repeal” bill is almost certain to go down to defeat, why is McConnell going in that direction? Most likely he wants to preempt any future conservative argument that he never intended to repeal Obamacare fully, and didn’t even try it. And in particular, he wants to deflect any fire coming from the White House, which has been promoting the revived repeal-and-delay strategy in recent days.
McConnell is also giving conservatives a shillelagh with which to beat Republican moderates who fail to go along with repeal, and perhaps even to mount primary challenges against them in 2018 or beyond. He understands that, like every GOP congressional leader, he holds his gavel at the sufferance of the right. After the Obamacare-repeal legislation fails due to the perfidy of the RINOs, McConnell can turn to tax and budget legislation and let the health-care mess simmer on a back burner until pressure mounts for a bipartisan fix of Obamacare.
“I did not come to Washington hurt people”
“McConnell’s straight repeal strategy collides with reality,” by Adam Cancryn, POLITICO; July 18, 2017
Excerpt: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s latest health care gambit risks spooking hospitals and doctors, destabilizing insurance markets and ripping coverage from more than 30 million people — and after all that, it still won’t fully eliminate Obamacare.
GOP leaders want to speed a straight repeal bill to the floor in the wake of the sudden collapse of their bid to replace Obamacare, in a last-ditch attempt to deliver on their long-held pledge to tear down the law.
The strategy revives a proposal to dismantle large parts of Obamacare that nearly all Republican senators voted for in 2015 — secure in the knowledge it was a symbolic gesture since it would be vetoed by then-President Barack Obama.
But times have changed. And with Republicans now in control of Washington, it’s a lot more risky to set changes in motion that policy experts warn would lead to a massive collapse of the nation’s Obamacare markets.
Already, several moderate Republicans from states that benefited from Obamacare are throwing up opposition to repealing it without a replacement plan.
“There’s been all this talk about possible death spirals,” said Larry Levitt, a senior vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation. “This would be an actual, real, death spiral.”
The blueprint that McConnell is offering his party would partially repeal Obamacare, with a two-year delay built in to give Congress time to come up with a new replacement plan….
Sen. Susan Collins — the only remaining senator to vote against the 2015 bill — immediately came out against McConnell’s latest idea and was joined soon after by West Virginia’s Shelley Moore Capito.
“I did not come to Washington hurt people,” said Capito, who voted more than 40 times in the last seven years to repeal Obamacare. “With that in mind, I cannot vote to repeal Obamacare without a replacement plan that addresses my concerns and the needs of West Virginians.”
“McConnell Pulls Plug on GOP Health Care Bill, Will Seek Obamacare Repeal,” by Leigh Ann Caldwell, NBC News; July 18, 2017
“Mitch McConnell Says Senate will Vote to Repeal Obamacare and Replace it Later,” by Nick Visser, HuffPost; July 18, 2017
“Two GOP senators to vote against ObamaCare repeal-only bill,” by Jordain Carney, The Hill; July 18, 2017
“What happens now after Senate hits another dead end in Obamacare repeal effort?” by Rebecca Shard, CBS News; July 18, 2017
“Mitch McConnell Obamacare repeal plan taking fire,” by Daniella Diaz and Ted Barrett, CNN; July 18, 2017
“Trump suggests Republicans will let ACA market collapse, then rewrite health law,” by Sean Sullivan and Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post; July 18, 2017
Excerpt: McConnell said the Senate would next take up “a repeal of Obamacare combined with a stable two-year transition period.” He said that President Barack Obama had vetoed such legislation before but that “President Trump will sign it now.”…
“I regret that the effort to repeal and immediately replace the failures of Obamacare will not be successful,” he said. “We will now try a different way to bring the American people relief from Obamacare.”
… [A]ccording to the CBO, the number of uninsured would spike by 18 million next year and rise to 32 million by 2026.
“For insurers, the worst possible outcome in this debate has always been a partial repeal with no replacement, which is exactly what Congress is about to take up,” said Larry Levitt, senior vice president for special initiatives at the Kaiser Family Foundation, in an email. “Insurance companies would be on the hook for covering people with preexisting conditions, but with no individual mandate or premium subsidies to get healthy people to sign up as well.”
“Senate Democratic Leaders discuss healthcare” (12:51) by PBS News Hour, July 18, 2017
“The Health Bill’s Failure: Resistance Works,” by David Leonhardt, New York Times; July 18, 2017
It’s time – once again – to call your Senators:
Tell your Senators to vote No to all attempts to repeal Obamacare without a viable, acceptable healthcare plan without public hearings, without bi-partisan participation and support, and input from the American people whose lives will be affected.
“Call your senator: Phone numbers for every office of every U.S. senator,” by David Nir, Daily Kos; February 2, 2017
“Remember, GOP Health Care Bills Are Like Zombies, They Keep Coming Back,” by Kelly Hayes, Transformative Spaces; July 18, 2017