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The Skinny Is Dead

McCain, Collins and Murkowski defeated the skinny bill. This is very good news because had it been passed, it would have rested with Paul Ryan to adopt it as is or pass some modified version. And he’s pouty enough to just go and pass it. 

Of course, the whole situation of this repeal bill even being discussed when the overwhelming majority of people in this country doesn’t want it is a disgrace. And this is not on Trump, folks. These clowns were elected long before Trump. Let’s not forget that the total goes much much deeper than Trump.  

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3 thoughts on “The Skinny Is Dead

  1. Stringer Bell on said:

    “Of course, the whole situation of this repeal bill even being discussed when the overwhelming majority of people in this country doesn’t want it is a disgrace.”

    Allow me to speculate for a second here. Republicans know this is hugely unpopular, yet are seemingly unconcerned about its political consequences. And this is not some foreign policy thing that americans don’t care about. Which makes me wonder if the reason republicans aren’t afraid of voter backlash is that they don’t intend to have free and fair elections.

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    • Demotrash on said:

      There will also be backlash from the Republican base if after promising to repeal Obamacare for years and years, they don’t do it. It’s a lose-lose situation, electorally. Republicans in unsafe seats are opposing these bills or taking a more “moderate” stance on it (Portman backed the skinny repeal, but he was against the bill that got rid of the Medicaid expansion.) They’re walking a tightrope here.

      It also helps that most of these senators aren’t up for election anytime soon. The Republican senators who are up in 2018 are mostly in very safe seats. The only ones who are really at risk are Heller and Flake.

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  2. JProf on said:

    I’m more disillusioned with politics than ever these days. As long as there is money in politics (in other words, forever), Congress will only represent big business, Wall Street, the health insurance and pharmaceutical industries, the elite, etc., and not the American people (especially the middle class and those below). Moreover, each political party is more concerned with beating the other party than with the needs of the American people, many of whom are struggling and suffering as economic inequality continues to rise. Bernie Sanders was such a breath of fresh air, someone who I thought could change the political status quo. But he lost to Hillary, and so I now wonder about the future and who might be the Democratic party nominee to challenge Trump (or Pence?) in 2020. And my great fear is that the losing Democrats are going to come to the conclusion that if they want to win in 2020, they will have to nominate a more conservative Democrat for president.

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