By Jason Taylor
This should help Trump drop below 30% approval. Especially when his die hard supporters, now 80% of Republicans, start defecting. I expect now some moderate Republican Senators to add to a growing list of Senators opposing the bill.
Two more senators have added their names to the list of “no” votes on a motion to bring the Republican plan to replace Obamacare to the floor, ensuring that it doesn’t have enough support.
Utah Republican Mike Lee and Jerry Moran of Kansas have added their names to those of Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Susan Collins of Maine who already announced their opposition. With no Democratic or independent votes, the measure is effectively dead.
Now, one has to wonder will the GOP and Democrats actually work together to improve the nation’s health care without throwing millions of people under the bus. And, putting the needs of the nation ahead of all the special interests and the greedy 1%?
It is hard to believe, there continues to be people and politicians, in this country, who care about cutting taxes, and government, at the expense of the lives of its citizens. This nation has lost its way, and it will take a miracle to get it on the proper path.
“We must now start fresh with an open legislative process to develop innovative solutions that provide greater personal choice, protections for pre-existing conditions, increased access and lower overall costs for Kansans,” Moran said in a statement.
The Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) had been the latest Republican attempt to replace the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act after an earlier GOP effort failed. Via NPR.
The way Republicans went about writing this apparently failed, clearly draconian repeal of the Affordable Healthcare Act was arrogant and shady from the start. They wrote seismic life-changing legislation behind closed doors because they likely knew, once the facts got out about what was contained in the bill, their constituents would be angry. Many of the more vulnerable among them would be afraid — scared, worried about basic health care, getting medicine, nursing home care.
There was not one public hearing. Yes, there are problems with ACA, but- you don’t throw the baby out with the bath water. Real leaders work, in a public forum to address problems. More people have health insurance now than ever before. Ever. From a purely moral perspective, that is something we all can find some comfort in knowing.
Until we have national health insurance, either Medicare for all or some system of single payer, it simply the responsible thing to do to have adequate health insurance (and not some sham junk plan). That is why we needed the individual mandate and the subsidies. But states who wouldn’t sign on started the downward trend.
We all pay taxes to provide for our common defense (the military), whether or not one agrees with every military decision the government makes. Why cannot people see that we should all invest in a system to provide for our common welfare, and have good healthcare for all as a national value and right? Providing healthcare should not be a system to make a few CEOs multi-billionaires — it should be a rational system to make our country healthier physically, financially, and mentally and thereby stronger, safer, more secure, and happier.