Tuesday, July 18, 2017

"May" Already Be Dead

Less than 24 hours after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) threw in the towel on his bill repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act and vowed to instead revive a 2015 bill to repeal the law without a replacement, two Republican senators said they would block that bill from coming to the floor for debate.

Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), whose states have large rural and low-income populations dependent on Medicaid, said they will vote against a motion to proceed.

“I did not come to Washington to hurt people,” Capito wrote in a blistering statement. “I have serious concerns about how we continue to provide affordable care to those who have benefited from West Virginia’s decision to expand Medicaid, especially in light of the growing opioid crisis.”

“I cannot vote to repeal Obamacare without a replacement plan,” she concluded.

So there ARE a few Republicans with a conscience in Congress.
If one more senator joins Collins and Capito, the repeal-and-delay effort will meet the same swift fate as the last Senate Trumpcare bill: dead before it even receives a vote.
I'm assuming Rand Paul will stand with them.  Probably Rob Portman of Ohio.  Probably others.

...but hey, do what you want...you will anyway.

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