Monday, July 17, 2017

Ron Johnson Gets a Look at the Real Mitch McConnell

On Thursday, the day leadership unveiled the revised bill, TPM asked Johnson to comment on a Washington Post report that McConnell was telling moderate Republican senators—who are wary of the bill’s long-term gutting of Medicaid—that a future Congress and president will not let it go into effect.

“Is he really?” Johnson asked, frowning. “That would be highly disappointing if that’s his attitude.”

Over the weekend, Johnson went further, telling local Wisconsin press that because McConnell is apparently selling different narratives to his moderate and conservative members, he has committed a “breach of trust” and can’t count on Johnson’s vote.


Johnson said that despite the Senate bill’s flaws, he was willing to vote for it because it ended the Medicaid expansion and sharply curtailed the growth of the program overall. But McConnell’s reported backroom conversations are making him doubt what he’d been promised.

“If our leader is basically saying don’t worry about it, we’ve designed it so that those reforms will never take effect, first of all, that’s a pretty significant breach of trust, and why support the bill then?” he told a small audience in Green Bay.

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

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