Special Comment: A Nation at War

7/28/2017. The day 46 men and 3 women voted in the middle of the night to take health care away from 16 million United States Citizens.
 
If this were a foreign attack aimed at destroying the lives of 16 million citizens we would have declared it an act of war.
 
And, indeed, it was an act of war: class war. Those 49 people acted to advance the fortunes of the very few at the cost of the lives of the least fortunate among us.
 
This is the kind of war that is being waged by the wealthy against the poor. It is being waged in the middle of the night. It is being waged behind closed doors. Make no mistake about it, they will try again; try again to commit mass murder by depriving the least fortunate among us any access to medical treatment that would save their lives.
 
We are a nation at war.
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6 thoughts on “Special Comment: A Nation at War

  1. I hope that all those who voted against repeal of Obamacare stay strong and continue to ‘just say no.’ But I’m not sure of McCain next time, or even Collins – if there’s even a small compromise (ye gads, unheard of!) to make it more palatable, those two could possibly be swayed. OTOH, I think Murkowski has dug her heels in and is ready for the fight, now that trump made it personal.

  2. Stuff About Budget Reconciliation I Didn’t Know (link to a reddit page)

    I’m not sure if it’s really being appreciated just how comprehensively the Republicans were just fucked over.
    See, the Republicans have been trying to pass these godawful healthcare bills through a process called budget reconciliation, which, among other things, protects the bill from being filibustered in the Senate and only requires a simple majority of 50 votes (rather than 60, which the Republicans don’t have).
    The thing is, the Senate can only consider one budget reconciliation bill per topic per year. Of course, if the bill dies in committee and never comes to an official vote, it doesn’t count- which is why they’ve been able to keep hammering away at the issue.
    This bill, though, was allowed to come to the Senate floor, because the Republicans thought they’d secured the votes. Collins, Murkowski and the Democrats would vote no, everyone else would vote yes, and Pence would break the tie. And then McCain completely fucked them. And it was almost certainly a calculated move; he voted to allow the bill to come to the floor. Had McCain allowed it to die in committee, McConnell could have come back with yet another repeal bill; but he let it come to a vote, and now they can’t consider another budget reconciliation bill for the rest of the fiscal year. The Senate needs 60 votes to pass any kind of healthcare reform now.
    So now they’re caught between a rock and a hard place. Either they concede defeat on the issue and try again later (causing a big, unpopular stink that could damage elections if they try it before the midterms, or risking losing the slim majority they already have if they wait) or they actually sit down with the democrats like adults and write a halfway decent healthcare bill.
    This is amazing.

    So, if they’ve had their shot, and can’t keep bringing this up under reconciliation, McConnell will have to kill the filibuster to even try again. He might not have 50 + Pence to even try to kill the filibuster.

    • If I had a hara kiri sword I’d send it to McConnell. If I had two, I’d send the second one to Trump (along with a ‘how to use’ set of instructions, of course). If I had three … Etc.

      I like being helpful.

    • Imagine voting aye for a bill you absolutely didn’t want to become law, just to open a negotiation with your legislative counterpart to share the blame and shame for the nightmare that is the alternative to ACA. The Screw All Americans out of Health Care Except the Rich act.

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