The Cassidy/Graham bill, the GOP’s latest attempt to repeal Obamacare is godawful. So vile that few Republicans have spoken well about it. And the few that have, had to lie to support their laughable point of view. There is little evidence that the majority of Republican Senators even know what’s in it. Certainly, there has been no debate in Congress. And no public airing of who it hurts and how.

And that’s just fine with Republicans.

They are up against a September 30th deadline to get the thing done with a simple majority. And ‘done’ they want it — if only to fulfill their campaign promise. The political calculation here is that not repealing Obamacare is worse politically than repealing it — no matter how punitive the replacement is.

Pundits chatter about the damage done to the electoral fortunes of marginal Republicans by this piece of cruelty. But conservatives calculate that losing a few seats is a small price to pay for protecting themselves against onslaughts by an enraged far-right. Most Republican politicians don’t have to worry about a Democrat in the general. They have to worry about a challenge in the primary.

One Republican excuse for this inexcusable cruelty is the claim that the people elected them to repeal Obamacare — so damn it, that’s what they’re going to do. But that argument is crap. They ran on replacing Obamacare with something better. Trump himself promised “We’re going to have insurance for everybody. We’re going to have a healthcare that is far less expensive and far better.” 

The Cassidy/Graham bill provides neither “far less expensive”, nor “better” healthcare. The best guess is that 32 million Americans will lose their health insurance. And pre-existing conditions will be priced out of the market.  Exactly how bad the bill is is unknown. The CBO hasn’t been given enough time to ‘score’ it.

Why not, you may ask? Two reasons. Republicans don’t want people to know the awful truth — and they are also up against that September 30th deadline.

However, that is apparently too much for John McCain. Already in the books for stopping one attempt at repeal, he has announced that he can’t support another rush job that ignores ‘regular order’. Or the usual debate and amendment process that attends a bill’s passage.

With McCains ‘thumbs down’ the pundits suggest the bill is dead. Maybe. But it ain’t over until it’s over. And when it comes to hurting people the GOP is indefatigable. Expect more attempts down the road.


Seven Years, No Plan, & Finger-pointing – Trump & the Republican Healthcare Fiasco.

July 23, 2017

Another week, another dismal seven days of Trump and the Republicans stumbling through healthcare repeal and replace – or just repeal, depending on the day of the week. Even after seven years in the wilderness, the GOP hasn’t the faintest idea how to get to the promised land. (But that hasn’t stopped them trying to take another […]

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Donald Trump Jr. Reveals the Downside to Monarchy.

July 14, 2017

You can give a man an education, put him in a good suit, and give him a decent haircut – but you can’t make him smart. Take Donald Trump Jr. A product of the Ivy League – and dressed like a “Wall Street” extra – he was given the tools to be a success – except […]

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How Democrats can Win: Five Easy Pieces of Advice.

June 23, 2017

Democrats are getting hammered. And the excuses are flying. The “we’re losing less badly than before and besides it’s a Republican district” rationale for losing congressional races is a consolation prize where consolation is meaningless. In politics, all that counts is winning. And until the Democrats get some checks in the ‘W’ column they are irrelevant. What do Democrats […]

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What Republicans Can Learn From Derek Jeter.

May 19, 2017

The Yankees retired Derek Jeter’s number a week ago. The New York baseball great was an accomplished player and a man beloved by both the hometown faithful and his rivals. Even the hated Red Sox Nation saluted him. Which raises the question: Why? Simply put, he instinctively knew how to react and what to say. […]

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Trump Zealots Just Can’t Quit Their Man.

May 14, 2017

The most notable feature of the Trump presidency is the slavish loyalty of his acolytes. Even as a majority of Americans see his term as an unremitting failure, Trump’s true believers see it as a blemish-free saga of extreme success. His approval ratings are dismal. But over 90% of those who voted for him say […]

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Republicans Have Never Met a Regular Guy They Wouldn’t Screw.

May 7, 2017

Republicans ran on the promise that they would repeal and replace Obamacare. They portrayed the ACA as so magnificently evil that any replacement would be better. Now House Republicans have kept half of their commitment. They did repeal and replace Obamacare, but remarkably they found something worse. Trump helped. In his desperation to pass something, anything, to […]

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Republicans Think Trump’s Expenses Are Just Jim-Dandy

April 16, 2017

During his presidency, Republicans ripped Obama for his travel expenses. Now that Trump is President  – and vacationing every weekend – his profligacy makes Obama’s bills seem modest. Then there is the cost incurred with the missus staying in New York. And the security costs of protecting Trump’s children as they jet around doing private […]

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From Russian Dressing to James Brown Wigs, Another Dismal Republican Day

March 28, 2017

As the White House colludes with Devin Nunes to shut down the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation of the Trump/Russia connections, Sean Spicer is having to answer questions. In his typically inane manner, Spicer tried diversionary humor. “If the president puts Russian salad dressing on his salad tonight, somehow that’s a Russian connection.” No doubt wicked funny, but I […]

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