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.


DACA Divides Republicans. Even Trump Is Waffling.

September 6, 2017

Marco Rubio doesn’t want to craft a DACA bill unless he knows whether Donald Trump will sign it or not. More, he wants Trump to provide guidance.  That isn’t the way government is supposed to work. Article I, Section 1 of the Constitution – the very first sentence – tells Congresspeople to get off their ass: “All […]

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From Prayer to “Piss Off”, Evangelicals React to Harvey.

August 29, 2017

  When a hurricane hits God’s country, you can be sure that his fan club will be fired up and spreading the Word. Sure enough, as Harvey hit Houston, Christian leaders were extolling the virtue of prayer and cash. I have to say that I don’t remember the same enthusiasm for addressing death and destruction when Sandy […]

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Really? 7.19.17. Healthcare on Life Support; Trump whines; Asset Forfeiture; Trump’s Magic Math.

July 19, 2017

Donald Trump: Repeal, replace, repeal, repeal, replace. Donald Trump demanded that the Senate repeal and replace Obamacare until it became apparent that it couldn’t. So then he demanded that the Senate just repeal it. Until it became clear it couldn’t do that either. Now Trump’s back to repeal and replace  – or no one is […]

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Trump Promises Stuff Again

April 23, 2017

This Wednesday is a day of great consequence in Donald Trump’s mind. It is the day – he announced Friday – on which he would unveil his magnificent, biggest ever, tax plan. Sadly, his staff and the grunts at Treasury, who would have to actually write the program, were caught off guard by Trump’s impetuous grandiosity. […]

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Really? 4.12.17 Trump, Carson, & DeVos Do What’s in Their Nature.

April 12, 2017

Appetizer. Ben Carson was concluding a visit to Miami’s Courtside Family Apartments when he got stuck in an elevator for 20 minutes. Let the headlines write themselves. Trump’s core principle is to have no core principles. Donald Trump is ‘unpredictable’ in his own words. He says that it is an advantage in negotiations. Others say that it […]

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Trump: The Welfare Emperor Picks the People’s Pockets.

March 26, 2017

Donald Trump is keeping Melania and Barron in New York until the end of Barron’s school year. This has irked New Yorkers who have to deal with the inconvenience and expense of a security lockdown in the middle of Manhattan. No doubt some Trump apologists argue that he is only acting as a thoughtful father – who […]

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Trumpcare: A Failure So Big, the Finger Pointing Will Be Epic.

March 25, 2017

On Thursday, when it became apparent that there weren’t enough votes to pass Trumpcare, Donald Trump, the nation’s preeminent, petulant toddler told Congress to hold its stupid healthcare vote anyway and see if he cared. Then he washed his hands of the responsibility and said he never wanted to do it, it was dumb, and besides it […]

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Really? 1.1.17 The Gun Follies Continue – And People Still Die.

January 1, 2017

She’ll never see six. Fidel Rodriguez Canchola, 34, thought it would be fun to shoot a gun across his yard to celebrate the New Year. A 5-year-old girl walked through his field of fire – and was shot dead. This doesn’t happen in the rest of the civilized world. But then the rest of the civilized […]

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