Let’s remember “GOP” stands for Grand Old Party. That’s not even close. They’re always on defense. They never fight the prog narrative and they don’t stand for anything. Even when they hold the White House & both houses of Congress they just never seem to get it done.
Initially I was p’od at the Republicans who voted against repeal in the 51-49 vote. But the skinny repeal was worthless, leaving intact 411 of 419 Obamacare sections. It would not have achieved lower costs, better care or more coverage; a total screw job.
- Susan Collins – Maine
- Lisa Murkowski – Alaska
- John McCain – Arizona, all voted against the skinny repeal
Susan Collins nearly always votes with the Dims. Maine, quit re-electing her! She and Lisa Murkowski are bought and paid for by the National Education Association (NEA), both voting against confirmation of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos because she favors more charter schools. They both balked at the “skinny” repeal because of the 1-year defunding of Planned Parenthood. BFD, one year!
Initially the moderate Republicans (we used to call them Democrats) were against any repeal because it tried to rein in Medicaid spending. Medicaid is going broke. Since Obamacare passed millions of people (~23.5 million) who used to have insurance and wanted to keep it but could not afford the premiums & deductibles, were added to the Medicaid rolls (this is taxpayer-funded welfare, in case you didn’t know). Over 1 in 5 Americans are now on Medicaid.
Many Republican governors took the Medicaid Expansion offered under Obamacare because the feds promised to pay a large portion of the costs – at least for a few years. But Medicaid Expansion is an expensive, terrible idea which guarantees worse care, and it’s an entitlement that once given is very hard to take away. Too many Republicans weren’t willing to shoot Santa Claus. McCain just thought we should “reach across the aisle” and work in a bipartisan fashion with the Dims. Maybe it’s his tumor? This of course is where the GOP always capitulates to avoid bad press, and the Dims end up getting everything they want . I agree with McCain killing the bill with his deciding vote, but not with his stupid reason.
Oh yes, there were the few, very few principled conservatives like Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Rand Paul who didn’t like the “FAKE” Repeal as they and every other Republican (except Susan Collins) had campaigned on and were reelected on the FULL REPEAL LIE. So here we are. Washington DC at its best. They all deserve to lose their next election bid.
Aloha, Mikie ~just a blogger (fightin’ like a girl)
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