The Senate GOP Stampede is Headed Off at the Pass

Well, there you go. The whole rush was to keep the Republican Senators from having to face those hoards of crazed, blood-thirsty hideous monsters ... who were they, anyway? Which circle deep in Hell did they come from? Oh ... constituents? Oh, well.

This article repays careful study. It's very clear about who the supporters of this disgusting bill are, and why they support it. Look at the Chamber of Commerce:

The Senate bill "will repeal the most egregious taxes and mandates" of the Affordable Care Act, allowing employers to create more jobs, said Jack Howard, a senior vice president of the group. The bill, he noted, would repeal a tax on medical devices and eliminate penalties on large employers that do not offer coverage to employees.

Never mind cutting 22 million people (not members of the C of C) off from Medicaid.


A separate letter expressing general support for the Senate’s efforts was sent by a coalition of 28 business and employer groups including the National Association of Home Builders, the National Restaurant Association and the National Retail Federation.

But this is the best part, I think:

Mr. Trump has threatened to withhold the monthly payments as a way to induce Democrats to bargain with him over the future of the Affordable Care Act. Administration officials said Mr. Trump did not want to make the payments if the Senate did not pass a health care bill this week. But they said Tom Price, the secretary of health and human services, had urged the White House not to cut off the payments abruptly.

DJT still thinks Democrats will "bargain with him" on wrecking the greatest accomplishment of Obama's tenure. He thinks he can "bargain" with anyone. It's interesting that even Price, his co-conspirator in evil, was getting cold feet.

What happens next is hard to say. I doubt that McConnell’s troops will want to waste more time on this fiasco, even though they are desperate to find some way of showing that they weren’t wasting years and years calling for “repeal” the ACA when they didn’t have anything attractive to “replace” it with. But who knows? Perhaps they will blow up the whole year of legislative effort anyway.

qedd© Jon Johanning 2011