That vote

Jul. 28th, 2017 09:00 am
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That vote

by digby

This picture of a rainbow was taken by photographer Kate Wool in Fairbanks Alaska just as the vote failed last night after they had spent an hour leaning on her Senator Lisa Murkowski to get her to change her mind. McCain was the big hero of course because, well he was. But it was the two women, Murkowski and Collins who held strong through the whole process and not because they objected to McConnell's devious procedures as McCain did. They objected on the merits of the bills.

I thought that picture perfectly illustrated the immense relief many of us felt and a nice thank you from the gods and goddesses to Senator Murkowski.

Here's a hilarious play by play of McCain's vote:

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We Will Not Let You Go

Jul. 28th, 2017 03:00 pm
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A few years back we would have all been spending our time shouting obscenities at Joe Manchin and some group of preening "moderates" on the Dem side who would be parading around garnering attention for the profoundly difficult decision they were going to make... any day... For whatever reason, that wasn't the dynamic this time. So that's good.

Yay Dems.
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Previous mention of Mbarga.

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Mama I Don't Want To Die

Jul. 28th, 2017 02:00 pm
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I was too pessimistic about Obamacare. The Medicaid expansion - despite Roberts and the evil Republican governors - was very good. The insurance regulations that applied across the board (coverage, pre-existing conditions, etc.) were very good. The exchanges still suck - private insurance is very expensive and not so fun to have and the subsidies are not generous enough and the magic competition doesn't exist and poor people really wish they were just a bit more poor so they could get that sweet sweet medicaid - but for many people barely affordable shitty insurance is preferable to no insurance at all.

I was also too pessimistic about the politics. I though it would not be enough of an improvement overall to cover for the fact that "Obama" (Democrats) would basically own our whole health care system which still sucks. I think it is, at least in the Medicaid expansion states. The new regulations are good for everyone with employer-based insurance, good enough that they are worth fighting for.

Though the "exchanges" are still the weak link and the Trumpkins are now going to do everything they can to make that link weaker. Most of them are incompetent at evil, but Price is not.
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Until next time by @BloggersRUs

Jul. 28th, 2017 06:00 am
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Posted by Undercover Blue

Until next time

by Tom Sullivan

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's "skinny repeal" bill targeting the Affordable Care Act failed 51-49 late last night in the U.S. Senate, or what is left of it. Reports suggest McConnell's team wrote the 8-page bill yesterday over lunch.

Democratic Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut declared the process "nuclear-grade bonkers."

The mad spectacle of Senate Republicans throwing themselves at a legislative process that resembled anything but could only have been topped last night by them dousing the place with gasoline and setting themselves alight. Forget Obamacare's flaws. Forget prospective White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci's Sopranos threats. Forget the melodramatic lecture Tuesday by Senator John McCain, R-Az., about restoring "regular order." If Al Pacino had burst in and shouted the whole Congress was out of order, that would have felt more sane.

Late last night, all Republican senators but three solemnly voted for a bill they did not want passed.

At an impromptu press conference earlier, Sen Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., declared it "a disaster" and "a fraud." Joined by fellow Republicans McCain, Johnson of Wisconsin, and Cassidy of Louisiana, Graham told reporters they had been assured that if the shell bill passed, the real bill would be written, once again in secret, in the House-Senate conference committee.

"I'd rather get out of the way and let it collapse than have a half-ass approach where it is now our problem," Graham told the press. Before he could vote for it, Graham demanded assurances from House Speaker Paul Ryan that the House would not pass the "skinny" bill as is. Receiving none, Graham voted to pass it anyway.

The three Republican dissenters when voting closed about 1:30 a.m. EDT this morning were Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine, and John McCain.

Prior to the final vote, Ezra Klein wrote:

Nothing that is happening tonight makes the slightest bit of sense. All of it violates every procedural principle and policy promise Republicans put forth in the aftermath of Obamacare’s passage.


We are watching indefensible policy being pushed forward in an indefensible process in the hopes that it will eventually be signed into law and implemented by an indefensible administration. And what’s stranger is everyone involved knows it. All this comes mere days after Sen. John McCain received a standing ovation on the floor of the Senate for excoriating the way this effort, and the way his institution, was being run.
After all of it, McCain cast the deciding vote to "kill the bill" as protesters outside the Capitol demanded.

The irony is Chafee-Romney-Obama market-based health insurance plans have been kicking around since Richard Nixon drafted one to keep any Democratic single-payer plans at bay. Today's Republicans have no alternative plan because their plan is already law. Beside their attempts to sabotage it, the problems inherent in Obamacare are the failures inherent in their preferred approach. The greater problem is, of course, Republicans derisively branded the standing, Republican-inspired law after a Democratic president and, whatever the costs, that Must Not Stand.

"It's time to move on," a disappointed McConnell told the Senate chamber after the voting closed. Until next time. There will be a next time.

"We are not celebrating. We are relieved," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. said afterwards.

Last night was a stinging defeat for Republicans. But there is little solace after McConnell and all but three of his caucus moved to abrogate democratic norms that have guided this country for decades if not centuries. All the protocols, all the arcane procedures senators from both parties learn to navigate and manipulate in their careers create, for better or worse, a known, predictable process for democratic governance. Like them or not, they provide some small stability at a time when Americans and the world could use some. All of that Republicans were poised to jettison in blind pursuit of an immediate "win." Not unlike the current resident of the White House, they are adrift without rudder or keel. And possessed perhaps by madness. There is little in that to find relief.

To adapt the aphorism, if you are not unnerved, you are not paying attention.

(h/t for photo: BHM)

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