Senate Vote to Repeal

    This morning the Senate voted to not pass the "Skinny Repeal" of  the American Care Act, aka Obamacare. The vote was 51/49 with Lisa Murowski, John McCain and Susan Collins voting against it.

"The Trump administration threatened to block federal aid to Alaska in an effort to bully one of the Republican senators opposed to the current Senate GOP push to roll back the Affordable Care Act", according to a report by the Alaska Dispatch News.. Murowski in an act of political courage, rarely seen these days, voted her conscience. As did Susan Collins and an ailing John McCain--who took this opportunity to show he's still "a maverick".  Think about that for a moment. The man who ran against Barrack Obama voted AGAINST the GOP health bill.

      Yet, I'm unsure that this wasn't exactly what Mitch McConnell wanted to have happen.  Not many in Congress  would want to go home and explain how deleting 32,000,000 citizens-by CBO estimates--from the insurance rolls would be good for the nation, or how, again by CBO estimates, the cost of insurance (for any who could still afford it) would rise by a minimum of 20%.. Especially since there was no program in place to replace that safety net. So the Republican promises of the last 8 years have come to nothing. Next up...the Defense Appropriation bill. It should be an interesting few days ahead.


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