Friday Open Thread | So….they couldn’t have the vote on the abomination known as Trumpcare


These petty people told folks that the vote to repeal Obamacare would happen yesterday, which is the 7th Anniversary of its passage.

Yes, they really are that petty.

But…like Orange Julius, the Zombie Eyed Granny Killer doesn’t know how to count.

Cause, he didn’t have the votes. You know that creature had his smug speech about Obamacare repeal all done.

Why couldn’t it pass?

Because, it didn’t pass the smell test of the ‘Freedom Caucus’.

Poster KennyMack breaks down the basic problem:


So what we’ve witnessed today….

The House GOP couldn’t pass a cruel and inhumane bill because they couldn’t make it cruel and inhumane enough. They tried to make it more mean spirited and destructive and still couldn’t pass it.

Let that sink in. This bill as is was terrible and the House Freedom Caucus didn’t think it went far enough.

Anybody after today still yapping about both parties are the same is a dumbass and can never EVER be taken seriously.


What changes and concessions did the ‘Freedom Caucus’ want?


They wanted to repeal Title 1 as well as EHB.

This is what Title I does:
Eliminates lifetime and unreasonable annual limits on benefits, with annual limits prohibited
Provides assistance for those who are uninsured because of a pre-existing condition
Prohibits pre-existing condition exclusions for children
Requires coverage of preventive services and immunizations
Extends dependant coverage up to age 26
Develops uniform coverage documents so consumers can make apples-to-apples comparisons when shopping for health insurance
Caps insurance company non-medical, administrative expenditures
Ensures consumers have access to an effective appeals process and provide consumers a place to turn for assistance navigating the appeals process and accessing their coverage
Creates a temporary re-insurance program to support coverage for early retirees
Establishes an internet portal to assist Americans in identifying coverage

This is what EHB means:

What does the elimination of EHB mean?

As per Mayhew:
If there were no clear definition of what type of insurance product people could use their tax credit to purchase, some of those insurance products would probably not provide enough financial protection against high medical costs to meet the broad definition of coverage that CBO and JCT have typically used in the past—that is, a comprehensive major medical policy that, at a minimum, covers high-cost medical events and various services, including those provided by physicians and hospitals.

IF Essential Health Benefits are dropped from the bill, the CBO will project that insurers will respond by offering very skinny benefit packages (no maternity or substance abuse inpatient services for instance as both qualify as high cost events) that are targeted to be priced at precisely the subsidy value. If there is no regulation as to what a carrier needs to include with a given maximum out of pocket requirement, two things will happen. A lot of people who otherwise would not use their subsidy would use their subsidy. And most people who are buying mostly on price will be buying policies that the CBO does not deem to be insurance.

Jed Graham has been bird-dogging this angle hard:

Because the GOP bill would mostly retain ObamaCare coverage rules, insurance would be unaffordable for lower-income and older adults with the new, smaller tax credits on offer, so some 30 million people wouldn’t claim the GOP tax credit averaging $3,000 in 2020 and rising with inflation. That would add up to more than $600 billion in unclaimed subsidies through 2026, or roughly the same $600 billion amount by which House Speaker Paul Ryan’s plan cuts taxes. Those unspent subsidies go a long way to explaining why CBO found that the American Health Care Act would reduce deficits by $323 billion over a decade.

So the end result if Title 1 is the price of passage is the following:

Guarantee failure in the Senate
Adds to the deficit immediately
Adds millions more people to the ranks of the uninsured as defined by the CBO over and above the 24 million that is the current score

So, wrap your mind around that……that much evil…that much pain in a piece of legislation, and it STILL wasn’t horrible enough for the Freedom Caucus.

This nothing but Legislative Evil.

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85 Responses to Friday Open Thread | So….they couldn’t have the vote on the abomination known as Trumpcare

  1. Trump got his wake up call today and found out Congress is not one of his employees that he can scare into submission. It’s not happening!

  2. Ametia says:

    Chris Hayes had on Michael Moore & Bernie Sanders. Please just GO AWAY.

    PLEASE! I.CAN’T WITH EITHER of these men. , rolling in and trying to take credit for folks who sweated , slaved, and made calls to stop this hideous bill from passing

    Maddow go Chuck Schumer & he’s ripping #45 a new one

    • eliihass says:

      Nunes is teetering on the edge of a nervous breakdown…

      Shallow mediocrity works well enough – and one may skate on mediocrity when one is just yet another one of the obstruct pack…the many bought and paid for minions installed in congress and taking orders from the wealthy oligarchs and their business interests who own them and doing their bidding to block good progress that moves our country forward and benefits all Americans…

      Much harder and incredibly difficult and quite a different story? When the painfully mediocre is actually installed atop – and aside from being required to be uncharacteristic ally honorable, patriotic, have integrity….has to actually work and do the right thing on behalf of this great sovereign country and its democracy…

      Nunes like Chris Christie and now, Flynn, will find that the narcissistic buffoon is callous, weak-minded, juvenile, shallow, untrustworthy, completely and entirely self-interested – and contrary to the myth, will as quickly throw anyone – including his own flesh and blood, under the bus – and drive over them again and again…to save his own sorry fat arse…

  3. eliihass says:

    It is my prayer that all these evil folks like the buffoon and his Putin white supremacist cohorts along with Paul Ryan and every last one of these bloody republicans, will play themselves into hellish oblivion…

    But we need to stay alert, be on guard because as long as the know-it-alls on tv keep normalizing, legitimizing and keep having discussions with a straight face, around the ridiculous, the profane, the treasonous and the insane…pretending that crazy, greedy, vile, inhumane, corrupt and immoral are perfectly acceptable …no, the norm, and the basis…things can and will only get worse..

    Amazing how a media and other prominent folks who had such a hard time saying President, First Lady,…suddenly can’t stop reverently employing those important titles for the most undeserving and the very worst of the worst, scummiest of scums….brazen impostors…

    And never has the word ‘former’ being so quick to be applied to these titles…especially as we all remember so well just how that word ‘former’ was never really applied to actual former presidents and First Ladies in the past 8 years – even as the sitting historic president was routinely addressed as ‘Mr’ – all while his predecessors were still being respectfully addressed as ‘president’…and the sitting historic First Lady was mostly disrespectfully addressed by her first name with no title or honorific in sight…

    Now we watch as the media and the professional money grabbers who’ll say and do just about anything in exchange for a gig, airtime and lining their pockets…spin and normalize evil…and help crater our democracy and our already fragile union…

    We watch as a blind eye is turned again and again to glaring evil, treason, corruption, incompetence — and as every conceivable previously sacred line is crossed again and again by a hollow narcissistic buffoonish puppet of a hostile foreign nation …unimpeded and enabled and without consequence – little less any of the sanctioned and normalized obstruction they were quick to encourage and root on, when the historic President tried to move the country ahead…

    We watch as a smarmy, slimy, glib, ignorant, juvenile, treasonous, corrupt, dishonest, incompetent, Putin-owned megalomaniacal buffoon is legitimized, shined up, elevated, praised, cheered on and patted on the back – even as he consistently and embarrassingly bungles, brazenly and without check lies, desecrates and trashes the White House, wastes already strained and scarce resources solely his own aggrandizement and for the promotion of his perpetually flailing family business — as he constantly flogs Air Force One as if it were the common equivalent of the ubiquitous unregistered illegal taxis ferrying around folks in a 3rd world country, disrespectfully parades Secret Service around as if they were bit actors in his inane theatrics and shameless and desperate attempts at puffing up himself …decimates long-held traditional democratic institutions and devastates on behalf of, and turns our country over, satisfactorily weakened and devasted, to a hostile foreign entity…

    We keep watching as our fickle and mealy-mouthed media provide cover, legitimize and give aid to greedy republicans looking to give the wealthiest of the wealthiest even more massive tax cuts – all while they decimate basic services and protections not just for the poor and vulnerable, but everyone else…we watch as they enable the spiteful and brazen undermining and sabotaging of a desperately needed healthcare program …hard-won and already well on its way …instead of tweaking and fixing the much-needed historic healthcare initiative — a no-brainer in what is supposedly a civilized society…and supposedly, the greatest country on earth ..and only so that republicans can once again force-feed the country their other version of even more tax breaks for the wealthy still …and to once again do the bidding of their oligarch owners, their political financiers and benefactors, and the vile insurance and pharmaceutical companies who’ve cruelly bankrupted and made a literal killing turning unfortunate and mostly inevitable illness and vulnerable sick families into not just a profit motive…but the most inhumanely extracted spoils of wealth …the ultimate evil hostage-holding profit source…

    We watch as the well-paid so-called ‘influencers’ applaud and laud and elevate and hail and spin and cover for an obviously ridiculous and shallow bullshitting buffoon …peddling glaringly smarmy hollow bullshit… a shallow, D-list bullshitter….so glaringly and smarmingly obvious in his easily discernible and nonsensical grade school level bullshit…and not even marginally savvy, impressive or sophisticated …and not even hardly on the level of the most pedestrian of pedestrian of bullshitters or bullshitting…

    And then they turn around and have the fantastical audacity after they’ve not only willfully played along, but willing and excitedly enabled and promoted and elevated and spun for the ‘he can be charming, nice and persuasive behind the scenes’ buffoon….they then in the next breath have the nerve to try to ‘caution’ folks about not sleeping on the buffoon…ridiculously invoking the ghost-written art of the deal book the buffoon did not even write…talking about how the buffoon is ‘masterful’, a ‘deal maker’, and such a ‘maverick’ and ‘businessman’ – multiple bankruptcies in, and mired in dubious foreign financial entanglements as a result ….talking about how he’s ‘defied’ everyone and everything and has ‘won’ when folks thought he couldn’t —conveniently forgetting of course to mention their complicity in all of it…or that of Putin and his cohorts…or the irrepressibly hardcore racist 30% who’ll sooner gleefully revel in poverty, ill health, hunger, ignorance, illiteracy and addiction – if it means they get to stick it to ‘those people’…

    Republicans and their obliviously ignorant, racist 30% useful idiots that the paid mouthpieces have unilaterally ordained the singular most important demographic …and just as they’ve brazenly done for the buffoon, they’ve gone about sanitizing, legitimizing, normalizing, prioritizing, enabling, elevating and emboldening them ….just as they’ve also for all intents and purposes, downplayed, whitewashed, turned a blind eye to the most egregious and what was previously automatically deemed treasonous actions, tied to Putin …

    • Ametia says:


      • eliihass says:

        LOL… Ametia..

        Sometimes you wonder if they think we’re all so stupid and can’t see and hear them …even in the din of their often whip-lash inducing wink-winks…because apart from their refusal to categorically and once and for all call evil what it is…one never knows from one day to the next, heck, one minute to the next, on which side of this evil most of these high-profile ‘influencers’ always on our tv screens, will fall..

        And I still cringe every time there’s mention of White House, President, First Lady, First Family, the Administration….and images or names of these vile, deceitful Putin-owned impostors appear..

        It’ll never be ok or normal or acceptable…never…ever..ever…

  4. The media got played by Trump too in thinking he was the deal maker. All hat and no cattle. #Trumpcare

  5. #MuslimBan 1 blocked
    #MuslimBan 2 blocked
    #MichaelFlynn Fired
    #Trumpcare vote Pulled

    We don’t win anymore….

  6. Ametia says:

    Keep pressure & focus on Trump & RUSSIA. Him trying to make nice with Bob Costa, a reporter is another smoke-screen.




    And what the fuck is James Comey doing at the White House?

  7. Ametia says:

    Told ya’ll these MOFOs are coming after internet users

    US Senate votes to overturn Internet privacy rules & block any future ones

    The US Senate has voted to overturn Internet privacy rules introduced last year by the FCC – and to prevent the FCC from passing any further such rules in the future.

    Congress disapproves the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission relating to “Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services” (81 Fed. Reg. 87274 (December 2, 2016)), and such rule shall have no force or effect.

    The issue will now face a second vote by the House of Representatives, and will become law if it is approved there …

  8. Ametia says:
  9. rikyrah says:

    Ian Millhiser‏Verified account @imillhiser

    And then there was hope.

  10. rikyrah says:

    Now that we can all say what we’re thinking, this bill wasn’t even close. They weren’t gonna get 200 votes on that thing.— Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) March 24, 2017

    • Ametia says:

      I’m going to a cookout with this weekend! Guess who the chef is.


      What ya’ll gonna bring?

    • Ametia says:

      They thought sane people were just going to lay down and literally DIE over their fool-hearted fuckery.

      Keep you eyes open though folks, because #45 and his evil minions are still going after our rights, voting, internet use, all the while LINING their pockets.

      If they can’t do it one way, they’ll access other means to get their end results.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Rep. Tom Rooney (R-Fla), asked what this failure meant: “Obamacare is the law of the land.”— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) March 24, 2017


  13. #Trumpcare



    Trump: We’re going to win on healthcare

  14. Breaking News: @CNN: Source: Trump asked @SpeakerRyan to pull the health bill.

    • eliihass says:

      That’s all they’ve been gunning for…

      Which is why they’d rather embrace and celebrate and elevate a corrupt, immoral, ignorant, dumb-ass, narcissistic, hollow white buffoon ..

  15. rikyrah says:

    Republican vows to ‘explain’ health care plan after it passes
    03/24/17 12:51 PM
    By Steve Benen
    For Republicans, it was an instant classic. In 2010, then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) made the case that Americans would appreciate the Affordable Care Act’s benefits once it was fully implemented, the hysterical fictions pushed by reform’s opponents faded away.

    “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy,” the Democratic leader said at the time.

    And while much of the right has been endlessly fascinated by this quote, pointing to it as proof of Democratic nefariousness, consider where we’ve ended up seven years later.

    A close congressional ally of President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he would have an opportunity to explain to his constituents exactly what was in the GOP bill to repeal Obamacare once it’d already passed the House.

    “In my district right now there’s a lot of misunderstanding about what it is we’re doing,” Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) told MSNBC’s Brian Williams. “And once we get it done, and then we can have the chance to really explain it.”

  16. rikyrah says:

    Regular reminder that Donald Trump’s core competency is not dealmaking with powerful counter-parties. It is duping gullible victims.— David Frum (@davidfrum) March 24, 2017

  17. rikyrah says:

    Trump’s conflict-of-interest troubles come roaring back
    03/24/17 10:40 AM
    By Steve Benen
    It’s admittedly challenging keeping up with all of Donald Trump’s scandals and assorted controversies, but we’re occasionally reminded that he maintains ownership of business ventures he refused to divest from. The enterprise, we’ve been assured, is in the hands of the president’s adult sons, Eric and Don Trump Jr.

    As recently as two weeks ago, Don Trump Jr. insisted that there’s no cause for concern, and that the current arrangement is working out well. “I basically have zero contact with [the president] at this point,” the younger Trump said at a Republican fundraiser.

    In a new interview with Forbes, however, it appears his brother has a different perspective. In fact, Eric Trump had all kinds of interesting things to say about his family’s controversial business arrangement.

    “There is kind of a clear separation of church and state that we maintain, and I am deadly serious about that exercise,” he says, echoing previous statements from his father. “I do not talk about the government with him, and he does not talk about the business with us. That’s kind of a steadfast pact we made, and it’s something that we honor.”

    But less than two minutes later, he concedes that he will continue to update his father on the business while he is in the presidency. “Yeah, on the bottom line, profitability reports and stuff like that, but you know, that’s about it.” How often will those reports be, every quarter? “Depending, yeah, depending.” Could be more, could be less? “Yeah, probably quarterly.” One thing is clear: “My father and I are very close,” Eric Trump says. “I talk to him a lot. We’re pretty inseparable.”

    Richard Painter, the former chief ethics lawyer in the Bush/Cheney administration, told Forbes, in response to Eric Trump’s comments, “It just means that a lot of what they say is malarkey because the president isn’t distancing himself from the business.”

  18. Ametia says:



  19. rikyrah says:

    When a Republican investigator needs to be investigated
    03/24/17 11:20 AM
    By Steve Benen
    It would’ve been fairly easy for House Intelligence Committee Chairman David Nunes (R-Calif.) to maintain some semblance of credibility. Even if he wanted to be Donald Trump’s sycophantic cheerleader, even if the Republican congressman wanted to ignore his responsibilities and shield the president from potential embarrassment, Nunes could’ve at least pretended to take his duties seriously.

    But he didn’t. The GOP lawmaker, who’s spent months trying to protect Trump, going so far as to call reporters to wave them off of a controversy he was ostensibly investigating, engaged in antics to ridiculous this week that the editorial board of the Washington Post today argued that Nunes himself should be investigated.

    [On Wednesday], Mr. Nunes himself held a news conference in which he cited a confidential source to describe what clearly appeared to be classified information about intercepted communications involving Trump associates. He did this outside the White House, where he had rushed to brief the president about the intercepts – even though the House Intelligence Committee he chairs is supposed to be investigating the Trump campaign’s possible connections with Russia.

    We’ve said before that it was doubtful that an investigation headed by Mr. Nunes into Russia’s interference in the election could be adequate or credible. The chairman’s contradictory and clownish grandstanding makes that a certainty. His committee’s investigation should be halted immediately – and Mr. Nunes deserves to be subject to the same leaking probe he demanded for the previous disclosures.

  20. rikyrah says:

    BREAKING: Chairman just cancelled open Intelligence Committee hearing with Clapper, Brennan and Yates in attempt to choke off public info.— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) March 24, 2017

    • rikyrah says:

      BECAUSE… it is not about healthcare. IT’S ALL ABOUT TAX CUTS.

      • Ametia says:


        Now, they beat that drum about how bad is was while President Barack Hussien Obama was in the White House.


  21. rikyrah says:


    White House finding new ways to throw Manafort under the bus
    03/24/17 09:23 AM
    By Steve Benen
    White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer probably wasn’t trying to be funny this week with his answers about Paul Manafort, but he nevertheless generated laughter. Asked about Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, caught up in the Russia scandal, Spicer described Manafort as someone “who played a very limited role for a very limited amount of time.”

    Manafort, of course, effectively ran the campaign when Trump secured and accepted the Republican Party’s presidential nomination.

    Yesterday, Spicer went just a little further, dismissing the former Trump campaign chairman as someone who was on the team “for five months.”

  22. rikyrah says:

    Trump’s Plans For Slashing Government Follow “A Sinister Script”
    A Q&A with Rep. Gerry Connolly, whose district includes the third largest number of federal workers in the country.

    by Anne Kim and Saahil Desai March 24, 2017

    President Donald Trump’s recently proposed 2018 budget calls for massive and unprecedented cuts in domestic discretionary spending, including a 31% cut in the budget for the EPA, a 29% cut for the State Department, and double-digit reductions at a host of other federal agencies charged with everything from maintaining the nation’s national parks to securing the safety of America’s food supply. It’s a down payment on what White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon has called the “deconstruction of the administrative state.”

    Every citizen in the country would feel the impact of these cuts, if approved by Congress, but the pain would be especially acute for the constituents of Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA), whose diverse northern Virginia district is home to the third highest number of federal workers in the country.

    Connolly, a five-term member who serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and as Whip for the New Democrat Coalition, has emerged as an outspoken voice in the Democratic opposition to Trump. We spoke with Connolly recently.


    WM: The federal government has always been a punching bag for countless politicians. What’s different about what President Trump and Bannon are proposing?

    Connolly: I think it’s qualitatively different. This administration, led by Bannon and his acolytes, is actively practicing a form of nihilism and chaos theory to disrupt the entire enterprise.

    [Trump] has talked about “dismantling the administrative state.” [But] what he calls the “Swamp” or the “administrative state” – we call public health, safety, and protection. He would dismantle the regulatory framework that provides clean air, clean water, safety for kids, consumer goods, a safe drug supply, a safe food supply and the like. And to say nothing of a robust R&D operation that guarantees us innovation and jobs in the future. He’s made no secret of what his agenda is, and I think this budget, his Cabinet decisions and his other actions and words are very much consistent with this disruptive theory of politics.

  23. rikyrah says:

    Why the Rush To Repeal Obamacare? It’s All About the Tax Cuts
    by Nancy LeTourneau
    March 24, 2017 8:01 AM

    Why all the rush? The explanation has more to do with what is next on the Republican agenda – tax cuts – than it does with health care. I have noted previously that this second item is dependent on successful completion of the first. Chye-Ching Huang did a great job of explaining why.

    …passing the health package first facilitates deeper tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations in subsequent tax legislation.

    That’s because the House GOP health plan reduces revenues by nearly $900 billion over the decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), including $592 billion in tax cuts largely for the wealthy. Passing these tax cuts now as part of a health package allows the GOP to offset their cost through cuts to health care spending — particularly in Medicaid, which CBO estimates the House health care bill cuts by $880 billion over ten years. If these tax cuts were part of tax reform legislation rather than being in the health bill, Republican leaders would have to offset their cost…

    Huang goes on to quote Speaker Ryan himself making that case in an interview with Maria Bartiromo.

    And more importantly, it would have been a trillion dollars more difficult to do tax reform had we done that first. That’s a big deal.

    A trillion dollars, just to give you, in your mind a perspective, that’s 10 percentage points on rates for businesses…And so taking tax reform with a bigger trillion dollar number in it makes it really hard to do. That’s why doing this first [Obamacare repeal] makes tax reform that much easier to accomplish.

    What Ryan didn’t mention is that the plan has been to do both Obamacare repeal and tax cuts in the Senate via the process of budget reconciliation (which bypasses the possibility of a filibuster) in order to avoid needing any Democratic support. But there are a lot of rules involved with reconciliation – like the fact that bills passed via that process cannot add to the deficit over the next 10 years.

    Is the picture starting to come together? Republicans want to pass trillions of dollars of tax cuts, but have to offset their costs in order to use the reconciliation process and avoid having to work with Democrats. Because Obamacare repeal gives them an offset by reducing things like Medicaid to the tune of about $800 billion, it allows them to pile up those tax cuts.

    In other words, it’s not just that Speaker Ryan has been dreaming about dismantling Medicaid since he went to keggers. He needs to reduce the money we’re spending on health care for the poor and disabled in order to fund his tax cuts for the wealthy. It’s really that simple.

  24. rikyrah says:

    Republicans find a way to make a bad health care plan even worse
    03/24/17 08:00 AM—UPDATED 03/24/17 08:08 AM
    By Steve Benen
    The original Republican health care plan, unveiled by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) a few weeks ago, landed with a thud. Independent estimates found the GOP proposal would strip 23 million Americans of their health coverage, and when Ryan told his members they could either take it or leave it, many House Republicans went with the latter.

    So, Ryan tried again, this week unveiling an overhauled version of his plan, which failed to address any of the problems with the first version, and which the Congressional Budget Office found would take coverage from 24 million Americans. The Speaker again told members they had to accept this his bill, and GOP lawmakers again said they wouldn’t.

    And now, with their backs against the wall, Republican leaders are making even more changes, managing to make a bad bill even worse in the hopes of avoiding a humiliating failure.

    Eleventh hour changes to the bill were made Thursday night – one more attempt to appease Republicans on both sides of the spectrum who weren’t yet on board.

    Those changes include a temporary extension of a 0.9 percent Medicare tax on people making more than $200,000…. The other change would move the Essential Health Benefits from being a federal requirement and allow states to determine which ones they want to include in health insurance plans such as maternity care, hospitalization, emergency care and mental health services.

    I can appreciate the fact that “Essential Health Benefits” may sound like some wonky phrase that makes readers’ eyes glaze over, but this is a critical element of the debate. Under the Affordable Care Act, private insurers are required to cover a series of health care treatments in every plan. The benefits include things like prescription drugs, maternity care, and various pediatric services, such as vision care for children.

    To woo right-wing House members, Republicans have agreed to scrap the Essential Health Benefits from federal law. As Business Insider’s Josh Barro explained yesterday, “If the EHB rules were repealed, insurers could literally sell plans that do not pay for you to go to the doctor, or that don’t pay for prescription drugs, or that don’t cover pregnancy-related care. EHB repeal would also allow insurers to sell plans that do not cover substance-abuse treatment, a key issue for members of Congress from states hit by the opioid epidemic.”

  25. rikyrah says:

    Massive, nationwide protest changed course of GOP anti-ACA plan
    Rachel Maddow looks at how massive, nationwide protest and resistance attached human stories to the consequences of repealing Obamacare and made the Republican legislative plan much more difficult.

  26. rikyrah says:

    Why Steve Bannon Might Be the Winner of the GOP’s Health-Care Civil War
    By Gabriel Sherman

    With hours to go before the House is set to (finally) vote on Paul Ryan’s health-care bill, the Trump administration is putting a full-court press on recalcitrant Republicans to rally votes. Last night, the White House sent senior officials including Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, and Chief Strategist Steve Bannon to Capitol Hill to deliver an ultimatum to wavering House members: Pass the bill or Trump is moving on to other priorities. The message was intended to put blame for a failed vote on Congress.

    The failure to repeal and replace Obamacare would be a stinging defeat for Trump. But it would be an even bigger defeat for Paul Ryan, who has all but staked his Speakership on passing this bill. And in the hall of mirrors that is Washington, the big winner to emerge out of the health-care debacle could be Steve Bannon. That’s because Bannon has been waging war against Ryan for years. For Bannon, Ryan is the embodiment of the “globalist-corporatist” Republican elite. A failed bill would be Bannon’s best chance yet to topple Ryan and advance his nationalist-populist economic agenda.

    Publicly, Bannon has been working to help the bill pass. But privately he’s talked it down in recent days. According to a source close to the White House, Bannon said that he’s unhappy with the Ryan bill because it “doesn’t drive down costs” and was “written by the insurance industry.” While the bill strips away many of Obamacare’s provisions, it does not go as far as Bannon would wish to “deconstruct the administrative state” in the realm of health care. Furthermore, Bannon has been distancing himself from the bill to insulate himself from political fallout of it failing. He’s told people that Trump economic adviser Gary Cohn — a West Wing rival — has run point on it. (Bannon did not respond to a request for comment.)

  27. #Trumpcare is no healthcare plan. It eliminates
    pediatric care
    emergency services
    prescription drugs
    lab & diagnostic tests

  28. Good morning, everyone! A little Friday fun for y’all.

    Here comes a Nigerian bride and her crew…

  29. rikyrah says:

    From Mayhew:

    Whats going to happen today?

    by David Anderson
    at 8:43 am on March 24, 2017.

    The short answer is mass chaos.

    The longer answer is we will seeing some non-controversial bills come up under suspension rules this morning. Around 10:00 AM, the Rules Committee will vote on the most recent set of changes that were placed in the bill overnight. Those changes (stripping or punting EHB mainly) are probably going to cost a quarter of a trillion dollars and could lead to millions more not getting coverage but they are not waiting for a CBO score. Once a special accelerated rule is voted on, the actual voting starts.

    My opinion is that we are in good shape if there is an immediate blocking coalition of 23 Republican No votes in the first six or seven minutes. At that point, the internal logic of the Republican caucus makes voting Yes and seeing the bill Fail become a no reward position so we could see a cascade towards No. If we don’t see that, I would not be optimistic.

    My gut feeling is that AHCA either passes by less than three votes or fails by more than fifteen. I can’t see the incentive structure for a narrow failure as the House leadership will hold the vote open for hours to arm twist a couple of hold-outs.

    So call the House one last time.

    • Ametia says:

      the THUGS will fall in line. It’ll narrowly pass. Nothing but THEATRICS!

      • Liza says:

        That’s what I’ve been thinking too. At the end of the day, they’re going to carry Trump’s slop jar, at least for now.

        Leaving us with what? What stands between us and them?

        Their goal is to decimate the entire social safety net. They figure they’ve got two years. If they don’t repeal the ACA their whole agenda is derailed.

        So if this “legislation” doesn’t pass in the Senate, they’ll just keep coming back.

  30. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone😐😐😐

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