Update on Trumpcare -the Snakes in the Senate

From the twitter feed of Andy Slavitt:

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I’ve now had 7 various conversations & here is what appears to be happening with Trumpcare. Starting with the biggest news… 1

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If McConnell has his way, the public will only have two days to read the bill, with a day to debate & a vote 6/28. 2

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This is gonna be a long one so bear with me. A lot happening. 2a

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That means no hearings, a CBO score, no chance for public debate & little time to read language. CBO score, perfunctory debate & vote.3

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McConnell had a small mtg, then the full R caucus, then a recap meeting. Then a Trump meeting. They put the PR machine on full blast.4

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They downplay prospects while folks are home last week to minimize pressure. Blare up inevitability now & probably for Trump’s benefit. 5

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Opened the mtg with “we cannot fail”– a different tone. Said ACA will fail (most know due to Trump sabotage) so they have to act… 6

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Opened the mtg with “we cannot fail”– a different tone. Said ACA will fail (most know due to Trump sabotage) so they have to act… 6
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Had a thin .ppt presentation. A “feel good” package. Longer slope on ending Medicaid expansion. Adjustments to pre-ex. More $ 4 tax creds.7

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It was like adding ketchup to rotten food. Still Medicaid caps, still end expansion, still ⬆️ prems. Still all 2 fund a massive tax cut. 8

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To be clear, “feel good” is to make them feel good, not you. E.g., improve pre-ex, but allow services not to be covered.

Feel good yet?9a

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Idea is 2 have CBO review in pieces– that’s started. But have it in by the end of the weekend. They have to fill holes & make decisions.10

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And then use June to “buy” the incremental votes they need. Most ppl. think it will pass w 50 & there are 43 in now. 11

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So expect attempts to buy Murkowski w an Alaska goodie, opioid $ for dift Senators & other pet issues. Doing this while keeping Cruz/Lee. 12

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Now for the good part.

What can be done. 13

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No 1: Demand to see the damn bill.

There needs to be a #showusthebill campaign. More it sees the light of day, quicker it fails. 14

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No 2: Do NOT get bought off.

If your issue is opioids & it slightly improves, remember hundred of billions of care goes away 4 millions.15

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No. 3: Don’t let your Senator get bought cheap.

From my yrs running the programs & the private sector, ppl cannot survive these cuts.16

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No. 4: Don’t buy the window dressing.

And with no time to review actual language & before a CBO score, it’s all window dressing.17

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No. 5: If they stumble, they fall.

They have no time to spare and if they miss by a few days, they are home 4 recess. 18

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No. 6: Follow @TopherSpiro, @IndivisibleTeam 4 latest on applying pressure to the Senate. One more hard no early will change the course.19

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Replying to @ASlavitt @TopherSpiro @IndivisibleTeam

That’s it. Back to work.

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One Response to Update on Trumpcare -the Snakes in the Senate

  1. Liza says:

    These people are morally bankrupt. Period.

    But I’ll be calling my senators Flake the Fake and McCain the Maverick. Again.

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