Tuesday Open Thread | Trumpcare Kills and They Want to Start with Senator John McCain

The lengths of their evil just know no bounds:

Senate GOP: McCain may return for ObamaCare vote Tuesday
By Alexander Bolton – 07/24/17 05:31 PM EDT

Senate Republican Whip John Cornyn (Texas) told reporters Monday that McCain was trying to get approval from his doctors to return Tuesday.

McCain’s office declined to confirm his schedule.

Two Senate aides said they expect he will be present Tuesday afternoon when lawmakers vote on a motion to proceed to the House-passed American Health Care Act.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has said he will offer an amendment to replace it with a bill that repeals as much of ObamaCare as possible, setting up a two-year transition to craft replacement legislation.

If that amendment fails, the Senate is likely to move to its version of legislation to repeal and replace the pillars of ObamaCare, the Better Care Reconciliation Act. That measure, however, did not appear to have enough votes to pass, as of Monday afternoon.

Steven Dennis‏Verified account @StevenTDennis

Cornyn tells us he offered to drive McCain cross country in RV for health care vote.

Ain’t this some shyt?


Across the country, so that he can vote TO TAKE AWAY HEALTHCARE FROM 32 MILLION PEOPLE?

Their evil knows no bounds.

Senator McCain is a living, breathing pre-existing condition, and has been so since he returned from Vietnam.
Even if his wife wasn’t rich, he’d still be getting healthcare from that socialist organization known as the VA.

But, his wife is rich, and it’s appalling to think that someone with his health issues would even consider taking away healthcare from those who don’t have the option for the VA and/or don’t have rich wives.

THAT is the appalling part for McCain.
But, that Cornyn doesn’t have enough respect for McCain’s health to not even suggest this.

He wants McCain so that he can HURT MILLIONS of Americans.

I told you that Trumpcare was Legislative Evil.

Today, is the day, folks.

They will be taking a vote on something that they don’t even know what it is.

Then, I see this lunacy:


It’s a scary day when rational advice is coming from Bill Kristol:

Just a reminder about the unpopularity of this Legislative Evil:

If you need help when calling:

UPDATE: They say McCain is coming. This is repulsive.

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115 Responses to Tuesday Open Thread | Trumpcare Kills and They Want to Start with Senator John McCain

  1. rikyrah says:

    Trump’s White House interns did their team photo today. A quick analysis:
    Total interns: 115
    Men: 81
    Women: 34
    Black men: 2
    Black women: 0

  2. rikyrah says:


    1. He was never the Secretary of State.
    2. He is the Secretary of Exxon.
    3. His only reason for taking the job was to get the sanctions on Russia dropped. That’s why Vlad chose him.
    4. Oh, to be an unqualified mediocre White Man.
    5. He ain’t done shyt. How can he be tired?

  3. Get your tickets! Dwight Yoakam. Washington County Fair. Sept 23 2017. Brenham, Tx.

    I’m a 1000 miles from nowhere…time don’t matter to me …’cause I’m a 1000 miles from nowhere…and there’s no place I wanna be.


  4. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    Mystic Valley Regional Charter School–
    “These teens were banned from prom and track because f their hair, so they challenged their school.”

  5. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    “MA Supreme Judicial Court ruled suspected illegal immigrants can’t be held without a criminal warrant or detainer.”

  6. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    The Emmett Till sign that had been vandalized was replaced on what would have been his 76th birthday:

    “Several of Emmett Till’s relatives were among those attending Tuesday’s rededication ceremony. They included: Laura Williams of Port Gibson, Mattie Williams of San Francisco and Priscilla Sterling of Jackson.”

  7. Dean Heller’s facebook followers are lighting his ass UP about his healthcare vote.


  8. rikyrah says:

    Senate Republicans overcome hurdle, advance ACA repeal crusade
    07/25/17 04:16 PM
    By Steve Benen

    It wasn’t easy, and it took quite a bit more drama than anyone expected to see, but Senate Republicans took their first meaningful step this afternoon toward taking health care benefits from millions of Americans.

    With Vice President Mike Pence casting a tie-breaking vote, Republicans moved forward on health care reform Tuesday as the Senate successfully passed a key motion to proceed to debate on repealing and possibly replacing Obamacare.

    Momentum built over the course of the day as several previously skeptical members announced they would support Senate GOP leaders after they began detailing plans for more votes over the next days to shape the details of the legislation.

    It’s important to understand what did and did not happen today. Senate Republicans did not, for example, repeal the Affordable Care Act, in whole or in part. Today’s 51-50 vote was a procedural step, not a vote on the substance of any health care legislation.

    If even one additional GOP senator either missed the vote or voted “no,” the Republicans’ repeal crusade would have effectively ended today. But with two GOP senators – Maine’s Susan Collins and Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski – voting “no” instead of three, it means the process can and will move forward.

    Perhaps the most striking vote was cast by West Virginia’s Shelley Moore Capito‏ (R), who assured voters just last week, “I will only vote to proceed to repeal legislation if I am confident there is a replacement plan that addresses my concerns.” She appears to have broken her word: there is no replacement plan that addresses her concerns, but Capito voted the way her party told her to on the motion to proceed anyway.

  9. rikyrah says:

    Print this out. Stick it somewhere. Your roadmap to the next two days. https://t.co/2EJGOCwreq
    — Sarah Kliff (@sarahkliff) July 25, 2017
    The roadmap ahead. https://t.co/MkuKQhj4wQ pic.twitter.com/sPHSUsxEhH
    — Alvin Chang (@alv9n) July 25, 2017

  10. rikyrah says:

    With very few exceptions, the Republican Congress isn’t a party, it’s a cult. Nothing will change until they’re voted out of office.
    — Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) July 25, 2017

    • Liza says:

      Yeah, that was my first thought.

      Everything rides on 2018. Absolutely everything.

      We have got to go after those Senate and House seats like bandits from hell.

      We’ve got to fight voter suppression like our lives depend on it because they actually do.

      We’ve got to draw lines in the sand and compromise on nothing.

      F*** the GOP. Reckless, greedy hatemongers. Damn them to hell.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Today’s vote is preliminary.
    Thousands of lives can be saved if every “yes” vote has the worst night of their life tonight.
    (202) 224-3121
    — Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser) July 25, 2017

  12. rikyrah says:

    Ripped healthcare from millions, including veterans ✔️
    Opposed GI Bill ✔️
    Wants to privatize our VA ✔️
    Some legacy, “sir.”
    — VoteVets (@votevets) July 25, 2017

  13. rikyrah says:

    My heart is broken for America right now and for every single American who will face illness and financial ruin alone because of Trump @GOP
    — meta (@metaquest) July 25, 2017

  14. Liza says:

    We don't want to hear another fucking word about John McCain unless he dies or does something useful for once https://t.co/QEoRrR8xFo pic.twitter.com/Gua0s4Xs9d— Splinter (@splinter_news) July 25, 2017


  15. John McCain speaking. 🔇 I’m done listening to anything he has to say. He has shown us his character.

  16. John McCain gave us Sarah Palin and NOW voted to take away healthcare for millions of Americans. DONE WITH HIM‼️

  17. rikyrah says:

    Dear Democrats,

    John McCain just voted to take healtch care away from tens of millions of Americans. You can stop kissing his bitter old ass now.


  18. rikyrah says:

    Christina Reynolds‏ Verified account @creynoldsnc
    Memo to the admakers: At 50 votes for passage, every single yes vote was the deciding vote.

  19. rikyrah says:

    Jacky Rosen is running to unseat @DeanHeller in NV. Today he broke his word to Nevadans. Show her some love. https://t.co/fmLaYZ12jS
    — Donna NoShock (@NoShock) July 25, 2017

  20. Oh my sweet Jesus! I can’t believe it. John McCain voted yes.


  21. OMG! John McCain came back to vote to take away healthcare.


  22. rikyrah says:

    Skinny bill probably means the House bill or something close. It’s a Trojan horse. Be clear. https://t.co/iHCWcUpkPr— Andy Slavitt (@ASlavitt) July 25, 2017

  23. rikyrah says:

    NEW: Sessions “pissed” about treatment by Trump. Won’t quit. Wants to call his bluff. Via @woodruffbets @swin24 https://t.co/LkH5394Nbd
    — Sam Stein (@samstein) July 25, 2017

  24. rikyrah says:

    All of the Congressional GOP health bills have the same core flaws. This can’t be fixed: https://t.co/xbAVmjyvNh pic.twitter.com/NdRM5PJs5G

  25. rikyrah says:

    Make no mistake: this is a vote to *destroy* the insurance markets. https://t.co/Mih3Bp3TWg
    — Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro) July 25, 2017

    NEWS: Vote plan as of now per 2 sources with @VaughnHillyard that ends with “skinny” repeal pic.twitter.com/aYqmB9F8iv
    — Leigh Ann Caldwell (@LACaldwellDC) July 25, 2017

    This would put in sharp relief that their goal was never to stabilize or fix insurance markets.
    — Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro) July 25, 2017

  26. Trump needs his vote. He’s playing McCain. I hope McCain gives him the finger.


  27. Hmmmm…. can’t get those Russian sanctions lifted….time to move along


    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      From the article in the tweet you posted above:

      “Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is expressing growing frustration with the Trump administration and may be considering resigning from his role, according to a report from CNN Monday morning.

      “Though the former CEO of ExxonMobil Corp. has said that he would stay on as the top U.S. diplomat until the end of the year at least, several anonymous sources told CNN over the weekend that he might leave earlier than that.”

    • Liza says:

      No one should be surprised that McCain, in his last months on earth, is willing to recklessly endanger the lives of his countrymen. This is the same McCain that put Wasilla hillbilly Sarah Palin on the GOP ticket in his 2008 presidential run.

      I have no idea what this man is thinking. But I will tell you this much. Getting cancer or a any terminal disease doesn’t always change people like in the movies. People are what they are. They die in character, for the most part.

  28. rikyrah says:

    CALL THESE SENATORS. Make sure they vote NO on MTP. NO on whatever “healthcare” bill

    If you are represented by one these undecided senators, it is imperative you pick up the phone and call every single one of their offices.

    Senator Dean Heller (NV)

    Heller DC: 202-224-6244

    Heller Las Vegas: 702-388-6605

    Heller Reno: 775-686-5770

    Sen. Shelly Moore Capito (West Virginia)

    Capito DC: 202-224-6472

    Capito Charleston: 304-347-5372

    Capito Martinsburg: 304-262-9285

    Capito Morgantown: 304-292-2310

    Capito Beckely: 304-347-5372

    Sen. Rob Portman (Ohio)

    Portman DC: 202-224-3353

    Portman Columbus: 614-469-6774

    Portman Cincinnati: 513-684-3265

    Portman Cleveland: 216-522-7095

    Portman Toledo: 419-259-3895

    Sen. Mike Lee (Utah)

    Lee D.C.: 202-224-5444

    Lee Salt Lake City: 801-524-5933

    Lee St. George: 435-628-5514

    Lee Ogden: 801-392-9633

    Sen. Rand Paul (Kentucky)

    Paul D.C.: 202-224-4343

    Paul Bowling Green: 270-782-8303

    Senator Lisa Murkowski (Alaska)

    Murkowski DC: (202)-224-6665

    Murkowski Anchorage: (907) 271-3735

    Murkowski Fairbanks: (907) 456-0233

    Murkowski Juneau: (907) 586-7277

    Murkowski Mat-Su Valley: (907) 376-7665

    Murkowski Kenai: (907) 262-4220

    Murkowsi Ketchikan: (907) 225-6880

  29. rikyrah says:

    He is living out his White Supremacist fantasies.

    GOP Rep: I Don’t Think You Can Bully Jeff Sessions Because He’s An ‘Adult’
    Published JULY 25, 2017 8:44 AM

    Admitting he quit reading President Donald Trump’s tweets “quite a long time ago,” Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) dismissed the President’s most recent Twitter attack against the attorney general, saying he doesn’t think it’s possible to bully Jeff Sessions because he’s an “adult.”

    “I don’t think he’s bullying. For one thing, I don’t think you can bully Jeff Sessions. Adults don’t— I don’t feel bullied. I have people object to me and chant at me and do all sorts of things to me. I don’t feel bullied by it,” he said Tuesday on CNN. “If you were to ask Jeff Sessions, I’m pretty sure he’d say I don’t feel bullied by this either.”

  30. rikyrah says:

    WH Spox Backtracks, Says Trump Still Looking Over Russia Sanctions Bill
    Published JULY 25, 2017 9:42 AM

    After saying on Sunday that President Donald Trump supported a bill imposing new sanctions on Russia, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders backtracked on Monday, telling reporters that the President was still reviewing the bill.

    “He’s looking over where it stands exactly at this point and we’ll keep you posted on the decision,” Sanders told reporters aboard Air Force One when asked about the Russia sanctions bill.

    “The President has been very vocal about his support for continued sanctions on those three countries. He has no intention of getting rid of them, but he wants to make sure we get the best deal for the American people possible. Congress doesn’t have the best record on that,” she said, describing the President’s thinking on the bill working its way through Congress, which would impose new sanctions on North Korea and Iran as well as Russia.

  31. rikyrah says:

    Huge jump seen in 2018 Democratic challengers for House seats
    Rachel Maddow looks at a chart of House challengers who have raised at least $5000 by June 30 of the year before the election in which they’re running and notes a remarkable spike in Democratic House challengers for 2018.

  32. rikyrah says:

    Senate Republicans heedless of Obamacare repeal consequences
    Senator Ron Wyden talks with Rachel Maddow about the need for Americans to make their objections to the Republican repeal of Obamacare known, as Republicans prepare to vote on whatever bill Mitch McConnell presents to them.

  33. rikyrah says:

    This segment from Maddow last night is just another reason why the Democrats were PHUCKING MORONS AND WEAKLINGS to not object and stall and delay on this nomination. Their spinelessness just phucking disgusts me.


    New facts uncovered about Trump FBI pick, confirmation vote looms
    Matt Katz, reporter for WNYC, talks with Rachel Maddow about the sketchy employment by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie of Donald Trump’s pick to replace James Comey has director of the FBI, Chris Wray.

  34. rikyrah says:

    Sen Wyden on what Jared Kushner didn’t say to Senators on Russia
    Senator Ron Wyden talks with Rachel Maddow about Donald Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner’s responses to questions by the Senate Intelligence Committee on whether Kushner colluded with Russia for the Trump campaign in the 2016 election.

  35. rikyrah says:

    Even the Boy Scouts aren’t exempt from Trump’s boorishness
    07/25/17 08:00 AM
    By Steve Benen

    Donald Trump recently said his bizarre antics and behavior may not be “presidential,” per se, but he believes they’re “modern-day presidential.” In practice, evidently, that means putting on a partisan political show for a group of children.

    President Trump looked out Monday evening at the sea of Boy Scouts who were gathered in a remote field, far away from the travails of the capital, and declared that he would not talk about politics.

    “Who the hell wants to speak about politics when I’m in front of the Boy Scouts?” he asked.

    As it turns out, Donald Trump wants to speak about politics when he’s in front of the Boy Scouts.

    The rules of the Boy Scouts appear to discourage participation in partisan political events, but Trump – the honorary president of the organization for over a century – just couldn’t seem to help himself. He spent his time yesterday lashing out at journalists, pollsters, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and the Affordable Care Act.

    Trump celebrated the 2016 electoral-college map, promised the restoration of “Merry Christmas,” and threatened to fire his HHS secretary if the Republican health care plan didn’t pass Congress.

    If it sounds like I’m describing a Trump campaign rally, it’s because, in effect, I am. From Trump’s perspective, that’s precisely what his appearance was supposed to be.

    Daniel Dale highlighted the 17 “most jaw-dropping moments” from the president’s appearance, which included a meandering five-minute story about developer William Levitt:

  36. rikyrah says:

    Abandoning subtlety, Trump lashes out at AG Jeff Sessions
    07/25/17 08:40 AM—UPDATED 07/25/17 08:45 AM
    By Steve Benen

    Last week, Donald Trump complained bitterly about Attorney General Jeff Sessions, condemning the Alabama Republican’s decision to recuse himself from overseeing the investigation into the Trump-Russia scandal. The president’s argument wasn’t subtle: Trump wanted Sessions to help shield the White House, and he’s outraged that the A.G. isn’t helping cover up the controversy.

    Almost immediately, there was a question about whether Sessions, lacking the confidence of the president who appointed him, would have to resign, but the attorney general vowed to remain at his post.

    That, in turn, has apparently led to a new strategy: Trump will attack Sessions publicly, in the hopes that the attorney general will get the hint and quit.

  37. rikyrah says:

    #Georgia mails out 383,487 voter roll address confirmation notices. This includes #Crosscheck. https://t.co/Xxq7g7EouG … #VoterSuppression pic.twitter.com/pONPf5Qitf
    — Greg Palast (@Greg_Palast) July 25, 2017

    Note that the postcard return rate is SIX PERCENT. https://t.co/Xxq7g7EouG #Georgia #Crosscheck #VoterSuppression #ElectionFraud #Resist pic.twitter.com/EYQsiMPt2B
    — Greg Palast (@Greg_Palast) July 25, 2017

  38. rikyrah says:

    .@SenCapito’s health care vote will be published in the AARP Bulletin and mailed to all 271,000 AARP members in West Virginia. #VoteNo
    — AARP Advocates (@AARPadvocates) July 24, 2017

  39. rikyrah says:

    Sen Capito

    Her voicemail box is empty. Fill it people. (202) 224-6472
    — 202-224-3121 (@justdreamin91) July 25, 2017

  40. rikyrah says:

    The Congressman is right.👇 https://t.co/fnGDUhI2gO
    — Andy Slavitt (@ASlavitt) July 25, 2017

    Beyond useless to complain and vote to proceed. No hearings, no score… a “yes” vote tomorrow is a vote against an open, bipartisan process https://t.co/IJAxt40HOc
    — Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) July 25, 2017

  41. rikyrah says:

    1- Within an hour, will send out a long thread on 3 topics: the bill, the arm twisting & latest on what’s next.
    Follow if interested.
    — Andy Slavitt (@ASlavitt) July 25, 2017

    2- The Senate purposely has shrouded what bill they will vote on so they can get a Motion to Proceed passed. But..https://t.co/XeHbC0LBv9 pic.twitter.com/v86osw6rJK
    — Andy Slavitt (@ASlavitt) July 25, 2017

    3. People lose site that the fundamentals of the bill have been unchanged since Day 1.
    These 10 things have been true SINCE THE START.👇👇 pic.twitter.com/9f7RT4knpo
    — Andy Slavitt (@ASlavitt) July 25, 2017

  42. rikyrah says:

    He could afford quality healthcare. He wanted the rest of America to have it, too pic.twitter.com/9nM9gXdmP8 via @laurenm cc: @BeschlossDC
    — David Beard (@dabeard) July 25, 2017

  43. rikyrah says:

    Horrifying data Robin Yabroff mentioned: MOST pts with these 4 cancers went bankrupt pre-#ACA #NatlCancerForum https://t.co/IY8BQBMpmn pic.twitter.com/pBGFSGI0Kd
    — R. Adams Dudley (@RAdamsDudleyMD) July 24, 2017

  44. rikyrah says:

    Ted Kennedy fought brain cancer to deliver the #ACA. Will John McCain fight his brain cancer to help repeal it? #contrastincourage
    — DocStymie (@docstymie) July 25, 2017

  45. rikyrah says:

    How To Call Your Senators:
    Dial 202-224-3121
    Automated system
    Press 1. Enter zip code.
    Leave name, say vote NO #BCRA
    Let’s go, America. pic.twitter.com/bxLEZuKMBz
    — Alyson Smith (@PedsAly) July 25, 2017

  46. rikyrah says:

    Dems are going to have to fight on multiple fronts if they hope to stop a GOP effort to restrict the vote. https://t.co/r6LqsbWcJY
    — BillMoyers.com (@BillMoyers) July 25, 2017

  47. rikyrah says:

    Attention governors/GOP Senators listening to “deals” from the Admin. Unless the Feds offer $76B in 2022, you are being screwed. Walk away. https://t.co/wfF49yRFtg
    — Andy Slavitt (@ASlavitt) July 24, 2017

  48. rikyrah says:

    Repub senators voting to proceed on hth care need to explain to electorate why they’re OK with these predicted coverage losses (h/t: NYT) pic.twitter.com/JbIlYcbAwF
    — Jared Bernstein (@econjared) July 24, 2017

  49. rikyrah says:

    If the media reports are true, the President of the United States just confirmed a CIA covert action program. On Twitter. https://t.co/fEmuqHDWN9
    — Ned Price (@nedprice) July 25, 2017

  50. rikyrah says:

    Guy wth cancer rushes to Washington to take away health care from people with cancer. Welcome to the Republican Party. https://t.co/yZp0nkjRKf
    — John Aravosis (@aravosis) July 25, 2017

  51. rikyrah says:

    Michelle Obama’s best style moments of all time: https://t.co/PWdYred4RJ pic.twitter.com/RuHd9Daias
    — ESSENCE (@Essence) July 25, 2017

  52. rikyrah says:

    McConnell & GOP are trying to pass Legal GENOCIDE.
    Trump wants a recess appointment.#NoRepeal #FixACA #DontBeDistracted #TrumpRussia
    — bardgal (@bardgal) July 25, 2017

  53. rikyrah says:

    Is ConGOP setting up to short the market?
    If they kill ACA, the industry will collapse.#NoRepeal #FixACA #TrumpRussia #NoRecessAppointment
    — bardgal (@bardgal) July 25, 2017

  54. rikyrah says:

    CongressionalGOP: This isn’t just about tricking you into genocide via Healthcare. Trump needs a recess appt to fire Mueller. #ThatsAllOnYou
    — bardgal (@bardgal) July 25, 2017

  55. rikyrah says:

    No one knows what the Senate’s going to do. But it will do it today.

    It’s impossible to overstate how incredible this is:

    The Senate is planning to vote today to begin debate on a health care bill.
    No one knows which one — which means no one knows what it would do. Would it fundamentally restructure Medicaid? Would it send individual insurance markets across the country into a tailspin?
    The Senate won’t know until it has already voted, later in the week, on one bill or another. And all of the available options still have major holes.

  56. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning,Everyone 😐😐😐

  57. Is there not one republican who has the common sense to tell John McCain to stay home, rest and concentrate on his own health?

  58. If my dad had been diagnosed with brain cancer & someone asked him to travel across the country to take a vote, I’d probably smack the ISH out of them.

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