From Andy Slavitt:
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My tweets soon summing up what is happening on Trumpcare tonight and what it means.
Follow if interested.
2- Senate will vote on a bill tonight. There is still no text, no CBO score & GOP Senators themselves ridicule it.
3- The Senate will vote on the bill anyway and justify passing it by pretending it’s a procedural vote. It’s not.
4- There are 3 possible outcomes if the bill passes the Senate: it becomes law, it becomes worse, it fails. In that order.
5-The “fraudulent disaster” as Graham called it can become law 3 ways -House passes it -Goes 2 conference, passes -Goes 2 conf, then 2 House
6- Although Ryan says there will be a conference, as @igorvolsky says, don’t count on it.
7- If it does go to Conference, that Conference will need to play to the Freedom Caucus’s interests & hug the contours of the House bill.
8- The House bill, for those who don’t remember, is an even bigger day nightmare than what the Senate will pass.
9- And this means that Medicaid would be dramatically cut.
10- It’s possible the conference will fail 2 pass anything. Not much reason to think they can succeed where Congress has continually failed.
And, from Topher Spiro:
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Topher Spiro Retweeted Chris Murphy
This is what I was talking about last night. @SenateDems are a united force.
Where things stand: debate time runs out at 9:30PM, then voting could begin. Still no bill, CBO score, or final parliamentary rulings.
Does anyone really believe Paul Ryan won’t fold like a cheap suit when Trump demands that he pass skinny repeal ASAP to get a win?
THIS IS INSANE. Health care for millions depends on whether Lindsey Graham thinks House assurances pass the pornography test.
Hey John McCain, RonJohn, and Lindsey Graham: WAKE UP. The House invoked martial law without limiting it to going to conference.
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Senate packs repeal bill w conservative priorities + Trump says he loves bill + House readies w martial law = THERE WILL BE NO CONFERENCE
Never forget that this healthcare fight is about real people. Millions of people.
This story from the NYT points this out:
UPDATE: I went to bed sad, folks.
I’ll be damned. McCain voted NO with Collins and Murkowski.
Didn’t see that coming.
I also have to give Collins and Murkowski cred for standing strong.