Thursday, July 27, 2017

Senate Defeats Republican's 2nd Effort To Repeal Obamacare In As Many Days

On Monday night the Senate voted on and narrowly passed a procedural measure allowing them to move ahead with their goal to repeal Obamacare.

Feeling lucky they immediately tried voting on a proposal to repeal and replace Obamacare called "The Better Care Reconciliation Act" which was voted down, 43-57, with nine Republicans voting no.

Last night the Senate tried their luck again and proposed a full Obamacare repeal without replacement - An action the Congressional Budget Office estimated would have resulted 32 million more uninsured over the next decade.

It too was crushed by a vote of 45-55, with seven Republicans opposing the measure.

The failed effort was remarkable in that two years ago, when the Republicans controlled the House and Senate, they passed an identical measure.

That vote was apparently easy for them as they knew with certainty that as soon as they sent it to President Obama he would veto the bill... which of course he did.

The 2015 passage of that legislation was a political exercise with no consequences to be paid. What the Senate and the House does these days will have repercussions and no one wants to bear the responsibility for gutting medicaid, raising insurance premiums and kicking US citizens off their health care.

So after seven years it has become clear that the stakes are real, the GOP is gutless and it's members are without political or ethical morals.

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