Beyond Closed Doors, ‘The Nice Republican’ John Kaisch is Pushing TrumpCare
This just makes the point I’ve argued for years-there are no nice Republicans anymore. There once was-but less and less so in the last 25 years.
Be woke: the GOP behind closed doors in the Senate is trying to pass Trumpcare/AHCA. Call your reps today! https://t.co/zu4mGytU54
— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) June 13, 2017
Consider that there were some Bernie Bro electors on the Electoral College who chose to vote for Kaisch rather than Hillary Clinton.
Anyway, we do need to keep our eye on the ball.
My advice today: focus 10% of your attention/outrage on Sessions testimony, 90% on the secret health care bill that is speeding to a vote.
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) June 13, 2017
Honestly, though, from what I’ve heard by experts on these matters, you should not pretend to be someone’s constituent if you’re not. And I have no GOP Senators-thankfully.
We do need to focus on this evil, rotten plan, this GOP stealth attack. But I will also be watching Jeff Sessions and taking in every word. Those with a GOP Senator though should call. In truth it’s about delegation of duties-we all have to stay in our particular lane and do what’s needed to be done.
But I take Senator Murphy’s point.
“Ohio’s influential Republican governor, John R. Kasich, said on Monday that he could accept a gradual phaseout of the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, but only if Congress provides states with more money than the House health care bill included and more flexibility to manage the health program for the poor.”
Kasich has been selling us on his being ‘A different kind of Republican’ but this makes it clear, they’re just weasel words.
He hopes the qualifiers-‘more money than House bill, more flexibility to mange the health program for the poor’ folks lose sight of the punch line-he supports a rollback of the Medicaid expansion.
“Mr. Kasich’s statement could prove significant as Senate Republicans try to find near unanimity on a bill to repeal and replace President Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement. His position points to a compromise that moderate Senate Republicans could embrace — but that could challenge the chamber’s most conservative members.”
“I don’t have a problem with phasing down the enhanced federal payments,” said Mr. Kasich, who is working with several other Republican governors from states that have expanded Medicaid. “But it can’t be done overnight, and it has to be done with the resources and the flexibility that are needed so people don’t get left behind. You just can’t be cutting off coverage for people.”
“Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, can afford to lose only two Republican senators as he struggles to get 50 votes for a health care bill whose deadline keeps slipping. A vote he had hoped to get by the end of this month may not come until July.”
“Twenty Republican senators come from states that have expanded Medicaid, and many could be influenced by Mr. Kasich, including Senator Rob Portman of Ohio.”
“The governor said in an interview that he also hoped to bring in a few Democratic governors as the Senate reaches a pivotal week in its efforts to repeal major provisions of the health care law, under which 20 million Americans have gained coverage.”
He won’t win over any Dems by rolling back the Medicaid expansion.
P.S. As we saw in my poll out last week, the long awaited poll results are in, and right now I’m just 11 points down vs. Peter King (GOP-NY-District 2). And the voters don’t even know who I am yet.
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