Will Trumpcare Ram Though Prove to be Mitch McConnell’s Waterloo?
It should be. We have to do everything in our power to make it so. Phillip Rucker and Ed O’Keefe have a very important piece about the unprecedented lack of transparency from Trump’s Washington.
Jim Acosta of CNN had some tweets about the Trump WH’s refusal yesterday to answer questions on camera:
There is a suppression of information going on at this WH that would not be tolerated at a city council mtg or press conf with a state gov.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) June 19, 2017
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) June 19, 2017
As Rucker and O’Keefe document in their piece, however, it’s not just Trump-it’s the Republican party. It’s certainly Mitch McConnell who is basically writing this healthcare bill all by himself with no imput from anyone but 12 other male, hardline Senators-one of which is Ted Cruz. This is a bill that will effect one-sixth of the economy from the man who complained that the Obamacare process wasn’t transparent enough-even though it took a year and had 100 public hearings.
The Senate bill to scale back the health-care law known as Obamacare is being written in secret by a single senator, Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and a clutch of his senior aides.”
All of this goes to the idea I have argued for some time now, especially since Trump came in: the GOP is the party of bad conscience in the modern-post FDR-era. They know the public doesn’t agree with them on most issues so they can only win by lying and disguising their true positions and views, and-yes, by voter suppression and cheating.
In this last election they made a true deal with the Devil-or at least Vladimir Putin-that they put partisan power and achieving their own very unpopular ideological goals above all else, even the national security of their own country, the integrity of the U.S. democratic system itself.
Mitch McConnell is desperately trying to pass Trumpcare in the dark as it has 17% popularity. But notice that he has a choice-he could say that since it has 17% popularity it’s not the right bill. But that’s not how Mitch McConnell thinks as we’ve seen over the last eight years. For him the only thing that matters is personal power and power for his party.
Sarah Kliff from Vox:
“I’ve covered Obamacare since day one. I’ve never seen lying and obstruction like this.”
“Republicans do not want the country to know what is in their health care bill.”
Sure. Just look at what happened to the reporter who asked Greg Gianforte about the CBO score for Trumpcare. The Republicans really don’t want anyone to know what’s in their healthcare bill.
“This has become more evident each day, as the Senate plots out a secretive path toward Obamacare repeal — and top White House officials (including the president) consistently lie about what the House bill actually does.”
“There was even a brief moment Tuesday where Senate Republicans flirted with the idea of banning on-camera interviews in congressional hallways, a plan quickly reversed after outcry from the press.”
This goes to the Rucker-O’Keefe piece again: remember Sean Spicer actually did his press conference without video or audio. But as the Rucker-O’Keefe post shows, it’s not just Trump who is attacking transparency in an unprecedented way but the Republican party, starting with Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan.
“The extreme secrecy is a situation without precedent, at least in creating health care law,” writes Julie Rovner, who has covered health care politics since 1986 and is arguably the dean of the DC health care press corps.
More quickly and less deliberatively than the Democrats did on ACA.
Yes, by about a mile. It’s not just a little more it’s a factor of about 179.
“My biggest concern isn’t the hypocrisy; there is plenty of that in Washington. It’s that the process will lead to devastating results for millions of Americans who won’t know to speak up until after the damage is done. So far, the few details that have leaked out paint a picture of a bill sure to cover millions fewer people and raise costs on those with preexisting conditions.”
“The plan is expected to be far-reaching, potentially bringing lifetime limits back to employer-sponsored coverage, which could mean a death sentence for some chronically ill patients who exhaust their insurance benefits.”
I think that’s just it, and though she differentiates Trump from the GOP here, this is Trump’s hangup as well-a win at all costs. But the costs may end up much greater than any short term ability to say-‘We passed something. We’ve said for eight years we’d get rid of Obamacare and we did.’
It seems to me this is what’s driving McConnell’s suicidal quest:
“Democrats heaped criticism on Republicans last week for negotiating their health care plan behind closed doors. By Friday, Sen. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) asked his GOP colleagues to meet with all senatorsto discuss the party’s health care plan. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has backed a leaked Democratic plan to stall the Senate if the plan advances.”
“Yet a report from Axios says Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is dead-set on holding a vote by the end of June. That means, in order to vote with a score from the Congressional Budget Office, the bill would have to be submitted this week.”
What is going on is that the GOP is the dog who caught the car. Now they feel they have to do something, otherwise what’s the reason to elect them at all? That’s a very good question but as they don’t like the answer they don’t explore this question further.
This is why they would have been better had Trump never won-with all the interference by Comey and Russia that it entailed; which now is in danger of implicating not just Trump but the entire party.
It’s like what Jason Chaffetz said on Fox the other day. He said Trump is ‘almost worse than Obama’-but what’s notable is the reason.
“Chaffetz, who announced his resignation last month, said he thought the “floodgates” would open and his committee would obtain documents that the Obama administration never provided related to investigations into Hillary Clinton, Fast and Furious and the IRS.”
“That didn’t happen.”
“That hasn’t happened either.”
“We tried to issue subpoenas. We tried to hold people in contempt and the Obama administration said ‘no,’ and the Trump administration came in and did zero,” Chaffetz said. “Nothing. Nothing changed.”
In other words, what Chaffetz wanted to do was continue to investigate Obama, Hillary and the Democrats even with a Republican in the WH-who had his own very deep and serious problems.
So when he says ‘Trump is almost worse’ what he means is that it’s no fun being the GOP chairman of the Oversight Committee with a GOPer in the WH as you only want to investigate Democrats.
In other words, on some level Chaffetz wishes Hillary Clinton had won-ie, that his party hadn’t caught the car. This is doubly and triply ironic as it was Chaffetz’s own leaking of the Comey letter that did the most to defeat her.
Overall the GOP would have been better off had they not caught the care. Then they could have kept chasing after it and barking. Now that they have caught it, they’re being unmasked as frauds.
This is a major part of why McConnell thinks he has to do this-he has to pass something. To prove the party isn’t intellectually bankrupt.
But if they are successful-hopefully they won’t be-they may realize that sometimes something is even worse than nothing.
In this sense, if McConnell and the GOP do ram through Trumpcare it may prove to be their Waterloo.
P.S. So the Gravis poll against Peter King NY2 and it has good news-almost too good to believe.
In my March poll I trailed King by 11 and thought that was very good news. Now Gravis has me up by 10? Still, the moment of truth is next week when Gravis writes up the press release.
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