Repeal and Replace Zombie Still Not Dead YET
Like all really bad GOP ideas it has to be beaten and killed again and again.
Trump seems to be calling for another game of debt ceiling chicken where raising the debt ceiling is tied to repealing Obamacare.
Unless the Republican Senators are total quitters, Repeal & Replace is not dead! Demand another vote before voting on any other bill!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2017
Again as Anthony Scaramucci shows through his cloying panegyrics about Trump there is nothing Trump responds to like flattery and the flattery that will go over biggest with him is to flatter his exceptional political instincts.
If he really had even half way decent instincts he’d let this zombie go.
Don't give up Republican Senators, the World is watching: Repeal & Replace…and go to 51 votes (nuke option), get Cross State Lines & more.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 30, 2017
Evidently his brilliant political instincts don’t extend to simple math. He hasn’t gotten 51 votes yet on anything.
Because of Trump’s inveterate kvetching, Lindsay Graham is talking about a new version of zombie Trumpcare-this time even ‘skinnier.’
“As Trump steams, Senate Republicans consider new repeal effort.”
As for halting the subsidies that may well be against the law. Heck, there are already 100 different articles of impeachment based on his conduct so far, I guess he wants to go for 101.
“Lawsuits could force feds to pay Obamacare insurers.”
“The companies claim the federal government owes them billions from a program meant to stabilize Obamacare marketplaces.”
A pending court decision could force the Trump administration to pump billions of dollars into Obamacare insurers, even as the president threatens to let the health care law “implode.”
“Health insurers have filed nearly two dozen lawsuits claiming the government owes them payments from a program meant to blunt their losses in the Obamacare marketplaces. That raises the prospect that the Trump administration will have to bankroll a program the GOP has pilloried as an insurer bailout.”
The insurers are owed $8 billion and the tab is growing.
“The courts have so far split on whether the government must pay risk corridor funding since the first lawsuits were filed last year. In November, Land of Lincoln Health, a now-defunct nonprofit startup in Illinois, lost its case in the Court of Federal Claims seeking more than $70 million. But in April, Oregon-based Moda Health was awarded more than $200 million.”
Speaking of impeachable offenses Trump is making more wild threats:
“If a new HealthCare Bill is not approved quickly, BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies and BAILOUTS for Members of Congress will end very soon!” Trump tweeted Saturday afternoon.
“Trump seemed optimistic about moving forward on the bill on Friday after the shocking setback this week appeared to cripple his legislative agenda, according to a White House official. Yet several senior Republican Senate aides and allies of GOP leaders cautioned against any feelings of momentum coming from the White House on Saturday, particularly after Trump again instructed Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to change the Senate rules to a simple majority and gut the legislative filibuster.”
“McConnell has resisted such a suggestion publicly and has been pushing back against Trump privately, according to people familiar with their interactions. One person close to McConnell said Trump has asked McConnell personally to change the rules but said no.”
Again, the political savant seems to have flunked math:
As for the latest incantation of zombie Trumpcare:
“In theory, the Senate could bring back up their party line budget “reconciliation” effort to gut Obamacare as soon as next week. Graham’s bill has not been scored by the Congressional Budget Office and did not receive a test vote this week. It currently has a small group of supporters and will likely need major work to pass the Senate, like language defunding Planned Parenthood which would likely alienate a pair of moderate senators.”
“I had a great meeting with the President and know he remains fully committed to repealing and replacing Obamacare. President Trump was optimistic about the Graham-Cassidy-Heller proposal. I will continue to work with President Trump and his team to move the idea forward.,” Graham said late Friday.
Again we need to be vigilant.
However, it’s not clear how they could do this till after August recess at the earliest.
“But the GOP would have to take another painful procedural vote to open debate, and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is expected to remain in Arizona for cancer treatment until the end of the August recess. McCain voted to open debate on the Obamacare repeal effort, but voted against the GOP’s “skinny” bill that would gut the law’s individual mandate.”
Exceptional political instincts.
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