After GOP Tax Reform Scam it’s Official: There are NO GOP Moderates Left
I mean when it matters, they vote with the GOP.
Also, lesson of tax vote: "moderate" Republicans vote party line when it matters. I suspect voters will absorb this, increasing the size of the wave https://t.co/JH0rbybPOh
— Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) December 20, 2017
Susan Collins, the GOP Senator from Maine was seen as a hero after she refused to vote for the GOP Senate’s ‘ACA skinny repeal’ in the Summer.
But now she has just voted for the tax reform scam that is basically skinny repeal-eliminating the mandate-she voted against in the past. No one sees her as a hero anymore.
And her defense of her actions here are fairly outrageous, claiming that criticism of her vote is somehow rooted in sexism.
“No, Collins is unique. She is the only senator who staked her continued presence in the Senate (forgoing a run for governor) on bridging the divide between the parties and who vowed to protect the Obamacare exchanges. What she got was a promise from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to pass two partial offsets that would mitigate some of the harm done by repeal of the individual mandate. She also at the time stated that she’d have a vote on those bills in hand before voting for the tax bill. She doesn’t have that promised vote and likely won’t get the bills through the House (which objects to anything shoring up Obamacare). Collins nevertheless will vote for a bill that included repeal of the individual mandate without receiving any offset. Her vote in that regard is no different from that of other Republicans who vowed to rip up Obamacare root and branch. Her constituents and local media are understandably very upset with her.”
“She might not like the characterization that she was “duped,” but there is no other way to describe the “deal” she made to secure her vote on a bill that does harm to many of her constituents, perhaps pricing them out of the individual insurance market.”
And it sure looks like she was duped. But, no sweat, she is letting it slide:
“Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), in the face of staunch GOP opposition, is letting Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) slide away from his promise to pass legislation stabilizing health insurance premiums before year’s end.”
“Collins previously said she had an “ironclad” commitment to get it done before the new year, but with Congress set to recess in a few days, time is running out.”
“The proposal to pass legislation subsidizing insurance companies to soften the blow of repealing ObamaCare’s individual mandate ran into stiff opposition from House conservatives, who insisted on anti-abortion language.”
“Collins acknowledged on Wednesday that McConnell and Vice President Pence won’t be able to keep their promise to enact the insurance stabilization legislation in exchange for voting for tax reform.”
“Collins and Senate Health Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said in a statement Wednesday that they will introduce the insurance market stabilization proposal “after the first of the year when the Senate will consider the omnibus spending bill” and other priorities such as reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program and funding for community health centers.”
Right CHIP which has also been left languishing.
At this point it’s time to retire the brand of a moderate Republican. Such an animal no longer exists. They are all hard Right Republicans full stop.
The moderate thing just gives them goodwill they don’t deserve.
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