Thursday, July 20, 2017

Trump let GOP dig its own grave on health care


“Isn’t it obvious they don’t want to do anything?”– Rush Limbaugh, July 17

The above quote from syndicated radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh reflected his somewhat bemused appraisal of Senate Republicans’ efforts to replace (or more accurately, repair) the Affordable Health Care Act, or Obamacare, with alternative (or more accurately, additional) legislation. Early this week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that the Senate would not hold a vote on the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), since it was apparent that there were not enough Republican votes to pass the measure.............

On Tuesday, Rush Limbaugh excoriated Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Shelly Moore Capito, R-W.Va., for helping to spike the BCRA, calling the women “leftists” who are running the Senate, rather than McConnell. The three senators did in fact begin telegraphing their opposition to a full repeal of Obamacare immediately after McConnell cravenly took up the repeal banner anew.

When Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters, or Chuck Schumer make incomprehensibly implausible statements or blatantly lie, we expect it because we know that they’re playing to their base, which consists of the deluded and the dizzyingly stupid. It is chilling to consider that House and Senate Republicans have the same low regard for their constituents as Democrats have for theirs, but this is more than suggested given that the Republican base is now expected to summarily accept McConnell as a champion of repeal and his colleagues’ intentions as genuine..............Read more

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