Tuesday, September 26, 2017

It's Dead Jim Obamacare Schadenfreude

. . . sometimes, when a party has spent most of a year producing health care bills that excite almost nobody and that even the senators voting for them can’t effectively defend, it’s worth stepping back and thinking about our national priorities.

This goes for both parties: not only the stepping-on-rakes Republicans, but the suddenly single-payer-dreaming Democrats. If Obamacare repeal is really dead for the year 2017, both left and right have a chance to shake their minds free of the health care debate and ask themselves: What are the biggest threats to the American dream right now, to our unity and prosperity, our happiness and civic health?
John McCain lied — he doesn't really want to repeal Obamacare
Conservatives, long considered obstacles to cooperation by centrists such as McCain, have made the necessary concessions on every major legislative attempt in the House and the Senate to create a coalition capable of repealing and replacing Obamacare. Even the Tea Party Patriots endorsed Graham-Cassidy, a bill that leaves in place much of the regulatory structure established by Obamacare.
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If he truly believes that "any serious attempt to improve our health care system must begin with a full repeal and replacement of Obamacare," McCain knows there is no bipartisan solution to reform that meets his own standards. After voting for repeal, and arguing legislative attempts to achieve full repeal and replacement were essential, McCain is now moralizing about the importance of bipartisanship, after conservatives compromised to deliver on their promises and save a failing system.
McCaincare: The dishonorable Senator from Arizona.
"I won’t stop fighting to repeal and replace," McCain declared during the last election. It would have been more accurate if he had admitted that he won’t stop fighting efforts to repeal ObamaCare.
Trump pins blame on McCain as latest GOP health-care bill sinks Fair enough, but he had help. Susan Collins: “It’s Difficult To Envision” Voting For Graham-Cassidy and Shocker: Maine Socialist Susan Collins Will Vote Against Graham-Cassidy. Et tu Ted? Ted Cruz: 'Graham and Cassidy Don't Have My Vote, and They Don't Have Mike Lee's Either' and Ted Cruz Just Stuck A Fork In The Graham-Cassidy ObamaCare Repeal/Replace Bill. He might just want to spite Lindsay, but I'll give him the benefit of the doubt that it's on principle.
Put that in your pipe and smoke it, fake "principled" conservatives. You're either in favor of the free market and opposed to socialized medicine, or you're an opportunist who just supports whatever it is your supposed "side' is pushing at the moment. You can't have it both ways.
Republicans press ahead with Graham-Cassidy health care bill despite mounting defections in Senate, but then Senate won’t vote on last-ditch Obamacare repeal bill; Republicans made the decision after it was clear their latest plan would fail.

Obamacare Repeal: Is There Life After September 30? The American Spectator says "Yep." Clearly Rand Paul and Ted Cruz think so. I'm not so sure.

Levin takes ‘deceitful SOB’ Kimmel & pal Schumer to the WOODSHED
In vintage Mark Levin form, Levin came out firing Friday night, refusing to let late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel off the hook for peddling dangerous health care lies and myths all week.

“Now we learn that Jimmy Kimmel and Chuck Schumer have been working behind the scenes,” Levin said, referring to a breaking-news report from the Daily Beast Friday. The Daily Beast report alleges Kimmel and his team worked with the Senate minority leader for months to combat Obamacare opposition.

“Jimmy Kimmel, you’re a deceitful SOB. You should’ve told the American people when you were espousing what you were espousing that you were getting talking points from Chuck Schumer,” Levin blasted.
As Obamacare repeal implodes (again), Democrats prepping for single-payer self-destruction
It's probably true that voters are skeptical of Republicans' ability to fix the mess that is health care, especially when the party is led by an unpopular president whose knowledge of medical procedures seems to be limited to the plastic surgery performed on television personalities. But the public saying, "I'm not so sure it's a good idea to write and pass a bill in a week after Republicans had seven years to fix Obamacare" is far different than "I want the federal government fully in charge on my health care."

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