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The GOP is caught between a rock and hard place and Senator Bill Cassidy wants a do-over.
“A new bill will be introduced tomorrow. (Today! Monday!) ‘Whatever the CBO score is will be superseded by another score'”.
This is the rock.
and all of us…
This is the hard place.
These uber-rich oligarchs are now threatening to cut their sucklings off at the teat if health care and tax bills aren’t passed for their benefit.
“At a weekend donor retreat attended by at least 18 elected officials, the Koch brothers warned that time is running out to push their agenda, most notably healthcare and tax reform, through Congress.” Apparently, the GOP is risking a mid-term election kitty of between $300-400 million dollars if they don’t accomplish their mission.
“If we don’t get healthcare, none of us are coming back,” Dave Brat (R-Va) said in a brief interview. “We said for seven years you’re gonna repeal Obamacare. It’s nowhere near repealed.”
It’s the same for tax reform, Brat said: “We don’t get taxes through, we’re all going home. Pack the bags.”
“As more than 40 subdued Republican senators lunched on Chick-fil-A at a closed-door session last week, Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado painted a dire picture for his colleagues. Campaign fund-raising was drying up, he said, because of widespread disappointment among donors over the inability of the Republican Senate to repeal the Affordable Care Act or do much of anything else.
“Donors are furious,” one person knowledgeable about the private meeting quoted Mr. Gardner as saying. “We haven’t kept our promise.”
Texas-based donor Doug Deason has already refused to host a fundraiser for two members of Congress and informed House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., his checkbook is closed as well.
“Get Obamacare repealed and replaced, get tax reform passed,” Deason said in a pointed message to GOP leaders. “You control the Senate. You control the House. You have the presidency. There’s no reason you can’t get this done. Get it done and we’ll open it back up.”
“While some donors threatened to withhold campaign cash, Koch’s team outlined a broader strategy to help shape the debate. Already, Americans For Prosperity claims a paid staff of more than 400 full-time activists in 36 states.
The group is actively lobbying Senate Republicans to change their current healthcare proposal, which it views as insufficiently conservative.”
“We are not committed to the Senate bill in its current form, but there is still time to make changes and we’re actively working to improve it,” Phillips said.
…What’s different: According to Graham and Cassidy’s analysis, the revised bill would direct more money to Alaska, Arizona, Kentucky and Maine, compared with earlier versions. But it would still reduce overall federal funding to those states — whose Republican senators are, for now, opposed to the bill or undecided.
- Although the state-by-state numbers being circulated show these states faring well, the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Larry Levitt called them “pretty misleading,” as they don’t take into account the per-person cap on federal Medicaid funding. They also add state savings to the block grants under the bill, but don’t include them in the current law baseline, meaning the comparison isn’t apples to apples.
The revisions also ramped up some of the regulatory rollbacks needed to help win conservative votes. Sen. Ted Cruz said earlier today that he’s not yet on board with the legislation…Regulatory changes:
- Allows “multiple risk pools,” which could separate sick and healthy people and thus drive up premiums for people with pre-existing conditions.
- Allows states to change the federal cap on out-of-pocket costs for enrollees.
- Allows states to decide how much insurers can charge people with pre-existing conditions, the benefits plans must offer and how cost-sharing is structured.
- States only have to describe their plans; they don’t have to submit waivers of insurance rules.
- “If there was any question about Graham-Cassidy’s removal of federal protections for pre-existing conditions, this new draft is quite clear,” Levitt tweeted.”
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This bill is worse than any other TrumpCare bill to date. It doesn’t pass the Kimmel Test (watch his monologue if you haven’t already). It’s opposed by a bipartisan group of governors, Medicaid directors in all 50 states (that’s huge for all you non-wonks), and consumer healthcare groups (think AARP) and associations of medical professionals (the American Medical Association). Basically, it’s hated by everyone–except Senate Republicans.
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How do we fight back? – Step 3: NOTIFY YOUR LEGISLATORS!
How do we fight back? – Step 4: STOP FUNDING THESE GUYS!
Boycott the products and services of those who would harm us.
It’s not easy. But Sleeping Giants has put a hitch in Breitbart’s giddyup, and maybe we can too.
The Koch brothers have a finger in everything.
But they are actively trying to harm us, so think of their products as the life’s blood of their campaign against us and keep them out of your house.
Go forth today, tomorrow and until they stop this horror-show and resist like crazy!
JUST NOW ADD-ON (Posted Sep 25, 2017 10:41 AM)