AMERICANS: You can take my health insurance from my cold, dead hands.
GOP: Yes, we can. That’s on page 39 of the Senate Trumpcare bill.
No, Nancy Pelosi Never Said Obamacare Was Secret
Yesterday’s public waffling by Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) put the healthcare bill in sudden danger that almost certainly will mean notable changes.
Assuming Vice President Pence as tie-breaker, the White House and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can only lose two Republicans, and at least eight have expressed misgivings about the bill as currently written.
We asked a high-level source close to Senate leadership for a danger gradient of who is most at risk of defecting. From the source’s texts:
Sen. Susan Collins of Maine: “She wants to remain engaged in negotiations so makes sense not to foreclose the option to vote ‘yes.’ But there is no way she’ll vote for this bill, just on pro-life protections alone.”
Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky: “He’s talking about getting a 60-vote threshold revamp of [Obamacare]. … He wants this bill to fail. In that vacuum, he feels his bill will get more steam. … The principle instead of outcomes. Which is admirable. But can’t really legislate that way.”
Sen. Mike Lee of Utah: “I do think he wants to get to ‘yes.’ I think he realizes that if this fails, it kills the reconciliation vehicle and possibly the chance to repeal major elements of Obamacare. But his vote will come [with] major improvements that may or cannot be accommodated by the budget rules constraining recon.”
Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada: “If I were Heller and the possible 50th vote, I’d make damn sure to negotiate a big win for Nevada. He has other priorities beyond healthcare. Yucca [Mountain nuclear dump, which he opposes] is one that could possibly be on the line here if he goes up against the President and fellow Rs.”
Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska: “The bill could be improved by amendment to improve Alaska’s standing.”
Sen. Corey Gardner of Colorado (NRSC chair): “I think Gardner will be OK.”
Ditto for Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, one of the four conservatives — along with Paul, Lee and Ted Cruz — who rained on the bill’s introduction with a joint letter saying they were “not ready to vote for this bill.”
… And Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, looking to his party future.
Paragraph of the day … WashPost A1, “In health-care bill, two prized Republican goals converge,” by Damian Paletta: “[L]ong-term conservative goals of cutting taxes and entitlement spending have overtaken Trump’s agenda … The legislation would sharply break with pledges Trump made during the 2016 campaign to block reductions in Medicaid spending and to deliver tax cuts primarily to the middle class.”
Lead story of tomorrow’s WashPost Outlook section, “Raw intelligence, 140 characters at a time: President Trump’s tweets are a gold mine for foreign spies, says former CIA analyst Nada Bakos”:
“CIA operatives have risked their lives to learn about foreign leaders … With Trump, … secret operations are not necessary to understand what’s on his mind.”
“Intelligence agencies try to answer these main questions when looking at a rival head of state: Who is he as a person? What type of leader is he? How does that compare to what he strives to be or presents himself as? What can we expect from him? And how can we use this insight to our advantage?”
“In building a profile of Trump, an analyst would offer suggestions on how foreign nations could instigate stress or deescalate situations, depending on what type of influence they may want to have over the president.”
“[T]he platform lets him speak directly to his supporters whenever he chooses. Unfortunately for the rest of us, they aren’t the only ones listening.”
But Trumpublicans LOVE that their boy Tweets and speaks his mind. They admire him for this talent.
I heard a focus group of Trump voters actually say they were proud of the time Donald pushed that foreign leader out of his way to get to the front to for the photo op at that NATO meeting.
Most sane people was ashamed that the US president was that much of damn arrogant little bully man-child.
But these Trump voters applauded their bully man-child and justified his rude behavior because ‘Trump is putting the world on notice that America is back on top’.
I swear to God – that entire group of Trump voters must be on some heavy-duty mind-altering drugs.
Or just plain D.U.M. ??
Sharing a friend’s Facebook post —
Just got off a healthcare coalition call with Senator Schumer. His message:
1. Grassroots pressure will determine whether this passes.
2. They’re not seeing nearly the response there was to the House bill. That needs to change.
3. It’s make or break this week. Unlikely McConnell will drag this on past next week because he wants to move on to tax cuts.
4. The following Senators are wavering and need to be flooded with contacts:
1. Heller is the most important (R-NV) (202) 224-6244
2. Collins (R-ME) (202) 224-2523
3. Murkowski (R-AK) (202) 224-6665
4. Capito (R-WV) (202) 224-6472
5. Cassidy (R-LA) (202) 224-5824
6. Flake (R-AZ) (202) 224-4521
7. Gardner (R-CO) (202) 224-5941
8. Portman (R-OH) (202) 224-3353
9. Cruz (yes, that Cruz – he’s facing a tough reelection battle) (R-TX) (202) 224-5922
10. Paul (R-KY) (202) 224-4343
11. Lee (R-UT) (202) 224-5444
12. Sasse (R-NE) (202) 224-4224
Share this list on social media and find people who live in those states and impress the urgency of this on them. Those phones need to ring like crazy starting today.”
OK a little low brow, but if i were to strip naked and paint my body purple. then walk down the middle of Douglas at high noon. Do you think that people would see my intelligence and think I am a wise and smart person? Well some of the replies and statements I either see from trump supporters or in reply to something I had posted about trump. Strikes me as if I was seeing them walking down Douglas as I had described. Some maybe playing a joke and are actually making fun of trump supporters. I will give some that much credit. But still they are painting their naked body purple while doing it.
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