The question is, can we kill the Senate health care bill before the Senate health care bill can kill us?

I’m not one to underestimate the political cunning Mitch McConnell, but it certainly looks like the Senate version of Trumpcare may be destined to go down in flames. [Which isn’t to say, of course, that we should stop fighting. If anything, it means that we should redouble our efforts.] Not only has it been slammed as “harmful” by both the AARP and the American Medical Association, but the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office came out today with its official assessment of the pending legislation, showing that, if passed, 22 million currently insured Americans would lose their coverage by 2026. And, for what? To further enrich America’s donor class. As former president Barack Obama said quite correctly a few days ago, this Senate legislation isn’t a health care bill at all, but “a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America.”

By all accounts, this current iteration of Trumpcare, if it passes the Senate, will put nearly $569 billion into the pockets of out most wealthy over the course of the next ten years as the taxes on America’s super-wealthy, which were passed as part of Obamacare, are repealed. As successful venture capitalist Ken Norton pointed out earlier today, this bill essentially trades human lives for tax cuts, which is why physicians groups like the AMA have come out against it, as it violates their “first do no harm” credo. But, as you might imagine, America’s most wealthy, don’t seen to care so much. In fact, the Koch brothers, two of our most wealthy American industrialists, have pledged to contribute between $300 and $400 million to Republicans that vote to pass the legislation despite what it will likely do to their constituents.

[Here’s an interesting fact: The Trumpcare tax breaks received by America’s richest 400 households equals the amount in insurance premiums tax credits of 800,000 people across 20 states. In other words, the money going back to these 400, assuming this passes, will keep 800,000 people from having health insurance.]

Trump, after celebrating the passage of Trumpcare in the House, as you may recall, was reported to have called the proposed bill “mean”, imploring Republican Senators to improve upon the legislation, ensuring that it had more “heart“. Well, today we saw the result of that effort on the part of Senate Republicans. They took a House bill that would have, according to the CBO, left 23 million Americans without insurance, and they somehow got it to the point where only 22 million Americans would lose their existing coverage. That, I suspect most of you would agree, isn’t really all that less mean. But, then again, that wasn’t really ever the point.

I won’t drag this out any further, as I know you can find better analysis elsewhere, but I wanted to at least note the fact that, if they’re not stopped, Mitch McConnell and the Republicans will rob an estimated 22 million Americans of the health care coverage they currently have, a a good number of those people will die unnecessarily. So, if you have a moment, please do whatever you can to keep this subject in front of your friends and family. The Republicans know that their only chance is to push this legislation over the goal line before the American people know what’s happening. And we can’t allow that to happen.

While I certainly get the sense that the momentum is moving against the Republicans right now, as even conservatives think tanks are beginning to come out in opposition to this horrific piece of legislation, I’m not ready to rule out the possibility that McConnell could pull off an upset. Yes, the AMA, the AARP, and a majority of Americans are against him, but he’s been able to pull things like this off in the past. So, just to be sure, find the numbers for your Senators, call them up, and demand that they do everything in their power to stop this bill from passing when McConnell attempts to jam it though later this week… We need to show them that we know what’s happening. We need to show them that, even though they’re shutting down the legitimate press, we’re still aware of what they’re trying to do, and that we’re not going to allow it to happen.

Senate Democrats, for what it’s worth, are doing their part. Right now, they’re steps of the Senate, hearing from children with pre-existing conditions. And tomorrow they intend to hold the floor in the Senate, demanding that hearings me scheduled to discuss this legislation in detail. But they can’t do it alone. We have to show them that we’ve got their backs, and that we’re willing to fight alongside them, just so long as they’re fighting for us.

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9 Comments

  1. Speaker Ryan
    Posted June 27, 2017 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    This could be “the most productive” presidency and Congress in our lifetime. -Paul Ryan

    http://hill.cm/NphDWB1

  2. M
    Posted June 27, 2017 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    They’re all going to be bought off.

    Politico: “Republicans eye billions in side deals to win Obamacare repeal votes”

    http://politi.co/2rVZo18

  3. M
    Posted June 27, 2017 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    Vox: Privately, health plan worries Senate bill would “cause most small employers’ premiums to go up”

    https://www.vox.com/2017/6/25/15871574/senate-bill-association-health-plans

  4. Eel
    Posted June 27, 2017 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    Tomorrow at 5:00 PM people will be linking arms and surrounding the Capital in protest.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1941100992803532

  5. Howard Beale
    Posted June 27, 2017 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    So what do we do when this passes? If transferring a trillion dollars from the 99% of Americans that need it to survive to the 1% that already have plenty isn’t the last straw, I don’t know what is.

  6. Jean Henry
    Posted June 27, 2017 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    McConnell warns GOP that they may have to work with Dems on health care reform if the Sebate bill doesn’t pass.
    So much for EOS and Trump’s claims that the Dems are the obstructionists unwilling to work in a bi-partisan manner.
    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/06/27/republican-health-care-bill-mitch-mcconnell-trump-239998

  7. Politico's Jennifer Haberkorn‏
    Posted June 27, 2017 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

    “Vote on Obamacare repeal delayed until Weds, could be delayed further.”

  8. Kim
    Posted June 27, 2017 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    Did you see the handmaids outside the Capital today?

    https://twitter.com/NARAL/status/879772846721040384

  9. Meta
    Posted June 27, 2017 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    New York Times.

    President Trump personally lobbied House Republicans to pass health care legislation this year, but the Trump team’s heavy-handed tactics have been ineffective in the Senate, leaving Vice President Mike Pence to lead the effort to salvage the foundering bill.

    After a “super PAC” aligned with Mr. Trump started an ad campaign against Senator Dean Heller of Nevada when he said he opposed the bill, Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, called the White House chief of staff, Reince Priebus, to complain that the attacks were “beyond stupid,” according to two Republicans with knowledge of the tense exchange.

    Mr. McConnell, who has been toiling for weeks, mostly in private, to put together a measure that would satisfy hard-liners and moderates, told Mr. Priebus in his call on Saturday that the assault by the group, America First, not only jeopardized the bill’s prospects but also imperiled Mr. Heller’s already difficult path to re-election.

    Read more:
    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/27/us/health-care-bill-trump-pence.html

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