Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Hey, it's not our fault

Trump Lays Blame for Health Care Bill Failure on Democrats

So do Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan.

Stinking Democrats.

Just like them to refuse to help Republicans tear the best thing they have done in decades to bleeding shreds.

Just hours after two more GOP senators yanked support for their party’s health care bill, effectively killing it, President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Tuesday to blame the failure on “all of the Democrats and a few Republicans,” but added, “We will return!”

They are two conservatives who did not find it radical enough, not two moderates who found it too drastic.

Sens. Jerry Moran of Kansas and Mike Lee of Utah set the chain of events in motion Monday night in a surprise move when they announced on Twitter that they both would oppose the current bill, which was released just last week.

Moran and Lee followed two other Republican senators who had already said they wouldn't back the plan: Rand Paul of Kentucky and Susan Collins of Maine.

With Senate Democrats united against the bill, the Senate Republicans could afford to lose only two of their own members support for the proposal.

Now back to the president:

“As I have always said, let ObamaCare fail and then come together and do a great healthcare plan. Stay tuned!” Trump tweeted.

“We were let down by all of the Democrats and a few Republicans. Most Republicans were loyal, terrific & worked really hard. We will return!” Trump wrote.

"With only a very small majority, the Republicans in the House & Senate need more victories next year since Dems totally obstruct, no votes!" he added.

So now Mitch, with Bozo's voluble support, says he'll call for a vote in coming days on flat out repeal, with a promise to replace Ocare with something really, really wonderful that all Americans can truly love, within two years.

This is deep strategy.

They are expecting to lose either or both of the senate and the house to the Democrats in 2018, but not by much.

If the GOP pass now a repeal to take effect in 2019, the Dems probably won't be able to stop it or quickly undo it, and will probably bear more of the blame for the ensuing disaster than the GOP.

And the most radical of the right wing loons who control his party, the folks who always wanted repeal and never wanted replace, will be positively thrilled at McConnell's move, both for the great agenda win and for forcing the Dems to take the blame.

Thing is, who that has seen the GOP fail to agree to a replacement now when it's been promising one for seven years and has had all this time to get one together will believe for an instant their promise to pay us Tuesday for a hamburger today?

And will the threat of rage from an incredulous public now prevent GOP officeholders from not very red districts, so-called GOP "moderates" in the senate, from giving McConnell the 51 votes he needs to pull off his naked repeal?

Bear in mind it was not the "moderates," whose position is defined by fear rather than principle, who stopped the GOP plan in the senate but the "conservatives" - that is, the right wing radicals who have all along wanted to repeal and not replace Ocare, and indeed every achievement of progressivism since the McKinley Era.

The "moderates" don't actually want to oppose what the radicals aim at.

They are just afraid to support them, and usually just need enough hand-holding to bring them around.

Rarely, in the end, do they refuse their support.

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