Let’s call our senators and representatives once again

Because once again, Republicans are trying to repeal ACA.  Apparently this bill is even worse than before.

One feature of the bill is that it takes some of the money that went to states that did the Medicaid expansion and channels it to states that didn’t. As a payoff, presumably. As NC will be losing money, it should be a no-brainer for our senators, Thom Tillis and Richard Burr. To date, they have voted consistently to put party over their constituents’ well-being, so I’m not placing any bets.

Speculation online ranges from “still not likely to pass” to “slam-dunk” for various reasons. It’s best not to take any chances and do what we can, now.


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2 responses to “Let’s call our senators and representatives once again

  1. Zosimus the Heathen

    Geez, they don’t give up, do they?! Here’s hoping this latest attempt at repeal goes the way of all the previous ones. I remember one of the latter – the one that triggered the great government shutdown of 2013 (I think that was the reason for it anyway) – quite well, as I was actually holidaying in the States at the time; it was quite interesting to watch things unfold on the news, and listen to Obama call the Republicans out as the petulant, overgrown, tantrum-throwing children that they were (though, of course, that didn’t stop countless idiots from claiming the shutdown was all *his* fault).

    It’s an open secret that our version of the Republican party – the ironically-named Liberal Party[*] – would love nothing more than to abolish our public health care system, Medicare, and replace it with some user-pays abomination not unlike the one the US has had for decades. Thankfully, however, Medicare is popular with nearly everyone here, regardless of their political beliefs, and any attempts to tinker with it too much are pretty much political suicide.

    *As I understand it, the “liberal” in their name comes from the fact they consider themselves “classical liberals”, which, as I understand it, is a nice way of saying that the only freedom they really care about is the freedom of the almighty MARKET (blessed be its name and its infallible decisions!) to screw the average person over without any interference from the big, bad government.

  2. Yes, classical liberal seems to be the same as libertarian, with the subtext that all the rest of the liberals are actually Doing Liberal Wrong.
    Medicare and Medicaid are actually very popular here, certainly with a lot of the Republican Party base. The best argument for why they’ll cut it anyway is that there’s no risk of losing the Senate in 2018 (the cuts won’t take effect that soon), so slash the budget and Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan can give themselves the big tax cuts they want.
    I have a grudging respect for Republicans refusal to say die. It’s unfortunate that they only use their great power for evil.

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