1. The main effect of this bill was to give states that refused to expand Medicaid a Republican-owned chance to do just that. But they still have a chance to expand: All they have to do is to say yes.

    That’s why this is all about partisan theater. The GOP wants naming rights on the stadium. They are willing to kill thousands of people to get that. I’m not exaggerating. Refusing to expand Medicaid really does kill a certain number of people for lack of coverage.

    • I think that it goes beyond not wanting to expand Medicaid. They’ve been on a mission to cut SS and Medicare since they were adopted decades ago. With voter suppression, gerrymandering, keeping the minimum wage low, cutting food stamps, shutting down Planned Parenthood, keeping the costs of contraception off of people’s medical coverage, cutting medical coverage in general, banning abortion entirely, tax cuts for the rich and the corporations, their constant corporate welfare support for the fossil fuel industries even though they don’t need it (for their campaign contributions) at the peril of the planet, obstructing education efforts, etc. I’ve come to the conclusion that the Repubs want this country to consist of two classes: The obscenely rich and the abject poor. But there’s going to have to be a housing study done to figure the optimum density of refrigerator boxes under overpasses and the population they can support. Of course, pushing all studies aside, it’s been proven that the more money there is in circulation, the better off everyone will be. But they and this country’s business community can’t seem to think beyond next week, much less the decade ahead.

  2. I don’t trust Rand Paul. Although he’s probably more philosophically against Trumpcare. I think it’s strange that no Republican senator – with the exceptions of McCain and Collins – voiced any opposition to the bill because of the adverse effects it would have on the people of their state. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska would help the cause if she voted no too for the above reason. You’d think that McConnell would finally get smart enough to start working with the Dems on this, but their radical supporters won’t hear of it. It’s sad that the whole Republican party is being run by a small portion of voters and of course, the lobbyists.

  3. Thanks Sen John (Wacko bird) McCain, Sen. Sue Collins, two principled moderates, and Kentucky’s Wacko bird Sen Rand Paul.

    To the Republican Senate and the Republican House, instead of trying to erase a black man’s legacy; how about you fund ACA, work with Democrats to fix what needs to be fixed in Health Care, let the government negotiate for medications and control, the obscene patent profits of pharmaceutical companies.

    The American people have spoken many times; they want to keep the ACA. Now, do your constituents a favor and LISTEN TO THEM!

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