Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Scraps Senate Healthcare Bill…

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has announced the senate version of the ObamaCare repeal and replace bill is no longer viable due to party conflicts.

Instead the Senate will vote on the House Bill with a primary Senate amendment for a full repeal of ObamaCare with a two year delay providing time to construct the replacement.

I’m not sure what McConnell’s strategy is here because a “repeal only” amendment on the bill would need 60 votes for passage.  It is beyond doubtful that eight democrats are going to vote for a “repeal only” bill.  Correction, I just noticed McConnell’s trickery, the 2015 bill was a defunding bill, not a repeal.  McConnell is just tricking people into thinking this was going in the direction of a repeal. It’s not.

The GOP have never, ever, voted for a repeal. That would take 60 votes. They voted in 2015 to defund it using the 51 vote threshold of ‘reconciliation’.  They’ve never once had a repeal vote on Obamacare.

Therefore, if this actually goes to a vote, this appears to be constructed simply as an exercise to prove a vote was taken.  ObamaCare remains and the implosion continues.  McConnell’s political calculation here is trickery.  Nothing more. O-Care remains.

WASHINGTON DC – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday night that his chamber will vote to completely repeal President Obama’s health care program — with a two-year delay to come up with a replacement.

“Regretfully, it is now apparent that the effort to repeal and immediately replace the failure of Obamacare will not be successful,” McConnell said in a statement.

McConnell wants the Senate to vote on a 2015 bill that passed both chambers and was vetoed by President Obama.  The two-year delay would “provide for a stable transition period to a patient-centered health care system,” MCConnell said.  (link)



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789 Responses to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Scraps Senate Healthcare Bill…

  1. Dale Fontana says:

    To Allen Sutton: I must respectfully disagree with your assessment here. The House and Senate are replete with people who just go along to get along and placate Deep State insiders that control the money. Listing Rand Paul, Mike Lee and Ted Cruz in that group is totally unfair and factually false. They and many members of the House Freedom Caucus have been very brave and consistent and have taken a constant beating in the Left Wing press and at the hands of Establishment insiders over many issues over the past years. Do you remember your buddy Boehner? It is these people who are principled and cannot be bought off that are the ONLY ones who are trying to stop this incessant extortion racket that destroys middle America. It is these people who love their country more than their political careers. If anyone is to blame here, it is McConnell, Ryan, and the northeast Left Wing RINO’s who have absolutely no principle values at all and as little courage. Passing a piece of legislative garbage like this is totally foolhardy. If you ran on repeal, then repeal it! Put the votes on the record and see who does what. That is what the people deserve. Remember the old saying: “We’ll find out who’s been skinnydipping when the tide goes out”.


    • Passing the bill would give Trump the ball; and Trump knows what to do with it. Doing nothing prolongs the desperate suffering of too many American families. It is unacceptable. Middle class Americans cannot afford Obamacare, and for these politicians to suggest that American families should wait longer, while they enjoy the gold standard of health insurance, because they can afford it, is self-indulgent and unconscionable. American families have waited long enough; the time for action is now. American families voted to end the suffering on November 8th of 2016. The Republican controlled congress needs to make it happen. They are without excuse.


    • Mike says:

      Rand is not his dad’s timber, Ted showed his true inner selves in the primaries.
      Don’t know anything about Lee.


  2. mimbler says:

    All part of the act. The house passed a flawed bill that would give people room to vote against it if it made it to reconciliation.

    Ever notice how many bills pass or fail by a single vote? It’s all optics so congress can give cover to its members while doing what the lobbyists demand of it.


  3. singingsoul says:

    I wonder, when I hear President, if he is naive concerning congress and the swamp that has hold of them..? I am shocked how impotent he is going against his own party and that they seem comfortable making out of themselves jokes without repercussions. .
    He has no cloud with his own party we are it and if we take it, as republicans always have ,we soon will have democrats ruling us again.
    We do not organize neither in congress or outside. The only time was tea party and coming together for rallies.
    Trump is the one who can rally us but we seems cannot do it to let congress know how they stink and we know it.
    Our congress is a fraught and we see it plainly.


  4. As I wrote in March, not unlike the venerable Sundance, there was only one way to end Obamacare, to wit: a three phase process. The House finally did its job. The Senate should do its.


  5. MaineCoon says:


    FACT: In Arizona, average premiums are up $4,800 since Obamacare was implemented.”

    Source: WH 1600 Daily

    Let the public scream at their reps.


    • L. says:

      I am living in Arizona and watching this happen. Our daughter is a PA and shares information first hand. One other piece of this is that unfortunately, large global companies are sticking it to employees through their insurance programs as well. Our insurance is through Honeywell, for the past 6/7 years our insurance has went up tremendously with less coverage and even coverage being elimated in some cases. We have few choices for providers-unlike several years ago the cost AND deductible is through the roof. Our deductible is now over $8000.00! We have Honeywell’s top tier coverage. Every year it gets worse. We pay more for less- essentially a pay cut. On an earlier post here- I noticed purple/orange map of providers across the country 2014/2017 the 2017 ORANGE areas (Arizona included) are failed areas- these areas look like mostly Christian, Republican voting sections of our country. The picture of that 2017 map is astonishing. What a disaster!


  6. Anita says:

    How bout we just repeal and replace Congress? It would be easier.

    Liked by 8 people

  7. MaineCoon says:

    Sundance was right. He talk us the RINOs were the problem from the start. He also said things are going to get UGLY.

    We are now entering the UGLY stage.

    President Trump is angry. He’ll hide it from us, for the most part, but never doubt he’s going to fix this crap one way or another. 2018 is coming. He’ll be back on the campaign trail.


    • albrevin says:

      I agree…. PDJT is pi$$ed and his ire is at Mike Lee and Susan Collins. Lee, especially, deserves the anger of all Americans. Selfish POS especially after his buddy Cruz came up with a compromise that was very legit for the ‘purists’. Cruz should be ticked at Lee, as well.

      Probably ticked at McCain and his convenient surgery, which finds him a few days later issuing statements and whatnot.

      I’m not in the camp that this is all part of some grand strategy by PDJT…. he wanted this done as he knew this was the best route to get the most Americans the quickest relief possible from Obamacare.

      Here’s the deal b/c of Senator Lee….. the next bill will be a bailout of Obamacare as it continues to sink. Basically funding and cementing this boondoggle in place. Higher premiums and screwed up care for the vast majority of Americans, so Collins and Lee can feel good about themselves and keep those donor dollars flowing. Way to go losers.


      • gymcy81 says:

        In defense of Lee:
        The bracketed [ private insurance amendment ] in the Senate bill was bracketed for a reason – easy to pull it out prior to vote, in effect raising doubt of its inclusion.
        As of Monday, the CBO score of the Senate bill – with and without the [ amendment ] – was not publicly available.

        So, ‘publicly’ stating support – until after one see’s what is written And the cost, makes some practical sense (even if some viewers want to see it another way.

        No defense for Collin$. But I am sure that she feels (mis) entitled (from years of being within the ol dc ‘sy$tem’)

        I do not know


  8. Ivan Place says:

    How about we get everyone we know to mail their favorite congresscritter a bar of soap, with a note to clean up their act, and repeal the damned thing. Full repeal, with an effective date of six months to a year, so it’s before the next election. If they get a few zillion bars of soap in the mail, they’ll get the message that enough people are po’d enough that they’d better vote their constituents’ desire, instead of their donors’…..


  9. jeans2nd says:

    McConnell sided w/conservatives, knowing full well that both the conservatives and the moderates would never capitulate. McConnell planned it that way. There was never any attempt at negotiation.

    ““Leadership made a strategic choice to side with conservatives on Medicaid from the outset, and that undermined just about any chance of them securing widespread support from key moderates,” said one Senate Republican aide, who wasn’t authorized to speak on the record.”

    “To mollify the moderates, McConnell told them that the cuts would never actually happen, as Congress has a way of punting tough decisions like that in perpetuity. His comment was leaked, and Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., stunningly charged McConnell with a “breach of trust” for the suggestion.”


  10. youme says:

    Mr. President, you have full authority to order OMB to immediately stop subsidizing the Obamacare premiums for Congress and their staff and to order OPM to rescind their decision to declare Congress and staff eligible for enrollment in the D.C. SHOP (Small Business Health Options Program) exchange.

    Please Do It Now.


  11. 4sure says:

    I am so fed up. It’s patently obvious that the uniparty is not going to pass any of Trump’s legislation. But, we knew this before he was ever elected. Many of us said the uniparty would never support Trump even if he was elected. It’s even more obvious now. We were told that he had put Priebus and Pence (two uniparty hacks)in place to get the legislation passed. Well, that plan has failed.

    Since it is obvious that the unipartry is not going to support and pass any Trump legislation, it’s time to go really ugly. It’s time to focus the DOJ/FBI on putting some people in jail. If Sessions is not up to the job, he needs to go. I am certain that somewhere in America there is a prosecutor who hates corrupt pols. so much that he is chomping at the bit to lock ’em up. Find that pit bull and put him/her in the DOJ and turn ’em loose. Same at FBI. Recess appts. will do the trick. At least we can get something out of electing Trump. Once a few heads are charged and prosecuted, things may change. Until then, congress is in charge of doing nothing and will continue doing nothing useful for us.

    The plans to primary these scoundrels is NOW. If plans and candidates are not beginning to get into the act NOW, forget it. And I don’t see any plans in the works to primary all of these crooks.

    The uniparty has always been in favor of Obama care. They put up a good act during the time Ocare was being put together and passed by the dems, but the pubs knew full well that it would pass because they knew Reid would invoke the nuke option. So, it has been nothing but a dog and pony show by the uniparty from the get go.

    The american revolution was fought over a tax on tea. We have a much worse tyrannical government than King George 111 who never forced us to purchase something we could not afford under penalty of law. Can you imagine how that would have gone over with our founders. Yet we accept it. We should have been in DC by the millions shutting that swamp down with tar and feathers as soon as Ocare was passed.

    Color me pissed. Use the really really crayon.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Pinkie says:

      The problem is that the corruption (our campaign finance system) is — by and large — permitted under current law


      • Lindenlee says:

        Yes, AND THAT is what has to be seriously amended. No more getting to keep “excess” campaign contributions and convert them to personal wealth. This has been the path to personal wealth for most of these guys. All excess contributions must be returned pro-rata to the donors. NO CONVERSIONS.

        And DOJ should start looking into those under-$200 shady donations from the Middle East in 2008, amounting to hundreds of millions of $$$ to Obutthead.

        Liked by 1 person

    • scott467 says:

      Well SAID.

      We elected President Trump to avert a Civil War, or at the very least, to avoid the forceful overthrow of a criminal, lawless, rogue, renegade Clinton administration before that crook was ever sworn in, as is our RIGHT and OBLIGATION to do, and there is no way around it:

      “This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing Government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or their revolutionary right to dismember or overthrow it.”

      Abraham Lincoln, inaugural address, March 4, 1861


      Declaration of Independence:

      “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

      That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,

      That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”


      Our Founding Fathers risked everything — their wealth, their families and their lives — to defeat the tyranny of King George III. They had immediate and long experience with tyranny, and they determined that Americans should never live under tyranny again.

      And the NUMBER ONE way to ensure our inheritance was protected was to make sure the American People are ARMED:

      Tench Coxe said: “Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birth-right of an American. …The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.”


      George Mason settled the question of militia by asking and answering: “Who are the militia? They consist of the whole people, except a few public officers.”


      Noah Webster said, “The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword, because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops.”

      [Currently, the U.S. Military consists of 1.3 million active duty, dispersed all over the world, and 800,000 reserve. By contrast, there are over 500 million guns in private hands in America, which are owned by approximately 130 million Americans, who have enough guns AND ammunition to arm all of their friends, neighbors and family. Enough to arm every man, woman and child in America, and STILL hang onto your back-up gun.

      We the People who are able to fight outnumber the military by at least 100 to 1. And besides that, MOST of our military are Patriots who would never follow a lawless order of a rogue president to attack the American People, their own families and communities.]


      “And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. … The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” — Thomas Jefferson


      Writing in the Federalist Paper No.46, James Madison said, “The Constitution preserves the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation … (where) the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.”


      In Federalist Paper No. 28, Alexander Hamilton said, “If the representatives of the people betray their constituents, there is no recourse left but in the exertion of that original right of self-defense which is paramount to all forms of positive government.”


      Richard Henry Lee said, “To preserve liberty it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them.


      Joseph Story (Supreme Court Justice) said: “The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of a Republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers…” – excerpt from ‘Commentaries on the Constitution’ (1833).


      Those words either mean something, or they don’t.

      For a long time they haven’t.

      I realize President Trump has only had six months, but he also needs to realize that we have been under fire for eight YEARS and six months.

      We all understand things take time, but there should be SOME indication that things are in process. Some signal, some assurance, SOMETHING.

      We have had a LIFETIME of ‘just wait, the other shoe is about to drop’. Many of us would like to see that shoe DROP before we check out.

      The People are starving for JUSTICE.

      For the restoration of LAW and ORDER.

      For the END of the double-standards and the two-tiered system that has supplanted Equal Justice Under Law.

      If the president doesn’t throw the starving dogs a bone pretty soon, some starving dog is going to do what any starving dog would.

      It’s incredible that hasn’t happened already.

      You can’t leave a pressure-cooker set to ‘high’ and not expect it to blow up, sooner or later.

      The hour is extremely late.



  12. Mickturn says:

    If Obeycare is totally Defunded, POTUS can then order his Dept heads to stop using/enforcing it as non-functional…it dies an ugly death…too bad those that voted for it don’t go down with it! Then Market forces can be enabled to make this work rather than all the Congressional kickbacks/bribes to Insurance companies that is in the current bad bill McConnell and his RINO’s are pushing.

    This will be in the FACE of all the Sycophants in the Repub. Party and Democraps that want to keep this alive to keep getting their BRIBES, er, Campaign Contributions!


  13. Ivan Place says:

    I posted a couple of days ago as “Ivan Place.” It’s a pseudonym, because, as the owner of a small business, the last thing I need is to annoy the lefties who are or might be my customers. I’d be happy to share who I really am, privately–send an email, and I’ll respond. Thank you.


  14. arsenios says:

    . I will bring that all Treepers should try to take care at least two, more if potential, meetings the R prospect will be holding.


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