Hey, remember when everyone was talking about repealing Obamacare?
What’s next for healthcare reform
While neo-Nazis and garner wall to wall media coverage, we can’t help but wonder what happened to the endless promises of an Obamacare repeal.
Bouncing from one embarrassing repeal failure to the next, Congressional Republicans are using their summer recess to regroup. And Lord knows they need to get their act together.
As we’ve discussed at length, it’s hard to believe Republicans have any serious intentions of repealing Obamacare, but this is where we are, or at least what we’re being told:
White House Wants McConnell to Try Again Come September
This should be fun. McConnell made it clear after the Senate’s last failed attempt to roll back Obamacare that “it’s time to move on,” but the White House isn’t read to throw in the towel just yet.
From The Hill (grab your salt shaker here since The Hill is using anonymous sources for this scoop):
White House officials are exploring ways to pressure Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to return to the controversial issue of ObamaCare repeal when the Senate returns to work in September.
President Trump, who has repeatedly criticized McConnell in public, wants to hold the leader’s feet to the fire on the issue, say White House sources.
“I have not heard a single voice in the White House say give up on healthcare. Everyone keeps saying ‘let’s keep trying and let’s keep pushing,’ ” said one White House source.
“We’re definitely not ready to move on and feel members should keep looking for a way to pass the bill. It would be one thing if it had fallen 30 votes short but they were just one vote shy of passing a bill in the Senate,” the source added.
One point of leverage the White House may explore is using the looming expiration of reconciliation instructions for fiscal 2017 to argue for one more push.
Under the rules, the GOP has until the end of September to pass ObamaCare repeal legislation under the fast-track rules, which prevent a Democratic filibuster.
This means the GOP has just one last chance to defund Planned Parenthood or eliminate the most unpopular elements of ObamaCare, such as the mandate on individuals to purchase insurance.
Trump’s threat to end insurer subsidies causes market uncertainty, counter threats of looming premium increases
After the Senate GOP flubbed their last attempt to repeal Obamacare, Trump, via Twitter, indicated he might end insurer subsidies. As a result, insurers claim a lack of subsidization would drive up the cost of premiums by some 20%. And they’re probably right about a premium increase, though by how much is another story. But this all seems like much ado about nothing because Trump hasn’t actually stopped subsidies, nor is there any plan to do that and bonus, Trump indicated subsidies will be paid in August. Not to mention that it’s the CBO (and we know how reliable their analysis is) is responsible for this 20% figure. Our analysis? Speculative hand wringing.
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What’s next? That’s easy. There’s an election coming up. We’re going to throw out as many lying RINO bums as possible, then try again.
Starting with old man mccain.
God is going to take care of him. McFlake needs to go down at the polls though.
And his fellow rat, McConnell. And Ryan.
So yesterday I read that my namesake Nancy had the CBO commission the report that showed O-Care premiums would rise by 20% IF Repubs didn’t restore subsidies to insurers.
No mention that over 6 million Americans preferred defying Federal law and pay a penalty/fine/tax instead of signing up for this monstrosity. And I fully expect more blather that 13, no I mean 15, or will it be 20 MILLION Americans will be without health insurance regargless of what the stoooopid GOP comes up with.
What’s next are further attempts to prop-up O-Care with more taxpayer $$ an, of course, for the Left to ram thru Single Payor.
As Eric Cantor said, the GOP has no interest in repealing O-Care, it was just BEE-ESS for the purposes of getting elected.
Entitlements never go away.
And the answer to every failed govt program is to enact another failed govt program.
Contrary to what ProgPierre shrieked last nite, Conservatives are not “winning”…
I’m in the individual market and my premiums went up 82% last year. I would look forward to a 20% increase.
I’m not interested in another McConnell attempt. The man is either incompetent or is sabotaging the effort. I want to get rid of McConnell and then try again with more conservatives in the Senate.
He is committing sabotage. How else do you explain his intentional thwarting of Trump’s ability to make interim appointments during this current “recess”?
Matt, of COURSE he’s sabotaging the effort.
It’s us against them now.
Until after the elections, and any changes caused by the elections, McConnell will always have enough Republicans who will change sides to make sure that Obamacare stays intact. The GOPe wants it to stay, so it will till the GOPe is no longer in a position to protect the Democrats.
“The GOPe wants it to stay…”
Exactly. Anyone that thinks we fell one vote short with McCain doesn’t understand. Had McCain voted yes, other R’s would have stepped up to defeat the bill. They are a “show pony” party, nothing more, and no different than the D party.
Never gonna happen, this Republican Cabal is ready to go down fighting but not fighting for the citizens of this country, fighting to maintain thier power and control of the money!
Bring it on FOOLS!
And just for the record that 20% premium increase is a very low estitmate. It assumes that everyone will accept the increase and stay on their insurance, but what if 20%, 30% or more choose to leave becuase it’s to expensive, or they can get on a spouses plan for cheaper. They will see a 70% increase!!
It’s time Grubernment Employees pay their FARE SHARE(I’ll exclude the military)!
I bet a lot of us never realized how outnumbered we were in the halls of government and big business. They worked us, but now we know. What is so scary is if Trump fails, look at what we are left with – a bunch of phonies who lust for centralized power, but who are completely incompetent otherwise and incapable of using the power acquired for the continuation of a successful United States. They have divided us for their own purposes, and have delivered us into a dystopia of incomprehensible debt and a hobbled economy. Our future is grim. Have a nice day – that’s about how much time we have left.
If Trump fails, it’s only because we failed him by not sticking with him 110%.
Don’t even go there.
I’m going to be all smug and pretend that my comment to the econ-exec-nitwit council story prompted this story.
They have divided us for their own purposes, and have delivered us into a dystopia of incomprehensible debt and a hobbled economy.
The repo man comes for Venezuela, eyeing Citgo
CARACAS, Aug 15 (Reuters) – Canadian miner Crystallex is seeking to seize shares in a subsidiary of Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA that owns U.S. refiner Citgo as part of a dispute over Venezuela’s 2008 takeover of the Las Cristinas gold mine, according to court filings.
Crystallex is seeking to collect on a $1.4 billion award it won via a World Bank arbitration panel in 2016.
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Mitch: “It’s time to move on”
Unbelievable. But it’s a good indicator of how ineffective the GOP base has been – the fact that Mitch floats an excuse this lame indicates how accustomed he’s gotten to Failure Theater.
Like the sloppiness of a man who’s gotten away with cheating on his wife for so long and so easily, he stopped putting any effort behind the lies he tells her.
As for remembering Repeal, I do recall Eric Cantor recently confessing that Republicans in congress knew Repeal would never happen, but they “rode the anger” and made a lot of promises they never intended to keep so they could get re-elected
I believe Cantor traded his resulting prominence into a cushy lobbyist job where he dines on a some exotic steak most Americans can’t pronounce, though these days they are working themselves to death to pay off health insurance bills that almost match their monthly mortgage or rent.
Does that seem right to you?
“You know, in certain older civilizations, when men failed as entirely as you have, they would throw themselves on their swords” – Alliance Operative, Serenity
With McConnell, we should do with him what the Eskimos did: put him on a piece of floating ice and send him into oblivion.
Tar and feather him, first.
If you have not figured out what is going on here by now then you have just not been paying attention. The GOPe has come out in support of Anitfa, they are a communist domestic terrorist group. The GOPe is NOT your friend.
Grandma continues to be held over the ledge, frisked for her savings, perhaps in a bid to normalize Pro-Choice/euthanasia. Millions of people are forced to pay a penalty in lieu of purchasing medical insurance. Millions more fall in the progressive gap between expanded Medicaid and affordable health care. Then the bubble pops; the ball of yarns unwinds with explosive force; decapitating the American economy, and perhaps forces catastrophic anthropogenic global climate change (a.k.a. world war), which will make the adventures in Libya, Syria, Ukraine, etc. to force redistributive change look like an unPlanned baby’s play.
Didn’t Rubio do some sort of filibustering a year or two ago and prevent insurance company subsidies from being paid out?
On a negative not, McCain and McConnell aren’t up for reelection in 2018. They’ll be standing there, in the way of progress for years to come.
“Tar and feather them
(slides fainting couch behind Rags)
-okay, all good here. Carry on.
Nothing is next for repealing healthcare. The RINOs who retain as much control as their supposed opposition on the left will eventually help morph the government usurpation of private medicine into a full blown socialist single payer system. Democrats knew in 2009 that if they got obamacare through in any form, their political power allies on the other left would help them meet their ultimate goal.