Healthcare

Senate Republicans Will Vote on… Something… Tomorrow

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

We don't know what they're going to vote on.

And neither do they.

Among the options being considered by Senate Republicans are "repeal and replace," "repeal and delay," and "repeal and go fuck yourself" but we may not know until the last minute which option will actually make it to the floor of the Senate.

Senate Republicans will hold a meeting tonight where they will ostensibly decide what they're going to do.

That is where we will get the first indication of whether any plans have shifted or changed. We'll also get the first reaction to the Byrd Rule guidance the Senate Parliamentarian dropped like a grenade into the debate on Friday night. [...]

"It's time to put everyone on record," one senior GOP aide told CNN on Sunday. "At this point, nothing's going to change until we do."

The Senate parliamentarian announced late on Friday night that Republicans cannot use the reconciliation process to pass over half a dozen provisions included in every version of Trumpcare they're considering including a provision that bans plans that cover abortion.

That may complicate matters because some Republicans may not support a bill that doesn't include those provisions, while some may support it now that they've been stripped from it. We also don't have a CBO score on a theoretical bill that doesn't include the provisions that will have to be pulled from it.

Whatever Republicans decide to vote on tomorrow, the outcome will depend on a small handful of Republican senators who I don't necessarily trust even if they've publicly said they will vote 'No.'

  • Badgerite

    It looks as if they will get a chance to vote on “everything”. They are saying that the GOP is literally going to put all the bills proposed so far on the floor and see if they can’t get one of them passed. Apparently it doesn’t matter which one.
    And I would agree with that since they are all awful and will rip access to healthcare away from tens of millions of people and probably cripple Medicaid as a viable source of access to healthcare for the poor.
    Rat fffers.

  • Badgerite

    God. They really want to have another “kegger” bad. People who have illnesses but can be saved will die because of what they are planning to do. Only a ghoul has a kegger party because of that. Illnesses that can be treated early will be put on hold for treatment until the treatment is life or death and bankruptcies. Sounds like a plan.

  • Aynwrong

    They’re not going to stop until they have a “win” they can brag about. Otherwise, I assume they would have given up by now.

  • muselet

    Mitch McConnell is slipping: he hasn’t yet, as of this moment, fired the Senate parliamentarian in favor of someone with a more, let us say, flexible view of the rules.

    Predictably, Shelley Moore Capito is making the sort of noises one would make while under not-inconsiderable pressure to vote for whatever bill leadership coughs up:

    “I want to be clear that I am committed to repealing Obamacare and replacing it with a health care system that provides access to affordable care to West Virginians,” Capito said. “That has always been my goal, and I am not giving up on it.”

    Again, Josh Marshall’s Iron Law of GOP Politics holds: The Moderates Always Cave.

    Expect all the R moderates to fall in line and vote for whatever abomination reaches the Senate floor.

    –alopecia

    • “Again, Josh Marshall’s Iron Law of GOP Politics holds: The Moderates Always Cave.

      That’s because they all have a price and the GOP leaders have plenty of money set aside for just this type of occasion. 😒

      • muselet

        Well, it’s the carrot (“We’ll add some funding for your state!”) and the stick (“We’ll primary your RINO behind!”) that convinces the moderates to fall in line.

        –alopecia

        • You’re completely correct. I just distilled their various forms of manipulation and coercion down to their essence, greed. They want to keep their job because it’s cushy af and they make a boatload of cash and perks.

  • ninjaf

    And the Senate is supposed to be the more serious, deliberative body of Congress.

    • Scopedog

      Until McConnell became majority leader.

      Just like that fuckhead Ryan in the House, McConnell just wants to screw everything up to give the GOP what they really want.

      Both of them can burn in hell.

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