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0622, 28 Jul 17

Obamacare Here to Stay

Thanks for nothing, GOP.

Washington (CNN)The Senate has dealt a devastating setback to Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare, defeating a GOP “skinny repeal” bill early Friday morning.

Sens. John McCain, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins joined with Democrats to oppose the measure, a major blow to President Donald Trump and the Republican congressional agenda.
McCain, who had voted for a motion to proceed to the bill Tuesday after returning to Washington following surgery for a brain tumor, held out all day, including in a news conference where he criticized the partisan process that led to the after-midnight vote.

0622, 28 July 2017


  1. steveegg

    This has been inevitable since at least 2012.  When, in consecutive Presidential elections, the “conservative” party runs the architect of PlaceboCare 1.0 and an avowed admirer of government-run health care, could anybody have expected anything different?

    It simply moves up the question of whether doctors/hospitals/drug companies are to be contractors for or direct employees/subsidiaries of the federal government from 2024 to 2020.  I’ll leave it to others to guess where Trump comes down on that question.

  2. jonnyv

    Ok. If you truly think the ACA is here to stay, and you feel like it is flawed (not just in principle) maybe be vocal about helping it out. Lets work on things to reduce the overall cost of healthcare.

    Open up nationwide insurance companies.
    Limit malpractice awards
    Force costs to be known upfront so the consumer can comparison shop.

    Other than pure principle, I don’t know why these things haven’t been done already to help lower the costs. Instead it was always a drumbeat of “KILL IT!”

  3. Jason

    If anyone thinks that Obama care is working, here’s some ancidoctal evidence to the contrary. My son went in for his physical prior to this coming school year. The Drs office billed my employee insurance company nearly $1,300 for the visit and two immunization shots. What the fuck?

  4. Pat

    Evidently after seven years Republican’s couldn’t come up with anything better. That’s disappointing on so many levels.

  5. Kevin Scheunemann

    On the upside, non-profits, get to keep their 35% tax credit for health insurance.

  6. dad29

    I don’t know why these things haven’t been done already to help lower the costs.

    Maybe you’re the only one that hasn’t heard?

    The objective is single-payer.  The method of arriving there is chaos and bankruptcy.  Doesn’t really matter who is BK, nor whether the chaos is fatal to some.

    That makes the “single payer” cries even louder.

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