This is wonderful news. But the fight isn’t over yet. Never underestimate the GOP in its quest to fuck over the sick to give more money to those who already have plenty:
Republican Sens. Mike Lee and Jerry Moran said Monday night they will join two other senators to oppose the Obamacare repeal bill, dooming the GOP initiative in the Senate.
Republican leaders could only afford to lose two senators on the procedural motion to start debate on the bill. Lee and Moran would join Sens. Susan Collins and Rand Paul in opposition to the version of the bill currently before the Senate.
But with four senators declared “no” votes – and several more undecided – Senate Republicans wouldn’t have enough votes to even start debate on repealing Obamacare, the campaign promise they have made to voters for seven years.
“In addition to not repealing all of the Obamacare taxes, it doesn’t go far enough in lowering premiums for middle class families; nor does it create enough free space from the most costly Obamacare regulations,” Lee said of the Senate legislation.
Moran criticized the closed-door process for developing the bill and criticized the legislation for not repealing the entire 2010 health law.
“We should not put our stamp of approval on bad policy,” he said in a statement. “We must now start fresh with an open legislative process to develop innovative solutions that provide greater personal choice, protections for pre-existing conditions, increased access and lower overall costs for Kansans.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will now have to decide whether he can pull the Obamacare repeal bill back from the dead or give up on the effort.
It’s the latest in a long series of obstacles for the Obamacare repeal effort.
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), another Obamacare repeal skeptic, on Monday accused McConnell had committed a “breach of trust.”
On Thursday, President Trump will officially have been in office for six months, and his term so far has included a few victories (the nomination and confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court), plenty of frustrations (court battles over his travel ban, delays in efforts to overhaul health care) and lots of controversy (accusations that members of his campaign colluded with Russia to interfere with the 2016 election). Put all those wins and losses together, and it adds up to this: Barring a sudden turnaround this week, Trump will conclude his first six months in office as the most unpopular president, at that point in his first term, since modern polling began.
Trump’s approval rating as of last Thursday, 175 days into his presidency, was 39 percent, according to the FiveThirtyEight Trump approval tracker. Combined with a disapproval rating of 55 percent, Trump’s net approval rating (approval minus disapproval) was -16 percentage points.
I ignore almost every story I see that has Coulter’s name associated with it. She’s a professional troll who feeds on other people’s anger. It’s best to just ignore her. I’ll make the exception in this case though because it’s just so stupid. Apparently, Delta changed Coulter’s seat and she decided to tweet-shame the passenger who ended up sitting there: