Snowflake of the Week 07.29.2017

Snowflake - McConnellShortly after 1:30AM on Friday 28 July the Republicans, led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, lost their attempt to repeal & replace the Affordable Care Act (aka “ObamaCare”) when John McCain joined Susan Collins & Lisa Murkowski in voting against the so-called “Skinny Repeal” bill. After the final vote tally was certified, McConnell took to the podium to croak out a speech delivered through what may may have been crocodile tears. A few chestnuts from his remarks (with my own commentary following them)…

“We worked hard – and everybody on this side can certainly attest to the fact that we worked really hard – to try to develop a consensus for a better way forward,” says the man who ignored input & feedback from such diverse sources as Republican governors, members of the GOP caucus, the CBO (led by a Trump-appointee), the health insurance industry, and by all accounts wrote the “Skinny Repeal” bill over lunch on Thursday 27 July

“Our friends on the other side decided early on that they did not want to engage with us in a serious way to help those suffering under Obamacare,” which is rich as McConnell shut out the announced ‘working group’ tasked with creating the Senate healthcare bill (which consisted of 12 white guys + Ted Cruz and not a single woman) let alone any independents or Democrats despite offers to work with the group on a bipartisan basis

“Now I think it’s appropriate to ask, what are their ideas? It’ll be interesting to see what they suggest as the way forward…we look forward to our colleagues on the other side suggesting what they have in mind.” They have been talking about exactly that over the last few months, unlike the Republicans who have spent the last 7+ years bitching about the ravages of the ACA & crying “repeal & replace,” yet were caught without an actual plan for doing so when they took power in January

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