Republican Healthcare Bill Dead After Two More Senators Defect

Senator Schumer has helpfully chimed in on the "Second Failure of Trumpcare"

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer released the following statement regarding the second failure of Trumpcare:


"This second failure of Trumpcare is proof positive that the core of this bill is unworkable."


"Rather than repeating the same failed, partisan process yet again, Republicans should start from scratch and work with Democrats on a bill that lowers premiums, provides long term stability to the markets and improves our health care system."

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With two Republican senators - Susan Collins of Maine, a moderate, and Rand Paul of Kentucky, a conservative - having said previously they would not support the Senator version of the GOP healthcare bill and would not be swayed - even on a procedural motion to take up the bill for debate - it meant Republicans in the Senate could afford to lose just one more vote (assuming John McCain does return in the near future). Moments ago they lost two, when first Sen. Mike Lee (Utah) and then Sen. Jerry Moran (Kansas) announced on Monday night they will not support taking up the current bill repealing and replacing ObamaCare, thereby blocking the legislation.

"This closed-door process has yielded the [bill], which fails to repeal the Affordable Care Act or address healthcare’s rising costs. For the same reasons I could not support the previous version of this bill, I cannot support this one," Moran said.

Moments earlier, Mike Lee (R-UT) did the same...

... and issued the following statement Monday regarding the Better Care Reconciliation Act:

“After conferring with trusted experts regarding the latest version of the Consumer Freedom Amendment, I have decided I cannot support the current version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act,” Sen. Lee said. “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.”

On Twitter, both Moran and Less said that "my colleague @JerryMoran/@SenMike Lee and I will not support the MTP to this version of BCRA."

The two defections mean that Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell won't have enough support to bring the bill to the floor, and that Obamacare "repeal and replace" is now - if only for the time being - officially dead. The good news: John McCain can come back to work now. 


Looney Mon, 07/17/2017 - 20:53 Permalink

  THIS JUST IN!!! The Russians have just hacked John McCain’s medical records. 1. The “blood clot” is a codename for “brain”. It WAS successfully removed and replaced with a breast implant . 2. McCain’s pre-op X-Rays show that he is full of shit. 3. His jaw is swollen, because of the condition called “ascending testicle”. Looney   ;-)

Restorative_Ally rado_watching (not verified) Tue, 07/18/2017 - 03:19 Permalink

We were never going to get a "repeal and replace" of Obammycare.  Option 1 was: TPTB don't want it to happen. Option 2: It would make Republicans unelectable. Option 3: It lets Republicans blame the collapse on democrats if it stays in place. Option 4: Not repealing provides somthing for Trumpo to run on next time. Option 5: OC staying in force provides cover for why the next recession started. Option 6: Some combo of the above. Either way, we are not going to be rid of it any time soon.

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Mikeyyy FrozenGoodz (not verified) Mon, 07/17/2017 - 21:48 Permalink

You're wasting your time.  Any criticism of Trump, no matter how mild is immediately met by ignorance and closed-mindedness.  These guys talk about liberals being crazy (see story above about Brett Easton Ellis) and then act just like them when Trump is criticized. Their hypocrisy is stunning... but not surprising.

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null Mikeyyy Mon, 07/17/2017 - 22:31 Permalink

FrozenG is not wasting time. Very convenient backboard.

You are definitely wasting yours.
The left has collective-insanity, literally, delusionally, this is not the same as emotionally pissed off people expressing themselves. Being inappropriate and wrong is not same as refusing to accept basic reality.

Hypocrisy cannot be stunning, by definition. If it is mild, it is not hypocrisy, duh. Who walks around with a logic-tree of everything they have ever said?

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Bes phatfawzi Mon, 07/17/2017 - 21:06 Permalink

costs will never fucking go down as long as they can charge whatever the fuck want for as much fucking profit as the want.we are all a captive market in an oligopolyand trump and his gop have not made any fucking indications of changing that fundamental structureover the cliff bitchez#maga 

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nmewn Bes Mon, 07/17/2017 - 21:18 Permalink

"we are all a captive market in an oligopoly"And yet, not one dim will cross the aisle to help repeal it preferring oligopoly.While I've got you here, I assume you think health care is "a right" so if you would be so kind as to point me to what OTHER right one is subjected to a fine for not exercising it.I can wait ;-) 

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nmewn Bes Mon, 07/17/2017 - 21:45 Permalink

Its not "a dumbass question" if you can't answer it, cuz you're fucking smart, correct? It actually makes you a dumbass for not being ABLE to answer it.Because you can't or you don't WANT to answer it.I'll broaden it then, tell me what other society or culture which has EVER EXISTED ON THIS PLANET who was penalized for NOT exercising their rights?

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nmewn Bes Tue, 07/18/2017 - 06:14 Permalink

"i gave you 22 examples" you did not, you are confusing laws with rights.You gave me 22 examples of governments that have >>>LAWS<<< that force people to vote, rights are not laws and laws are not rights.Rights are not conferred and/or given out like candy by governments only to be taken away by those governments on a whim, you are born with them.Rights are either RECOGNIZED by governments as already being an inherent in the individual...or...the right is RESTRICTED in the exercise thereof by governments.The RIGHT is pre-existing. It is alive and well and an absolute certitude before any government system or one of its edicts ever came into being...and...Period. Full stop.Now, as an aside, I don't fault you leftwingers for not knowing these simple things of human nature, you were not properly educated in the publik skool systim on these matters. You were taught that a human has no RIGHT to rebel against tyranny and/or a dictatorship because that is against the government, which just so happened to "give unto itself...a right" (lol) to punish you for it with a death sentence, a LAW (or a right?) called treason. You were taught all of this, in this way, for one...simple...reason. Control and for you to be a useful idiot.

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DeathMerchant Bes Mon, 07/17/2017 - 22:18 Permalink

The problem with the "fellow American" is that a lot of them are recent arrivals from take your pick. Hard to watch out for my "fellow American" if he doesn't speak my language, wants to cut my head off , sell me drugs or rape the female members of my family because that's what they do in the home country. So yeah, fuck these "fellow Americans", in fact double super fuck them and the assholes that allowed them to come here.

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null Bes Mon, 07/17/2017 - 22:15 Permalink

Trump made plenty of indications and everything you see is basically a step to where he said he was going.

Trump has no intention of Driving the debate on socialized medicine. He would have signed "it" and called it a temporary fix. His plan will be simple and separate while the socialized plan will remain until there is legislative will to remove an entitlement, so forever.

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doctor10 Clever Name Mon, 07/17/2017 - 20:59 Permalink

Tip O'Neill-the Democrat Speaker of the House during Reagan's tenure in the White House once observed he would never bring health care to a vote because it would destroy the successful American legislative process.

Congress historically legislates to a very small minority population-wise. There is always a K St firm acting as a lobbying "buffer" between the issue and those being regulated that serves to further expands the representation of those Americans subject to the specific regulation/legislation. They have a firm on K St. in DC they can call on to help with their representation before Congress if things are going south.

Healthcare affects the entire population. There is NO specific K St.lobbying firm for patients to assist in their representation before Congress. Only the income tax is as broadly applied-and that was incrementally implemented -with the assistant of many corporate lobbying firms-over a 100 yr time span. The problem with the income tax even today is the lack of individual citizen representation. Imagine the trauma to the country if it was first enacted in its entirety in 2015.

ObamaCare has screwed the's carefully crafted DC legislative process, assembled over several generations. It is Ir-reparable. It cannot be tinkered with. It cannot be "mended"-there is no sufficient lobby vehicle or mechanism capable of ensuring appropriate mending for the people's benefit. The only lobby's involved in the legislation are corporate-and these only represent pharma, big hospital systems and insurance companies. All of whose interests will prevail over those needs of the people/patients. It must be ended.

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dark pools of soros incharge1976 Mon, 07/17/2017 - 22:23 Permalink

each fucking state gets millions of free puffs of sweet gov sticky choom dollars that flows through their poor EBT shitards that won't ever pay any deductables since they have nothing to lose but their sweaty stink ass scurvies while avg joe bendover pays all his labor to try to raise a family that he has no way to keep happy and feed well so they get sick and need to use that shitcare which puts him in even more hock as he tries to pay the fucking deductables & co-pay and ramrod pharma ransom so he don't lose his crap house to bankruptcy jew squids  

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Duc888 Mon, 07/17/2017 - 20:56 Permalink

  The USELESS ASSHOLES had 8 years to fix this shit.  EIGHT fucking years.  All they have to do is enroll all of the US shitizens in the same medical plan that THEY have.

doctor10 Duc888 Mon, 07/17/2017 - 21:03 Permalink

Its simple. Just repeal it, then let any licensed insurance company, Geico, Farmers, all of them, also sell health insurance. Require them to have 10% of their customers be those with pre existing conditions, and you will have solved that problem as well. The percentage can be adjusted if needed. The market will function and save the industry.

The lobbyist and special interests wont like it...f'em...

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