Remember when congressional Republicans promised us that they’d have an Obamacare repeal bill on President Trump’s desk his first day in office? That claim was a tad ambitious in hindsight.
There have technically been two Obamacare repeal attempts so far during the Trump presidency. There was the first attempt in late June, which concluded with Congress delaying the vote. The delay occurred because the same Republicans who had no problem voting to repeal Obamacare when Obama was in office all of a sudden had second thoughts now that they actually had the power to repeal the law without the threat of an inevitable veto.
Then there was the actual vote held in July for a “skinny repeal,” and even that couldn’t pass, thanks in part to quintessential RINO John McCain. He lost to Obama in 2008, and then lost us the repeal of Obama’s signature piece of legislation. What a combo.
But it turns out that not all hope is lost. Republicans are still pushing forward with a new Obamacare repeal bill, which was drafted by senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA).
According to the Washington Times, “Senate Republicans pushing to replace Obamacare with state block grants are making real noise before their window to act closes, insisting they are just one or two votes shy and that President Trump can nudge their last-gasp bill to victory.”
Sen. Cassidy says that Senate Republicans believe “that we can get this done by Sept. 30.” The senator also says the informal whip count stands at “48 or 49” Republican votes. They only need a couple more Republicans to seal the deal.
One of the reasons the Graham-Cassidy bill needs to pass by Sept. 30 is that the reconciliation process that allows the bill to pass by a bare majority expires at the end of the month.
Time is ticking, and Republicans still want to make good on their promise to repeal Obamacare.
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Even so, it’s hard to be optimistic in light of recent failures, but Senate Democrats appear panicked.
We need all hands on deck over the next few days & weeks. Call your reps & tell them to vote NO on the Graham-Cassidy bill: (202) 224–3121.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) September 18, 2017
🚨Red Alert🚨#Trumpcare is back & Senate GOP has until Sept 30 to pass their bill. We need your voices more than ever!
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) September 15, 2017
Perhaps that’s because John McCain may actually vote for the bill this time around:
This is significant: Arizona governor — who McCain seeks counsel from on health care — supports Graham-Cassidy.https://t.co/f9vdxDfAMT
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) September 18, 2017
Rep. Mark Meadows of the ultra conservative Freedom Caucus guarantees that the House of Representatives will pass Graham-Cassidy once it gets through the Senate.
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