Obamacare remains in place as repeal and replace fails

Lester Mason
August 6, 2017

"Biden's discussion with McCain in particular was described as an emotional one as his son, Beau, passed away in 2015 due to the same aggressive brain cancer that McCain recently was diagnosed with".

The GOP lawmaker said he supports bipartisan efforts to reform immigration laws that help undocumented immigrants working to support their families.

Other senators appear to be either unaware of their voters' frustrations or in outright denial of their repeated setbacks on health care. "It just makes them feel better when they have nothing else to talk about", he told the crowd, part of his political base. "So this is a time frame that you can't really fairly measure against previous senators or governors who have been in the Oval Office". Roy Blunt of Missouri, another member of the GOP leadership.

Therefore it's not surprising Republicans plan to try a new way when moving to pass tax reform. This week, Dr. Fleitman puts the blame on the Democrats and claims that Senate rules were broken to pass it.

Republicans, who have held the House, Senate and White House for more than six months, left for an August vacation with no major legislation to show, just as President Donald Trump - at his New Jersey golf club for 17-days - is obsessed with the Russian Federation collusion probe that is functioning so efficiently in the swamp that a grand jury is issuing subpoenas. Nevertheless, given this media pummeling, Trump's approval ratings, especially among Republicans, have held up remarkably well.

"What it's going to amount to is for (Senate Minority Leader Chuck) Schumer not to tell his people like (Democratic leaders) did on health care, "Don't work with the Republicans" because that just poisons the well, '" Grassley said.

In Washington, Manchin dismissed the Democratic tax letter as a stunt. No Democrat has announced plans to run for the seat. One thing most people do seem to agree on is the idea that the past six months have probably been a bit of an eye-opener for Trump.

Distracted by a probe of possible ties between his campaign and Russian meddling in the election, among many other issues he tweets about, Trump has yet to propose any major legislation since his January 20 inauguration.

The United States Senate's last day of school before August recess started as many of them have for the past seven frustrating, unproductive months: with reporters badgering Republican senators about President Trump's latest tweeted insult. Democrats use class warfare and demagoguery as their reason for existence. They have until October 1, although they can add extra innings by passing a stop-gap spending extension called a "continuing resolution" - a regular feature of the spending process in recent years.

Republicans are hopeful that a tax bill will be an easier lift than health care, and lawmakers say the pressure to deliver tax legislation has intensified after failing on long-promised health care legislation. That's what government programs mostly do, you know: "stay and sit and take on poundage and flab, making you want to reread the Constitution for an older view of sensible balance between security and freedom". Yet this bill did not provide funding for Planned Parenthood or protect Medicaid, two provisions that a number of moderate Republicans like Susan Collins, Shelley Moore Capito, Rob Portman and Lisa Murkowski wanted to see included. That could lead to at least a temporary government shutdown. Too bad there are so few adherents to the founders' original wisdom.

The Senate wrapped up its pre-recess business Thursday. Stable rules and norms are good for political parties, and I suspect they'll eventually be able to work with nearly any new set of media norms, as long as the new way of doing things stays in place for a while. With the GOP's retaking control of Congress and the White House, I actually thought Obamacare could be repealed and maybe even replaced with free market health care reforms. "But some Republicans are not giving up on the years-long promise of repeal despite questions over whether the GOP conference can reach a consensus". Dean Heller of Nevada in 2018, is already running ads about Heller's vote for the Republican healthcare bills.

In the past, Alexander has voted repeatedly to repeal Obamacare.

What happens next is uncertain.

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