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Good Thursday afternoon. SENATE HEALTH CARE BILL DEAD, FOR NOW — 4 GOP SENATORS OPPOSE — Sens. Rand Paul (Ky.), Ron Johnson (Wis.), Mike Lee (Utah) and Ted Cruz (Texas) issued a joint statement announcing their opposition: “Currently, for a variety of reasons, we are not ready to vote for this bill, but we are open to negotiation and obtaining more information before it is brought to the floor. There are provisions in this draft that represent an improvement to our current healthcare system but it does not appear this draft as written will accomplish the most important promise that we made to Americans: to repeal Obamacare and lower their healthcare costs.”
It shouldn’t surprise us. What they are really saying is that this bill is not mean enough.
Other thing/too/also: so these four guys blocked doesn’t mean that everyone else was OK with the bill. It lets them be the targets and the rest of the fascists do not have to take a public stand.
But notice who didn’t take a stand: the moderates who have been wringing their hands and rending their clothing: Collins, Murkowski, Grandpa Walnuts, and Senatorette Lindsey Graham. They get to continue their Kabuki performance until a later date when they get in line.
UPDATE 1: Not that amply be-chinned Mitch cares, but dragging people in wheelchairs away from your office is NOT a good look.
Police drag away protesters, some in wheelchairs, outside of Sen. McConnell's office after draft of Senate health care bill is revealed pic.twitter.com/uWRR0uJniY
— NBC News (@NBCNews) June 22, 2017