John McCain finished the bidness that he started when he returned to the Senate and voted to begin the debate: last night he killed the ACA repeal (for now). You probably can find a breath-by-breath account in whatever news source you trust.
All other stories are secondary.
So where do things stand now with the Republican effort to kill us all has been thwarted by Grandpa Walnuts? Mike ‘Payola’ Allen writing the Axios morning email thingie:
This is not the end of the battle over the Affordable Care Act. It’s just the end of seven years of Republican promises that they could wipe it away and start over.
This is not President Trump’s failure, or Mitch McConnell’s, or Paul Ryan’s. It’s a collective failure — because Republicans had seven years to decide what should come after repeal, and they couldn’t get on the same page.
The fate of the ACA is now in the hands of Trump and Health and Human Services secretary Tom Price, who are so vested in their attacks on the law that they have no interest in helping it succeed.
It’s now up to bipartisan teams like Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) — who have proven they can work together — to come up with smaller fixes to stabilize the markets. And they may have to force their leadership, and Trump, to swallow them.
Comrade Preznint Stupid, of course, has to add his own I’ll Be Back speech, like an ersatz Darth Vader as played by Adam Sandler:
3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down. As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode, then deal. Watch!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 28, 2017
What comes next: Wingnuts said they would keep up the pressure for some sort of action on repeal. It’s hard to see Zombie-eyed Granny-starver Paul Ryan and amply be-chinned Mitch McConnell back in the fight any time soon.
“It’s time to move on,”
–Mitch McConnell said as he closed out the Senate’s session, the vision of people dead in the streets evaporating before his very eyes. “Goodbye, my lovely dreams,” he didn’t sob. He turned off his phone as the first calls from the Koch Brothers started filling his inbox.