‘Skinny’ ObamaCare Repeal Dies on Senate Floor, 49-51
Just past 1:30 Friday morning, literally in the dead of night, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s scheme to repeal ObamaCare died. Once again. It is a devastating blow to the 75-year old senior Senator from Kentucky, two-and-a-half years in to his tenure as the leader of the Senate Republicans.Â
Senator John McCain (R-AZ) traveled to D.C. after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer. Earlier in the week he cast the decisive vote to allow the Senate to begin the process of repealing ObamaCare. Early Friday, he joined 46 Democrats, two independents, and fellow Republican Senators Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska in voting “nay” on the “skinny repeal” bill, officially known as the “Health Care Freedom Act.”
Can’t make it up. It’s called “health care freedom act.” It frees people to be sick without insurance pic.twitter.com/EpDP27dvFn
â€” Senator Bob Casey (@SenBobCasey) July 28, 2017
It died, 49-51.
49-51: Senate rejects “skinny repeal”
â€” Craig Caplan (@CraigCaplan) July 28, 2017
Skinny repeal fell short because it fell short of our promise to repeal & replace Obamacare w/ meaningful reform https://t.co/tZISIvccOO
â€” John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) July 28, 2017
President Donald Trump was furious, lashing out on Twitter by telegraphing his anger and issuing a threat at 2:25 in the morning:
3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down. As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode, then deal. Watch!
â€” Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 28, 2017
Here’s the moment the bill, which would have defunded Planned parenthood and forced an additional 16 million off their health care, died:
Here’s the moment the Skinny Repeal failed. pic.twitter.com/y6kiT2HzC5
â€” Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 28, 2017
But unlike the “skinny repeal,” Republican attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act will not die.Â
Since Donald Trump became president, McConnell has been working his plan to repeal ObamaCare. This latest ploy involved a week-long series of votes on various bills, some to fully repeal former President Barack Obama’s signature legislation, others to “repeal and replace.”Â
What is likely to happen next is President Trump will continue to attack ObamaCare, and may choose to test the powers of his office by refusing to fund ObamaCare subsidies, threatening the viability of the exchanges. Time will tell.
But supporters of ObamaCare, now fully at least half the country, should know that the intense actions they took, by calling their Senators, worked. For seven years Republicans have promised to repeal ObamaCare. Now, with total control of Congress and the White House, they couldn’t even pass the smallest attempt to do so.
Republicans will again try to repeal ObamaCare, and they will succeed only if Americans don’t take the threat of tens of millions losing coverage just as seriously as they did this time.
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, when the bill died, announced,Â “We are not celebrating. We are relieved.”
Some responses via Twitter:
â€” Jon Lovett (@jonlovett) July 28, 2017
For years, Dems have run against Rs on the mere threat of Medicaid/Medicare cuts. And now they have a vote to hang around their necks.
â€” Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) July 28, 2017
Â·Â Survived by one vote in the Senate in 2010
Â·Â Survived by one vote in SCOTUS in 2012
Â· Survived by one vote in the Senate in 2017
â€” Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) July 28, 2017
In the end, the president’s closing message â€“ that his attorney general is terrible â€“ couldn’t put the bill over the top
â€” Alex Burns (@alexburnsNYT) July 28, 2017
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‘I Will Not Stand by Silently’: Sotomayor Blasts SCOTUS Conservatives Over Their Latest Attack on Abortion Rights
“The Court may look the other way, but I cannot.”
Justice Sonia Sotomayor expressed outrage at her conservative Supreme Court colleagues Thursday afternoon, after the six right wing jurists went one step further in attacking the constitutional guarantee of abortion.
Voting 6-3 against a women’s health care provider the Court denied a request by Texas Women’s Health, which provides abortion services, to change jurisdictions, which according to Justice Sotomayor the Court should have done.
“The lawsuit is now stalled with the Texas Supreme Court,” Rewire News reports.
Slate’s Mark Joseph Stern, a Supreme Court expert calls Sotomayor’s dissent “stunning.”
“This case is a disaster for the rule of law and a grave disservice to women in Texas, who have a right to control their own bodies,” Sotomayor writes. “I will not stand by silently as a State continues to nullify this constitutional guarantee. I dissent.”
She begins her dissent by explaining the case:
“It has been over four months since Texas Senate Bill 8 (S. B. 8) took effect. The law immediately devastated access to abortion care in Texas through a complicated private-bounty-hunter scheme that violates nearly 50 years of this Court’s precedents.”
“Today, for the fourth time, this Court declines to protect pregnant Texans from egregious violations of their constitutional rights. One month after directing that the petitioners’ suit could proceed in part, the Court countenances yet another violation of its own commands. Instead of stopping a Fifth Circuit panel from indulging Texas’ newest delay tactics, the Court allows the State yet again to extend the deprivation of the federal constitutional rights of its citizens through procedural manipulation. The Court may look the other way, but I cannot.”
In response the Guttmacher Institute, an organization focused on sexual and reproductive health and rights, accused the Supreme Court of “once again putting ideology over the rule of law.”
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Ivanka Trump Responds to Committee’s Invite by Saying She Called for End to Violence – Leaves Out ‘Patriots’ Part
Ivanka Trump is responding to her invitation from the January 6 Committee by issuing a statement that is being seen suggesting she has no intention of accepting. Earlier Thursday the Committee sent the former First Daughter and White House senior advisor a lengthy 11-page letter asking for her voluntary cooperation.
A statement from her spokesperson given to CNN White House Correspondent Kate Bennett references a tweet posted by Ivanka Trump the day of the attack on the Capitol – a tweet she was forced to delete after massive outrage.
“As the Committee already knows, Ivanka did not speak at the January 6 rally,” the statement reads. “As she publicly stated at 3:15pm, ‘any security breach or disrespect to our law enforcement is unacceptable. The violence must stop immediately.”
NEW: @IvankaTrump's spokesperson tells me Ivanka "just learned" of the 1/6 Committee's invitation to appear before them, but from the response below, it sounds as though she isn't planning to do so: pic.twitter.com/VXpUXDnEuP
— Kate Bennett (@KateBennett_DC) January 20, 2022
But in the actual Ivanka Trump called the insurrectionists “American Patriots,” as CNN reported that day:
— CNN (@CNN) January 6, 2021
Georgia Prosecutor Asks to Convene Special Grand Jury to Investigate Donald Trump’s Alleged Election Interference
A Georgia county district attorney has requested to convene a special grand jury to assist in her investigation of Donald Trump‘s alleged election interference.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis in a letter to the county’s Superior Court chief judge writes that her office “has received information indicating a reasonable probability that the State of Georgia’s administration of elections in 2020, including the State’s election of the President of the United States, was subject to possible criminal disruptions,” according to the Associated Press.
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (photo) was forced to release audio of then-President Trump appearing to intimidate him into fixing the election in his favor.
Trump, in the audio, can be heard berating and threatening the Republican Secretary of State, demanding he “recalculate” the losing election results and “find 11,780 votes” for him, which would have enabled Trump to falsely be declared the winner. Raffensberger refused.
“So look. All I want to do is this,” Trump told Raffensberger. “I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have. Because we won the state.”
“There’s no way I lost Georgia,” he added, falsely. “There’s no way. We won by hundreds of thousands of votes.”
Willis told the AP the scope of her investigation “includes — but is not limited to — a Jan. 2, 2021, phone call between Trump and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a November 2020 phone call between U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and Raffensperger, the abrupt resignation of the U.S. attorney in Atlanta on Jan. 4, 2021, and comments made during December 2020 Georgia legislative committee hearings on the election.”
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