The ones who flip at the last minute get the attention. The ones there all along often don’t.
There is a lot at stake — for Alaska and for Trump.
John McCain provided a crucial vote to kill “skinny” repeal of Obamacare Thursday night, and he deserves credit for doing the right thing. But we need to talk about how much credit he’s getting—and who’s being overlooked. Because this:
Senate Republicans originally put together an all-male panel to kill Obamacare, shutting the six Republican women in the Senate out of the process. Then that group fell apart and the repeal bills, such as they were, were crafted in secret—still without input from the very women who were making clear that their votes would be hard to get.
Collins and Murkowski voted against Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s series of poorly thought through, cruel bills from the beginning. Donald Trump’s interior secretary
The act of creating legislation is often ugly, but it rarely presents the drama that was on display late Thursday night and into the early hours of Friday as Republicans attempted to follow through on their threat to repeal the Affordable Care Act. It provided more tension, pathos, and reversals than any film playing this summer.
Early in the evening, Republicans introduced multiple variants and amendments. Some of these, like a cynically-offered version of a single-payer “Medicare for all” plan, were presented purely for the purpose of embarrassing Democrats. Others, like an amendment permanently doing in the tax on the kind of “Cadillac” insurance plans often provided to executives, sailed through on party line votes in an apparent preview of the main event to come.
As the evening stretched on, Democrats were increasingly frustrated that the bill that was to be voted on still had not been made available.
House Speaker Paul Ryan said his party has already taken a lesson from the healthcare fight and applied it to another top goal: Tax reform.
Despite campaigning for more than seven years on a promise to repeal and replace Obamacare, Republicans have struggled within their own caucus to find consensus on how exactly their own healthcare proposal should take shape. Early Friday morning, a so-called “skinny repeal” bill was narrowly voted down in the Senate, a setback that leaves the GOP with no obvious path forward that does not include negotiations with Democrats.
Ryan, in an interview with Fox Business network that was taped before the dramatic Friday vote in the Senate, said the infighting on healthcare has prompted Republicans to hold copious meetings on planned tax reform proposals so that the entire party is on the same page.
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The outcome threw into doubt the GOP’s ability to overturn the 2010 law.
Health care’s failure could be a tax rewrite’s gain