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July 18: GOP Healthcare is Dead...Or is it?

by Countable | 7.18.17

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TUESDAY, JULY 18, 2017

Who knew the beating of a dead horse could be so exciting, CountaFam.

In case you haven’t heard, the Senate healthcare bill is finally and completely dead. Or is it?

The current legislation is definitely and completely, drop-a-house-on-it dead. Which is deader than it was before the July 4th recess, when it was just sort of, mostly dead.

But the Senate may vote on repeal without replace, which is already dead because it needs 60 votes to pass. Man, that poor horse.

The President: IN WASHINGTON

  • This morning the president will speak with Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said of Oman by telephone.

  • President Trump will lunch with members of the Armed Forces.

  • This afternoon the president will host a Cabinet Meeting in the Oval Office.

The House of Representatives: IN SESSION

The Senate: IN SESSION

What to Watch

  • Next on the GOP agenda has got to be the budget, which sets the stage for tax reform. Watch House Budget Chair Diane Black (R-TN) hold a press conference at 10:30 AM EDT.

  • Senate Republican leaders will brief reporters at 2 PM EDT. Their Democratic counterparts will follow at 2:15 EDT.

"You’ve got to stop whipping a dead horse sometime." Jim Knight

Rest your arms, CountaBuddies. Politics never lacks in horses. It’s a veritable stampede.

— Asha Sanaker

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  • Ken
    07/18/2017
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    VOTE NO on repeal with no replacement! That is totally irresponsible. Either come up with a healthcare bill that does what's promised or let ACA stand. Get together with your Democratic colleagues and produce a bill that gives healthcare with more coverage at a lower cost.

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  • Sharon
    07/18/2017
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    If it's not dead, it ought to be as the Republican vision stands. Any legislation that throws a large swath of our population under the bus in favor of the wealthiest is abhorrent. It also represents a failure in office to represent all or even most of the population officeholders are sworn to serve, in my opinion. Do what you have you have to do to fix Obamacare or work to develop a single payer system as has most of the Western, developed world. Look at the Dutch system, which appears to be very successful.

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  • KYvoter
    07/18/2017
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    This bothers me in so many ways. Republicans fought this tooth and nail saying they had a better replacement and 6 months into a Republican controlled House and Senate there is still nothing. Why in the hell wont you work with the Democrats and fix it? If we were on our jobs acting the way you are, we would be fired on the spot. We all need to ask ourselves one question, if this government can't fix this, what else is going to the wayside and not being addressed because it takes too much work and people are too stubborn to lay their egos aside to accomplish what is needed. Enough is enough. Learn to work together or get out!! The American people are tired of it!

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  • Liz
    07/18/2017
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    Maybe as a next move, Congress can work cooperatively to refine the existing healthcare structure.

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  • Pete
    07/18/2017
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    Grateful that the Republican proposal for health care is dead. Health care is a hums right which should be arranged for all. Government has a proper role in this. Do not allow the ACA to be repealed. Work to improve it.

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  • Lawrence
    07/18/2017
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    Great, good news. Now let's fix Obamacare and move on. No repeal let us fix the health care act.

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  • Vicki
    07/18/2017
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    Keep the Affordable Care Act in place. Make single item addendum changes to improve it.

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  • Barbara bella
    07/18/2017
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    I am so happy that the repeal and replace Bill is dead. It was never a caring solution for America. I suspect you are relieved too. Looking ahead please do not go for a repeal with no replace option. As you can imagine Americans would rise up in wrath. You have seen the American response to repeal and replace that the Republicans have offered. Can you imagine the anger if there was a repeal only option. It really is time to work with the Democrats. This issue does have to be dealt with and I truly believe that sound minds can prevail. The time is now. I know you can together create a workable system. It will be wonderful and amazing.

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  • Ruth
    07/18/2017
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    I have lost track of the number of times the GOP has tried to kill Obamacare. All this wasted ,time, money and effort. Think of where we would be if there was real work being done to fix our healthcare system. As a nurse on the frontline for 40 years I have watched the decline. We do not provide the best healthcare.

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  • Melanie
    07/18/2017
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    God bless the three women of the Senate - Senators Caputo, Collins and Murkowski!

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  • Jarrod
    07/18/2017
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    Oppose repeal of Obamacare

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  • Ken
    07/18/2017
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    Tom Price said it all when he stated Sunday that he doesn't understand why the largest provider of health insurance in our country is against the republican health care plan. Can you believe it? Even Blue Cross has more compassion than the contolling congress. That gives me hope that affordable health care for all might not be so cruel as many in the republican party and some on the other side of the aisle try to convince us that it is. Sounds like it's time for a medicare for all plan wherein a very few would be unhappy and the vast majority of us would be better off. Think about it. NO BALL AND CHAIN. It might even help to reunite congress on other very important issues of the day.

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  • Jeevan
    07/18/2017
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    I understand that there is now movement to simply repeal Obamacare. As a physician and constituent, I urge you strongly to vote against any attempt to repeal the ACA. There is no doubt that it needs work to be improved. However, to completely dismantle it would be a gross indicator of complete disregard for human life and well being. It would be a violation of preserving the American population's rights to "life...and the pursuit of happiness." Vote against repeal of ACA. Rather make the legacy of this legislature the achievement of a workable healthcare system that benefits all of the American population.

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  • Peggy
    07/18/2017
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    Their idea of a healthcare bill was a disaster. But don't count them out quite yet! They may still have another trick up their sleeves. Wounded and dying, but not dead yet. Be vigilant!

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  • Sue
    07/19/2017
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    Get rid of this albatross totally. The government needs to get OUT of the health care business!!!

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  • Ronald
    07/25/2017
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    Vote against Trump care. Fix ACA

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  • Jan
    07/25/2017
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    Vote No on the current version of Trumpcare. Health care is too important to be a political football. The current bill will take away healthcare from too many Americans. Continue working on this issue. Include ideas from women, doctors, insurance companies,mand Democrats. No one is happy with the current bill.

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  • Carie
    07/18/2017
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    I am thankful that bill is dead and hopeful that my representatives understand what a disaster and mistake repealing the ACA without a working replacement would be for our country. It's time to put partisan animosity behind and work together to improve the ACA--fix the parts that aren't working, don't throw the baby out with the bath water.

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  • Zachary
    07/18/2017
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    Let it go, already. Mitch Mcconnell and company must be gluttons for punishment. Never in my life have U seen "public servants" work so hard to make sure that the public is not served. All for a grudge against Barack Obama. Just to be clear, Mcconnell's primary mission for a decade has been to get nothing done. And he's succeeded. Fortunately for the American people, he's continued this trend with health care.

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  • Chuck
    07/18/2017
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    The Republicans failed to realize that they did not win a mandate in the election. Trump won due to a few districts in key states that were probably due to Russian involvement and Comey reopening the email investigation which turned off swing independents. Additionally gerrymandering has distorted the electorate such that while the majority actually voted democratic, Republicans won more districts. Maybe now they realize that if they truly want to help the country they should choose to work with democrats. Rep Knight your constituents will remember how you voted for the AHCA and will vote accordingly come 2018. Suggest you and your staff stop putting out deceptive info about the ACA on your website that only a few now really believe

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