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July 20: Senate Health(care) Crises

by Countable | 7.20.17

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THURSDAY, JULY 20, 2017

Good morning, CountaCompatriots!

We hope this finds you well wherever you may be. In D.C. today it’s all about health— the Senate healthcare bill, and health of a Senator.

Senator John McCain (R-AZ) has been diagnosed with a brain cancer. Presidents from across the political spectrum – Trump to Obama to Bill Clinton – have tweeted their well-wishes.

McCain’s office describes him as being "in good spirits" and notes that his underlying health is excellent. However, there’s no indication of when he’ll return to the Senate…

…which is dealing with its own health crisis. Initially, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) had decided to push the health care vote until McCain returned to work. Alas, the vote, already on life support, had the plug pulled on Monday. McCain’s absence, which now could be protracted, leaves the GOP with 51 votes, a super-slim margin at a time when Republicans are divided on taxes, defense spending, and, yes, health care.

Meanwhile, President Trump has threatened electoral consequences for senators who oppose the health care bill. "Any senator who votes against starting debate is really telling America that you’re fine with Obamacare," the President said during a lunch yesterday with 49 Republican senators.

Following the meal, McConnell said, "I think we all agree it’s better to both repeal and replace. But we could have a vote on either."

Don’t worry--the dizziness you’re experiencing is completely normal under these circumstances.

The President: IN WASHINGTON

  • The President begins his day with a jaunt to the Pentagon for a meeting at the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, known colloquially as Pol-Mil.

  • In the afternoon, as part of the White House’s Made In America week, the president will make an announcement regarding a pharmaceutical glass packaging initiative. And ideally explain what that phrase means.

  • Also as part of the Made In America week, the president is expected to issue a proclamation on the importance of making goods in America.

The House of Representatives: IN SESSION

  • Voting on a bill to exchange land Dept. of the Interior land with Alaska so the state can build an emergency access road through a wildlife refuge to an isolated town.

  • Voting on a bill to reauthorize and reform the Dept. of Homeland Security.

The Senate: IN SESSION

What to Watch

  • Potential fallout from Trump’s interview with the New York Times, where the President: denounced Jeff Sessions for recusing himself on all matters related to Russia ("very unfair to the president"); accused Robert Mueller of having a conflict of interest in the Russia probe because Trump interviewed him as a potential replacement FBI director; castigated former FBI Director James Comey for briefing him on the dossier of unverified, incriminating, info in an effort to gain leverage over the soon-to-be president

  • Without clean water there is no health, for anybody. At 10 AM EDT watch state officials testify at a Senate Environment and Public Works subcommittee hearing on funding for the rural and urban water infrastructure systems.

Stay healthy, CountaBeaus.

"Senator John McCain is a fighter and true, bonafide American hero. We're behind him every step of the way. Cancer picked on the wrong guy." --Senator Patty Murray (D-WA)

— Asha Sanaker & Josh Herman

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  • Azrael
    07/20/2017
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    This isn't film noir or a gangster movie The president had no right to embarrass and threaten senators or anyone else Why are we allowing this public abuse to continue?? Do something now This is sick People go to jail for threatening others It's not a joke it's not funny it's just plain sick End it now Grow spines

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  • Mary
    07/20/2017
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    I just retired and signed up for Medicare. Really... We could simplify all this health care gnashing of our teeth with a one payer universal health care system. Wake up and do what is right for the ordinary people not what is in the best interest of insurance companies and investors.

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  • Remy
    07/20/2017
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    32 million Americans without insurance. You all simply cannot repeal without a new plan in place. The fallout from this proposed would cause mayhem in financial markets, put millions at risk even if they have healthcare and be absolute proof that we have no moral compass at all. Insane. Your job is to serve and protect the citizens of the USA and to be rational. Not to hurt us. A plan that you are happy to have your family covered by is the test of your worthiness of our support. Develop that plan and then repeal away. We are the poorest state in this nation, and your own constituents will suffer if you do this. Horrifying.

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  • Tom
    07/20/2017
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    Threatening senators over the healthcare bill? And you are ok with this?! WTF!! Enough of this horseshit! Grow a pair and start doing what's right. This bad joke of a president needs to be held accountable for his actions and needs to go. Enough is enough with this asshole.

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  • Ken
    07/20/2017
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    The president says he has done nothing wrong. His proof is that everyone questioning him are liars. He is a pathetic example of what is right and good and honorable. Either congress is just plain bought and paid for or ignorant of blatant facts.

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  • Keith
    07/20/2017
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    Vote NO to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The issue is not the ACA, but rather insurers playing a game of chicken over providing coverage. Essentially, doing the very thing that the ACA was supposed to prevent. And instead of keeping these insurers in check, certain leaders like Mr. Trump, Mr. Pence, Mr. Ryan, and Mr. McConnell are attacking the very thing that is helping insure 23 million people who would not otherwise be. Basically, by attacking the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, these folks have allowed insurers to play right along. So of course they can state that they will be pulling coverage, when the debate on the floor is to repeal the law that is meant to keep them from doing such. It's a self fulfilling prophecy. And to repeal would let those insurers get away it. Another point of concern is the President's latest interview where he, once again, attacked his opponents, but also criticized the DOJ for not honoring the president. It's clear that this guy thinks the rules do not apply to him. That, like Nixon, he thinks that being president means he can say or do whatever he wants, and it's not illegal, even if it is. That he won't be held accountable. That he is instilling a combative paranoia in his base. And it is clear we have a VP, a House Speaker, a Senate Majority Leader, and a Chief Deputy Whip who have no intention of trying to hold this man or their party accountable. If they won't, someone needs to. If we can't even keep in check the guys who are supposed to be keeping the president in check, accountability is lost. This is not a time for party loyalty. This is a time for transparent accountability. We cannot allow the president to throw twitter tantrums, to falsely accuse opponents (if the president said it, it's an official statement. And if that official statement is an outright lie, then the president is officially outrightly lying), to attack the press, and bully members of congress. That is not something to blow off, or verbally denounce, that is something to keep in check. If the president, of all people, cannot be trusted to keep his temper in check, or tell the truth, it is no longer a political issue. This is beyond statements of plausible deniability. These are official lies of the president. Keep him in check.

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  • Eric
    07/20/2017
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    The only healthcare crisis that I am aware of is Obamacare. From the day of its passing it has been a constant burden on the American people and a crisis waiting to happen. God bless the good senators giving so much effort to get it out of here as quickly as possible and shame on the senators who are just standing by and watching Obamacare crush harm the American people!

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  • DrCindyBean
    07/20/2017
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    Keep ACA. Keep Medicaid. keep ACA. Dems have good options for improvement to ACA. Keep ACA.

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  • NoHedges
    07/20/2017
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    Bernhardt should NOT be approved. He has a long history of siding with big business energy Tycoons. This is just another corrupt influence in an already crumbling ecological infrastructure. A vote for Bernhardt is a vote for corruption and come mid terms will be seen as such.

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  • NoHedges
    07/20/2017
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    Electoral consequences will be much higher from the the American people than the executive branch. This veiled threat is one that can be stopped IF YOU CHOSE TO STOP THE HARD RIGHT's EPA AGENDA. They won't move ahead until they mine the hell out of all of the energy resources. So, if the Senate and GOP can work together to delay the process, then maybe we can save the American economy from collapse. Stop approving nominations which accelerate the EPA's destruction and the American people will stand by you. But, continuing to buy into the corruption will leave you, Mr.Senator, and the American people in a country of chaos. Trump doesn't even have loyalty to Jeff Sessions, what makes you believe he will come thru on his promises to you!

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  • NoHedges
    07/20/2017
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    Bush should not be approved he, like Bernhardt, are in big business energy Tycoons pockets and will overlook infractions by the wealthy elites and further destroy critical environmental protections. These are two nominees that we should watch closely which Senators approve the nomination and vote them out of office as soon as HUMANLY possible.

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  • Gail
    07/21/2017
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    I am offended that the President publicly berated and bullied the senator from my state Nevada, Dean Heller for his stance on healthcare. I'm relieved that the senator is reluctant to kill the people who voted for him.

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  • Frankie
    07/20/2017
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    Just heard Jeff Sessions live on air say 'healthcare takedown'. Universal healthcare now.

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  • Dara
    07/20/2017
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    We have a bully in the White House. He belittles and threatens anyone who will not do what he wants. This reminds me of a child who throws a tantrum when they don't get their way. The ACA like all laws needs improvement, fix it. The answer is not to throw millions offhealthcare. Next, he questions his own appointees over at the DOJ. Finally, he issues a veiled threat to Special Counsel Mueller. Perhaps we should be questioning the mental stability of the person issuing these attacks. The office of the Presidency is being eroded by the minute, this is dangerous. We need a leader, not a bully!

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  • Teresa
    07/20/2017
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    As we move into another round of attempts to destroy the ACA please remember that if you do repeal and replace, the plan should be something you would be happy with for your own children or grandchildren. Anything less and you are not fulfilling your obligation to provide "a better plan for everyone," a statement that gets repeated frequently. Senator McCain just demonstrated how quickly life can change when a catastrophic diagnosis occurs. We wish him well and also wish that this frightening event will not be lost on other representatives and senators. This is what we all face - an uncertain future - and it is unconscionable to think someone would hear such a devastating diagnosis and have no option for treatment. I really don't have the words to describe the cruelty of such an action. Please keep the ACA and make improvements. We all KNOW the ACA is working, is appreciated by most, and is stabilizing well. Any instability was experienced because certain states refused to expand Medicaid; thereby reducing the risk pool and driving costs up. Do what is right for the people who elected you.

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  • VSB
    07/20/2017
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    The bill is dead and rightfully so. The problem is that millions will lose health care coverage with this bill and it isn't justifiable. Unlike some who think like McConnell and Ryan, everyone deserves access to affordable healthcare coverage that covers essential benefits. That is what is wrong with this plan. The GOP or many of them do not believe the elderly, poor and disabled deserve access to affordable health care!

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  • Brenda
    07/20/2017
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    I continue to be appalled and shocked by the highly unpresidential behaviour by Donald Trump. He is an embarrassment to our nation and appears to be mentally impaired. The thinly veiled threats he made to senators yesterday if they didn't vote his way on the ACA, his statement about AG Sessions, his continued remarks about the press and his ridiculous tweets are only a few examples of his blatant incompetence. As our representatives you owe it to the state of South Carolina to stop this man. In addition, the constant revelations about the meetings with Russians by himself, his son , Jarod Kushner and other members of his operatives that have been "forgotten" are absurd and clearly collusion. This administration is a joke headed by a childish bully. It has made our great nation a laughing stock and given Putin everything he wants.

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  • Daniel
    07/20/2017
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    Donald Trump doesn't want to be President He wants to be a Dictator that's why he's always kissing Putin's ass.

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  • James
    07/20/2017
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    I just found out at least one of my representatives is in favor of Repeal and Delay. Might I say this astounds me. Repeal is not only the worst plan for American healthcare it's also not what your constituents want! While it was once all the rage to rage against Obama care it turns out that the rage was mostly driven by political opposition to the Obama administration and not about the actual program.. Now that he's gone and people see the benefits in the real world even most Republicans are at least wary of repeal and many are straight out against repealing it. Repeal would be disastrous for the nation and the GOP. Reform, not repeal. Just because the last plan didn't work doesn't mean kill it. It means keep the current plan and continue to work on a fix for the issues in an otherwise good program. It likely means a bipartisan bill which is exactly what voters really want to see. Voters voted for an outsider because the politicians can't/won't work together to get things done. If you repeal our healthcare don't be surprised if you open the door to your opponents victory in the next election. Please change your stance on repealing healthcare and help to work towards reforming the current program.

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  • KansasTamale
    07/20/2017
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    This healthcare death panel the republicans are trying to pass is catastrophic for this country . Hundreds of millions of people are going to be without insurance and THEY DO NOT CARE. Repealing without a replacement creates a black hole in healthcare that will never be repaired. NO REPEALING WITHOUT A DECENT REPAUR OR REPLACEMENT.

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