Despite abysmal lack of support, the GOP’s Obamacare repeal keeps rising from the dead. Now, it seems Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va) has finally driven a stake into its heart and killed it for good.
She’s been on the fence, but this weekend she chose the country before greed and her party when she promised not to support the bill due to its harsh cuts to Medicaid.
Shelley Moore Capito explained her position to Politico:
“I only see it through the lens of a vulnerable population who needs help, who I care about very deeply. So that gives me strength. If I have to be that one person, I will be it.”
With all the non-stop turmoil and chaos ensnaring the White House on a daily basis, our soulless Republican-controlled Senate has been working overtime to quietly dismantle the ACA and leave millions for dead. Luckily, they suck at governing, Moreover, they seem to have found that trying to replace something that represents one-sixth of the world’s biggest economy is not as easy as screeching at the black guy for eight years.
The GOP senators were forced to scrap the original Obamacare replacement bill after getting shellacked by their own constituents, the American Medical Association (AMA), and the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report.
They need 50 senators to pass it, and with Maine’s Susan Collins and Shelley Moore Capito voting no because the bill’s too cruel, Kentucky’s Rand Paul voting no because it’s not cruel enough, the “Better Health” Reconciliation Act (BHRA) is now on life support.
The GOP’s newer bill keeps some of Obamacare’s tenets, like taxes on the wealthy, but it still seeks to kill the working poor with unprecedented cuts to Medicaid. And it’s with that lack of consideration for the working class that may kill this bill.
It seems Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) may not be able to round-up the necessary 50 votes for a “motion to proceed” vote after a republican senator recently promised to oppose the bill.
With the entire party bought and owned by the billionaire Koch Brothers, this comes as a welcome surprise. Capito should be commended for running contrary to her vile and spineless republicans, and hopefully her opposition–along with a few other Republicans–will result in this monstrosity dying as painful as a death as the innocent Americans expected to live under it.
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