GOP Senators May Have Just Sounded The Death Knell For Their Party’s Healthcare Bill


The Senate’s version of a healthcare bill, which will strip millions of their insurance and give more tax breaks to the poor billionaires who are obviously suffering worse than the rest of us, may well be dead before it even makes it past a motion to proceed. We needed three Republican Senators to refuse to vote for it in order to kill it. We now have those three. They are: Rand Paul of Kentucky, Susan Collins of Maine and Dean Heller of Nevada.

Sen. Heller said last week that he couldn’t vote to take the bill up with its current language. He wasn’t talking about a specific provision or section, either. He simply told reporters last week after the bill was unveiled:

If this is the bill, if this is the language on that procedural motion on Tuesday, I won’t be voting for it.”

Susan Collins would rather work with her colleagues on both sides of the aisle to fix the ACA. She trusts the analysis from the Congressional Budget Office that says the Senate’s bill won’t do that at all, and she tweeted earlier this evening:

Sen. Collins knows who she’s supposed to represent here.

Rand Paul is both an obvious and a surprise “no” vote on this. One might expect him to side with his Senate colleagues on kicking the poor and the sick while they’re down, but he’s not. He’s upset with the process and the fact that they’re supposed to vote on whether to proceed with the bill before they’ve had a solid chance to review it, and right after the CBO score came out. He’s also livid with Senate leadership for being impossibly rigid:

So far the Senate leadership is not negotiating with our office. I’m trying to negotiate with the President, but really the President is going to have to tell leadership it’s going to have to negotiate with some of us who don’t see this bill as being good for the country.”

Other Republicans, such as Rob Portman of Ohio, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Ted Cruz of Texas (of all people) and Mike Lee of Utah, have all expressed concerns about the bill, too. So there may be more than three.

Trumpcare, at least in its current form, appears to be dead before the July 4 recess.

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