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Wishing you a speedy recovery, Senator Grumpypants

Senate Republicans will temporarily delay killing off health insurance for 22 million Americans and bringing back insurers’ ability to deny policies to people with pre-existing conditions, so that John McCain can recover from some necessary surgery. The senator had surgery to remove a blood clot above his left eye on Friday; he appears to be recovering nicely and Yr Wonkette wishes him well.

Mr. McConnell had said that he wanted to begin debate on the bill and pass it this week, using special fast-track procedures. But without Mr. McCain, Senate Republicans would not have the votes they need to take up or pass their bill to repeal and replace major provisions of the health care act that was the signature domestic achievement of President Barack Obama.

Not that the Republicans were planning on wasting time on hearings on their terrible bill to reshape a sixth of the economy and destroy Medicaid, because why would you need hearings? It would just slow things down, and now that John McCain has gone and slowed the process further, it’s especially important to hurry the bill through as soon as he gets back, although McConnell hasn’t said exactly how soon after McCain is up and about again the Senate would be pushed for a vote.

Two Republican senators, Susan Collins and Rand Paul, have already announced they plan to vote against the bill; any additional “no” votes would kill the bill, so with McCain out of action, it would be mathematically impossible to get the 50 votes needed for Vice President Mike Pence to cast the winning vote. Also, through some miracle, Ted Cruz didn’t make any petulant complaints about how unfair it is that young, healthy policy holders have to pay for McCain’s surgery.

Senator McCain hasn’t said how he plans to vote on the bill, and in a recent check of Senate Republicans was unable to say what specific problems with the ACA the Senate plan was supposed to fix. His answer? “Almost all of them. They’re trying to get to 51 votes.” So that was pretty specific. We’d have worried that maybe the blood clot was interfering with his thinking parts, but really, none of the other Republicans had better answers either, and virtually no one has offered a clear explanation of why this monstrosity would result in better healthcare for anyone. (No, “Obamacare isn’t working” is not an argument for this bill.)

The New York Times also notes that when he was asked about the prospects of Republicans coming to a quick agreement on Obamacare repeal, the most he said was that it was possible, but also that “pigs could fly.”

Also, Yr Doktor Zoom is a rhetorician, not a medical doctor, so we won’t venture a guess as to whether that blood clot right near his frontal lobe may have been the reason McCain was all rambling and goofy during the James Comey hearing last month, but it certainly makes you wonder, huh? (Also, the New York Times says “maybe!”) Yikes!

Last week, while Mitch McConnell was preparing to release the second completely secret Republican plan to kill Obamacare and some poor people who depend on it, McCain released a statement saying that obviously Obamacare has to be repealed, because for godssake it’s Obamacare, but that if Republicans can’t reach a consensus on the McConnell bill, then

the Senate should return to regular order, hold hearings and receive input from senators of both parties, and produce a bill that finally provides Americans with access to affordable and quality health care.

Again with the “access,” which is Republican code for “you can have healthcare if you can afford it.” If McCain helps pass the current version of the Republican bill, Americans will have the “choice” to buy junk insurance that won’t even cover hospitalization or surgical procedures, because maybe they think they’ll never need those.

Still, you sort of have to wonder whether John McCain has spent some of his recovery time lying in a quiet room and reflecting on the plight of people who can’t afford the best insurance like he can (thanks to a Republican amendment to the ACA, members of Congress must buy insurance on the Washington DC exchange, but it’s likely McCain purchased the best plan available). It’s just possible he may have had some sort of insight into the need for all Americans to really have decent healthcare, not just “access” to it.

Hahaha, we are pretty amusing makers of the sarcasm, there, imagining John McCain having empathy for people who can’t afford the best insurance, those takers.

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  • The Wanderer

    Here’s wishing him a speedy recovery.
    (sighs, having avoided karmic backlash)

    • AnnieGetYerFun

      Yeah, I hope his recovery is uneventful. And I hope he doesn’t screw Americans out of affordable health insurance.

    • (((fka_donnie_d)))

      Philosophy Dept bathroom graffiti

      My karma team over your dogma

      • MynameisBlarney

        You can say that again!

    • (((fka_donnie_d)))

      Philosophy Dept bathroom graffiti

      My karma ran over your dogma

      • The Wanderer

        I say that from time to time at work, and only one or two people get the joke.

        • (((fka_donnie_d)))

          Best kind of jokes (and people), really.

    • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

      I hear ya, but I can’t stop thinking about how the death of Teddy Kennedy killed single payer. Irony can be a bitchy mutha fucker.

  • Crank Tango

    This is good news for McCain.

    • MrTusks

      I hope that fucking coward makes a full and speedy recovery so he can return to being the publicly-funded shithead who opened this Pandora’s box in the first place, god bless him, that asshole.

  • Bill D. Burger

    Good thing he has Obamacare to aid in his treatment and recovery.

    • MynameisBlarney

      He’s got far better than Obamacare.
      All of them do.

      • Bill D. Burger

        There is a dark irony about delaying the savaging of health care to the poorest Americans because one of the richest is getting world-class care at the US government expense.

        • MynameisBlarney

          At OUR expense!
          We’re breaking our backs to pay for them to get the best healthcare money can buy (in this country anyway) in order to make sure they’re all healthy enough to pass legislation that will kill us.

          America! Fuck Yeah….

          • Tokays_don’t_blink

            And fuck us, apparently…

    • La forza del resistino

      Oh, he could have sold one of his homes, if he could remember how many there are.

  • shastakoala

    Extremely happy the removal of the blood clot was a success. I can only hope the implantation of the empathy chip works out just as well. Best wishes for a smooth recovery Mr. McCain.

  • memzilla Ω

    Why don’t Rethuglicans just admit that when they say “access to health care” they mean “walk through a hospital’s ‘Emergency’ entrance?”

  • calliecallie

    You know who should have an epiphany about the need for good health care? Mitch McConnell! Because if McCain hadn’t had good health care, that blood clot might have up and kilt him, and then McConnell would never have any hope of 50 yes votes.
    Here’s wishing Senator Walnuts a recovery in due time, not maybe so super speedy. He should milk that sick leave for a little longer.

  • Mr. Blobfish

    Trump blamed the blood clot on Hillary.

    • Randy Riddle

      His lawyer blamed it on the Secret Service.

  • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

    None of the fence sitters want to be tagged as the “third vote” that killed the bill. Collins and Paul claimed the Golden Tickets this round, so the other 8-10 “undecided” are breathing a bit easier for the moment since the bill is on hold.
    But unless McConnell wants to cancel all of August recess, they aren’t going to be able to do everything necessary in the 4 weeks after the break to keep the lights on and the country funded. And with the House Freedom Caucus threatening shutdown unless the Tortilla Curtain is funded, it’s not like this is an easy row to hoe.

    • Anna Rompage

      First tortilla bowls, and now tortilla curtains? What will they think of next?

  • Anna Rompage

    I think poor John is too distracted by the all you can eat green jello they offer in the hospital, to be empathetic enough to reflect on the plight of the commoner, in regards to their healthcare

  • SayItWithWookies

    A blood clot over his eyelid? I still don’t think that was the cause of the I’m-doing-something-evil twitch, but maybe they’ll be able to figure out what exactly is making that happen.

    • cmd resistor

      It was a pretty big clot, like 5 cm. All the experts like Sanjay GUpta were on TV this morning describing the surgery, which involves cutting into the skull. Also they talked about pathology (because of his history of melanoma). Let’s go with, God doesn’t want this bill to pass so he gave John McCain a health issue.

      • SayItWithWookies

        I hope you mean 5mm. And rather than drag the deity into it, I’ll go with Mcain wasn’t going to vote for it anyway, but that’s a good enough excuse for McConnell, if only he can delay the vote long enough to persuade some people who were against it, but not so long that the CBO score comes out.

        • cmd resistor

          I think it really was 5cm — they also described it as over 2 inches.

    • SterWonk

      “above his left eye” doesn’t mean “over his eyelid”, it just means that it’s somewhere in the left side of his head, above the eye socket.

      In this case, since they had to do a craniotomy, that means the clot was in fact inside the skull. It could be in the brain itself, or it could be a subdural hematoma (bleeding between the inside of the skull and the surface of the brain (more or less)).

      Subdural hematomas are not that uncommon for someone in their 80s. Neither are strokes. Given his history with melanoma, it could also potentially be related to a metastasis (and I sincerely hope it’s not that — my best friend’s father died of melanoma which metastasized to the brain and liver, and it was terrible).

  • Stulexington

    I wonder if McTurtle will delay things long enough for a brief heartfelt looking statement happy that McCain is healthy enough to vote before pushing things through.

  • La forza del resistino

    Vote to deny surgery coverage to millions delayed by one surgery for one octogenarian stirs the irony soup. Good thing those death panels never took hold.

  • The Wanderer

    OT: The BBC has reported that 50,000 homes in southern Zambia have had their electricity restored after An Incident.

    Was it a terrorist act?

    Nope, and this goes in the Weird File.

    A baboon – yes, a baboon – somehow got into a power station. Our Simian
    Saboteur then proceeded to do a bit of monkeyshines about the place,
    and shorted out the grid. He got electrocuted, but because of a “thick
    skin” he just got singed.

    No word on whether any of his buddies were going to ape his behavior.

    And that’s our current news, no matter how shocking it may be.

  • Bill D. Burger

    Let me try to clarify this. We have a very, very….very rich Senator that needs surgery covered by the high end plan legislators have. He’s not going to pay a dime for said surgery, no doubt. Then_________We are going wait for him to get back so we can dump people off Medicare (mostly kids and disabled), give the wealthy a tax boost, and make it so people can buy cheap insurance that covers almost nothing.

    Well, goddamn, that’s so “Republican” it’s blinding. So …. much…..winning!

    • The Wanderer

      It’s so Republican, it’s practically Ancien Regime Bourbon!

    • Winning? We’ve already won.

    • Joe Hill

      Look up my congresscritter Ted, “I Got Mine, Fuck You.” Poe.
      Diagnosed w/ cancer his Cadillac healthcare insurance plan enabled him to receive the best care from the best doctors, at the best hospitals using the best anti cancer drugs.
      He’s now in remission.
      His first act after returning to congress?
      Voting to take away YOUR healthcare…
      Deplorables, indeed…

      • PubOption

        Nevermore.

        • Skeptical_thinker

          Telltale heartlessness.

    • Opalescent Riddles

      INORITE?

      If it was such a fucking good idea, it would easily pass with several members not present or abstaining.

  • Joe Beese
  • Cousin Itt de La Résistance

    Trump: “He’s a medical patient ’cause he got the clots. I like people that weren’t clotted, OK?”

  • beatbort

    I hope two things for John McCain
    1) While they were doing the eye surgery, they also reattached his balls.
    2) He is shown first his bill for the surgery, and how much his insurance covers of the bill (All of it, Katie!) and then the bill that would be charged a patient who loses his insurance via the Republican “health care” legislation.

  • Martini Ambassador 🍸

    “I prefer senators that don’t get blood clots and delay repealing disastrous Obamacare, which is not so much disastrous as it is something popular that the black guy did so it’s got to go.”

    OK, maybe he didn’t tweet that, but you know Dumbass is thinking it.

    • Paperless Tiger

      You said thinking.

  • ManchuCandidate

    It is good that Juan McCain has had government sponsored Healthcare all his life.

  • Bill D. Burger

    Meets the Republicans’ high standards for health care:

    “As long as one poor child or old person in a nursing home is denied care, it’s worth it.” – Your Kinder & Gentler GOP: The Party of *Family Values

    (*Manson family)

  • Snark Tank Full of Resistance

    the Senate should return to regular order, hold hearings and receive input from senators of both parties, and produce a bill that finally provides Americans with access to affordable and quality health care.

    (emphasis mine)

    Here’s the thing, Walnuts: It can be affordable health care, but then it’s not quality. It can be quality health care, but then it’s not affordable. So there’s no way to even provide “access” to something that’s both.

  • Proud Liberal
    • SayItWithWookies

      …and abortions.

      • Proud Liberal

        Yes. Absolutely!

  • Joe Beese
  • Bill D. Burger

    And just for clarity’s sake, “above his eye” with an eyebrow incision and craniotomy means “in his brain”____ which sounds a lot worse than “above his eye”.

    This may not be as simple as they’re making it sound….and especially since the word “biopsy” has also been mentioned a number of times.

  • Joe Beese

    It might seem obvious that Republicans should surrender to public opinion, abandon their loathed plan, and work with Democrats to fix the health-care system. Instead, they seem to be calculating that they have more to lose than to gain by fixing the health-care system, and implicitly conceding that their eight-year crusade to destroy Obamacare has been a lie.

    http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/07/republicans-give-away-the-game-on-trumpcare.html

    • Proud Liberal

      It’s all about one thing: Erasing President Obama’s legacy. That’s all of any of this is.

      • Bill D. Burger
      • MynameisBlarney

        Well…that and totally destroying anything and everything that is even remotely good and decent.

        • Proud Liberal

          And, yet, that too. They hate the American people.

          • TJ Barke

            Unless they’re corporate people.

      • Randy Riddle

        I thought that’s what Trump got the pee hookers for.

      • janecita

        They want Obama to become the modern, male version of Queen Hatshepsut.

        https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hatshepsut

    • mancityRed6

      maybe they have a secret plan to get us out of…er, fix the problems that this plan creates?
      “vote for us again, we’ll fix this mess!”

      • janecita

        A “final solution?”

  • OddMan

    “For patients not covered by health insurance, the typical cost of brain surgery ranges from $50,000-$150,000 or more.
    With really good insurance, can be a couple of thousand or even 0.
    http://health.costhelper.com/brain-surgery.html

  • Sedagive ’em Hell

    Perhaps all those “wavering no votes” who understand that their “yes” vote is actually premeditated manslaughter could organize and manage to find a bunch of “emergencies” that require their successive, immediate attention, thus delaying the vote for several months.

    No one person can take the blame, and the bill will have a much greater chance of dying from neglect, thus saving the lives of millions.

    • Joe Hill

      Could there be an upcoming epidemic of, “I have to wash my hair”, in the Senate ranks???

      • Querolous

        “I have to launderwash my moneyhair”

  • TJ Barke

    I really don’t know how much longer I can deal with this bullshit before I end up having a psychotic break and need to be put in an asylum, which means I’d actually just end up homeless…

    • Proud Liberal

      I’m in the same boat. I’ve had about all I can take of this bullshit.

      • Blackest Noobs

        well…i personally have had it for decades and my folks before them over a century….so good to know y’all are joining the club of the malcontents.

    • HazooToo

      Do some other shit. Dive your ass down a rabbit hole and don’t come up for at least two days. You need some time off.

    • SisterArtemis

      Betcha there are more than a few Wonkers here who’d help you out. But seriously, if you think it would help, take a break from Trumpnation for a couple of days.

      • Yr. Gma

        That is a good idea.

    • Vagenda and Pee-ara

      Don’t give them that satisfaction.

  • Cousin Itt de La Résistance

    OT: The Department of Homeland Security will release Mar-a-Lago visitor records as part of an ongoing lawsuit from three watchdog groups.

    “What do you mean it’s written in Cyrillic?”

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/mar-a-lago-visitor-logs-released-crew

    • Sally

      They’ll have Melania translate it. I mean, the big reason they love her (other than her fake boobs) is that ‘she speaks five languages! Fluently! I heard her! And she loves kids! And look how classy she looks int hat $10,000 dress and those spike heels! We are SO lucky now!” I swear they masturbate to her nude photos daily.

  • MynameisBlarney
  • chascates

    All of his life McCain’s had government healthcare: Navy brat, Navy officer (& brat), and now Senator.

    TAKER!!

  • OddMan

    A little more about the cost of major health issues like McCain’s brain surgery. Before the ACA medical bills were the leading cause of personal bankruptcies. Now, that number has been cut by 50% as shown in this Consumers Report graph.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/95c74c45dcfa1cfcf082fcb6cf95a12edb764687530c96091555e01308a7969a.png

    This graph will look a lot different in the future if the GOP has it’s way.

    • Ryan Denniston

      Yeah, they’ll reform the laws to make it unpossible to file for bankruptcy.

    • Snark Tank Full of Resistance

      This also graphically illustrates why Republicans want to do away with the ACA.

    • Phoenixdoglover

      I hate to say it, but that chart cherry-picks the data. It would be more instructive to look at number from 2006 onward. I think there was this little thing called the housing mortgage crisis, and that may have been the major factor in play.

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6b1bf95041abcbda11cd37d5d93dc35be49d1731677606e728a8f9a6e65f1d5c.png

  • Bub, Zombie in mourning

    Congressional Republicans are indeed fortunate that they have such an excellent health insurance plan, because this is a hell of a pre-existing condition:

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e04ec7ffc057a133f2b2f067cb4eafed99ed420477e39d59d77d53111415f00a.jpg

  • Joe Hill

    Thank dog Sen McCain qualified for socialized government healthcare, errr, I mean, Medicare.
    Otherwise, like under his party’s plan, he might be takin’ a dirt nap…

  • Ryan Denniston

    “but that if Republicans can’t reach a consensus on the McConnell bill, then “the Senate should return to regular order, hold hearings
    and receive input from senators of both parties, and produce a bill that
    finally provides Americans with access to affordable and quality health
    care.””

    So, if we can’t agree on how to screw over Americans, then we should come together to do the right thing? WTF!

  • Ducksworthy

    We don’t need no steeking hearings. What do you think this is here. A democracy?

  • Bill D. Burger

    Two words to which Mac said, “Good idea.” indicated strongly long ago that GrandPa had serious issues with his brain: “Sarah Palin. “

  • schmannity

    Who has to call in sick next to keep McConnellCare on life support? I’m going with Ted Cruz and a hemorrhoidectomy from his upper lip.

    • ken_kukec

      Like to see him lose the 10 pounds of ugly, dangerous fat above his neck (with votes).

  • Ryan Denniston

    “so we won’t venture a guess as to whether that blood clot right near his frontal lobe may have been the reason McCain was all rambling and goofy
    during the James Comey hearing last month, but it certainly makes you
    wonder, huh? (Also, the New York Times says “maybe!”) Yikes!”

    It actually explains quite a lot when you think about it.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/51d60d9cd87d8eb03e48d69ae0f141e363021620299efc1faf1d678cd3a22a3d.jpg

    • OddMan

      Careful there I am old and I often yell at clouds.
      I also yell at the TV, at the Newspapers, and while thinking about trump in general.

      • SisterArtemis

        Doncha wish the clouds would yell back sometimes?

        • shastakoala

          Umm, mine do.

        • TundraGrifter

          it’s called thunder.

        • Jeffery Campbell

          They don’t? What am I hearing then?

    • TundraGrifter

      I’ll continue to yell at The Cloud if it doesn’t give me back all my files, photos, etc.

  • Bitter Scribe

    I just had to lay out $650 for a new computer system after my 10-year-old Mac gave up the ghost. That’s enough to pay for one whole month of unsubsidized health insurance. And next month I could, I dunno, stop eating or something.

    • anon_the_great

      Buy one less I phone

      • Augustus

        No, You Phone!

  • Bill D. Burger

    It’s telling when this is what it takes for John McCain finally to be useful for something.

    • Sally

      I hope he’s lucid and out of action for six months! If he dies, the AZ Gov will appoint someone worse!

  • anon_the_great

    Denying Americans easy access to healthcare is part of Operation Chaos. Keep the rabble anxious, churning, fighting for their very lives while psychopaths who have dropped the pretense of acting human suck up what little wealth not under their control.

    It’s a sickness

  • Les Appentis De la résistance

    “produce a bill that finally provides Americans with access to affordable and quality health care”
    When was that a priority? I thought this was the great tax giveaway of 2017 with a side of screw the sick if they’re poor.

  • HazooToo

    It’s interesting how this serves to highlight the fact that McCain regularly chastises the GOP, but without his vote to go along with their despicable shit, they couldn’t do it. He’s been lying to America for longer than Trump has. He’s just been better at getting away with it.

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      Maverick my ass…

      • shastakoala

        He’s more of a Goose.

  • Les Appentis De la résistance

    I hope he still recognizes Miss Lindsey.

    • Bub, Zombie in mourning

      If Walnuts is out of commission, who will buy Mizz Lindsey a corsage and take her to the summer cotillion?

  • Aileen

    I know there are rules against wishing violence upon politicians, but there are 52 Republican Senators. Many of them are quite old. Old people have frequent medical problems. It seems like with a little effort on their constituents parts, we could keep one of them out of action at all times for months.

    • Paperless Tiger

      Well, they’ve all gone bat-shit crazy. That’s a start?

      • Aileen

        Unfortunately, you have to be both bat-shit crazy and POOR before they lock you up involuntarily.

  • cmd resistor

    OT: I wondered what old T-Rump was up to today after his grueling weekend at the golf tournament. This is the schedule posted on his FB page:
    Daily intelligence briefing
    Lunch with Vice President Mike Pence
    Meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson
    Made in America product showcase

    • SayItWithWookies

      You’d think they’d be able to throw a military parade in there somewhere.

      • Sally

        Our military balks at that….the one thing he wants that they won’t hand him. Oh and we just learned that Trump’s military is responsible for more civilian deaths in 4 months than during Obama’s 8 YEARS! The GOP sure ‘values life,’ doesn’t it? White male unborn life.

    • Anna Rompage

      Made in America product showcase

      Where he will be showing off his kids, because all of his, and his family’s merchandise are all made in foreign countries…

    • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

      Lunch with Vice President Mike Pence

      Menu:
      Donald Trump: 2 Big Macs, 2 orders of Fries, Large Coke, Ice Cream
      Mike Pence: Kraft Singles w/ Miracle Whip on Wonder Bread, Ice Water

      • shivaskeeper

        Fake news. We all know it’s a Diet Coke.

      • mackafritz

        Ice Cream: Two Scoops

      • AyeDiosDrinko

        Idk I bet Mike Pence only drinks milk at meals.

      • Jeffery Campbell

        Processed American Cheese Food – by the fine folks that bring us Elmer’s Glue.

      • Phoenixdoglover

        Mother cuts the sandwich into triangles, and Mike pulls off the crusts. He’s a bad boy.

      • Sally

        And his intel brief wasn’t until 11:00. The man was exhausted from watching the ladies golf all weekend and waving his fat hand at the ‘fans.’ So glad he’s not guilty of profiting from this fake office he sits in.

        • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

          Gotta squeeze in those 5-6 hours of not watching TV.

      • GHERKINS OF RESTIVENESS!

        Ice in his water is probably too spicy!

    • Skwerl the Taco Hunter

      Made in America product showcase:
      1) A Harley Davidson motorcycle
      2) Trump products made in China with Made in the USA stickers stuck on them
      That is all.

      • MrTusks

        FAKE NEWS. The stickers are made in the USA!

  • Anna Rompage

    “John, if you can manage to come back for just one vote before break, I’ll make sure the senate cafeteria serves green jello everyday, instead of just on Wednesdays” Mitch McConnell

  • WotsAllThisThen

    From watching this debate, I gather the most important issue facing America’s healthcare system, the main driver of high prices vs quality of care hampering medical outcomes and distorting the market, the underlying systemic problem that prevents this country from having the best healthcare in the world at the lowest possible cost, is the lack of 50 votes.

    That seems to be what the whole debate is about.

  • Joe Beese
    • Sally

      Well, if by some miracle Trump remains at the Oval desk with his handy pen for four years, the entire world will be falling apart. But as long as he and princess can keep making money off Chinese sweatshops and fancy golf courses, there will be nary a thought to the plight of the rest of us. Are we great now, GOP voters?

  • natoslug

    I take it that the turtle expects McCain to vote in support of the AHCA. So mavericky, that McCain.

    • Wild Cat

      He will. They’ll wheel him onto the floor. It’s not at all unusual. We’ve also have Senators in senility and dementia vote.
      Our Constitution is really fucked up.

      • Bub, Zombie in mourning

        Hell, you have a president who is almost certainly insane…

        • Wild Cat

          And he’s not the first, believe me.
          I’ve laughed at the Constitution since Nixon hired Ford to pardon him.
          What government allows a criminal political party to retain power after being found criminal?

    • TundraGrifter

      Sen McCain always talks tough – and then almost always falls into line when it comes time to vote.

      I highly recommend “Mr. Smith Is Dead” if you haven’t read it.

    • JMP

      But McCain will talk about possibly voting against the rest of the GOP before voting in lockstep with the party as he does every single fucking time, which according to the media makes him a maverick independent with integritude.

      • natoslug

        I think you misspelled integriturd.

  • roberteye

    The irony, hypocrisy and sociopathy: waiting for a guy, who’s been living off tax payers (and/or his wife) for 50 years, with full health coverage to crawl out of the hospital to vote to take health care from millions of people.

    • Everrett Fanuelli

      He’s been living off a combination of the government and his rich wife for most of his life. That’s what I call a Maverick!

      • alwayspunkindrublic

        Her family’s booze distributorship and Az. mafia connections have paid off handsomely for him.

      • MrTusks

        He even spent five years living off the Vietnamese government! What a commie!

  • WotsAllThisThen

    Perhaps Alberto Gonzalez and Andrew Card can visit McCain in the hospital and collect his yes vote.

  • La forza del resistino

    Did Kamala drop by the OR to ask Mr Chairman to tell John to shut up and let the surgeon finish?

  • Yr. Gma

    McCain’s insurance, whatever it is, is paid for by Medicare in some fashion. Cuz he’s an old.

    • He probably has the same AARP supplemental insurance that my mom has, to cover what Medicare won’t.

      • William

        I have a supplemental program through AAAAAARP. (it’s an auto club for retired alcoholics).

  • JMP

    “the Senate should return to regular order, hold hearings and receive input from senators of both parties, and produce a bill that finally provides Americans with access to affordable and quality health care.”

    But the Senate already did that seven years ago. What you evil fucks are trying to ram through now is a bill to steal that affordable and quality health care from Americans.

  • Wild Cat

    Well, every mornin’ I wake and praise Jesus that John McCain now has fully grown out-of-wedlock deep South Negro chillren to care for him.

  • William

    It wouldn’t be beneath the GOP to try some chicanery to get John to sign this bill in his diminished condition.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/771116463d998b6d76bd61e9b270a44658f3336193615df2aa91cfd663840729.jpg

    • Wild Cat

      “I thought I was signing onto a nuclear war against Viet Nam.”
      “I thought I’d reenlist and BombBombBombBombBomb Iran.”
      “I thought it was very family-values of me to walk out on my wife.”
      “I thought I was wise to put Palin next in line for the Presidency. I still do.”
      “Brain surgery? But I don’t have a fucking brain. Dad told me that.”

  • Everrett Fanuelli

    John McShitStain

  • William

    More than eight years ago John McCain picked Snowbank Snookie as his running mate…and just now they are concerned with his brain?

    • cleos_mom

      His 2008 choice alone is enough to make hamburger out of that particular sacred cow.

  • Everrett Fanuelli

    Yesterday it was George Romero. Today it’s Martin Landau that said fuck this! RIP

    • No!!! Loved Landau. About 15 years ago, he was in a production at the University Theater at the university where I work, and sublet an apartment, hung around, and went shopping at the local Stop & Shop. That was so cool to see him there. The other star actors who do this usually limo in and out of New York.

  • MynameisBlarney

    Scarboi v No-Neck Hammity…
    Slapfight of the week!

    http://crooksandliars.com/2017/07/scarborough-takes-shot-sean-hannity-state

  • fawkedifiknow

    I’m pretty sure FIVE AND HALF YEARS, ALAN in a P.O.W. camp featuring treatment approved by the likes of Dick Cheney would be considered a pre-existing condition, but ol’ Walnuts is so addled he can’t remember anything anymore.

  • andyshelt

    So basically, McCain on one of his lucid good days will vote for Trumpcare.

    Let’s just hope that the befuddled and confused Mccain that rambled on about Clinton’s emails when questioning Comey turns up when it’s time to vote on Trumpcare.

    https://youtu.be/Q_dJKbrMqxU

  • ken_kukec

    Teddy Kennedy developed his compassion about healthcare for the poor while spending five months in a hospital (much of it in traction) for injuries sustained in a 1964 plane crash.

    We can hope a blood-clot above the eyeball has a similar effect on Sen. McCain.

    • Shibusa

      Prediction:
      McCain will talk like he wants to do the right thing by middle class Americans regarding healthcare, and then he will fall in line and vote with the rest of the GOP.

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        world’s safest bet

      • William
      • Weird Fishes

        At the end of the day he’s really not very much of a maverick, and hasn’t been since the day when he was compelled to to apologize at Bob Jones U. Ever since then he’s gone from being an irritating but sometimes compelling public servant to a babbling idiot.

        • ken_kukec

          What a long, strange trip it’s been since the “Straight Talk Express” of year 2000.

          • Weird Fishes

            And sad. Don’t forget sad. Love him or like him or hate him he is visibly diminished and bat-shittier than ever.

        • GHERKINS OF RESTIVENESS!

          My theory as to why: his guilty nutsack was saved from the woodchipper in the Keating 5 S&L scandal, and he still gets reigned in by the GOP because they remind him how they “know what he did last summer.”

  • Anna Elizabeth, Invicta

    OT – Hey’s Y’all. Today is the 2nd Anniversary of my Coming Out. :) Two years of living as a woman fulltime. It hasn’t been easy, but it’s been Better.

    Plus, I just met a new neighbor whilst checking the mail and this nice lady called me “Gorgeous”.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/107711268da378017bb188bc20003308da06ca9f73f01d8311c1c50c6536fffb.jpg

    Anna Elizabeth – 44-and-a-half years old, and about to break her diet. xD

    • You go girl!

    • shivaskeeper

      Very good.

      • Anna Elizabeth, Invicta

        Thank you. A cop stopped me yesterday when I wore these shorts to the store.

        Needs a hobby, methinks. xD

        • shivaskeeper

          Was that a stop to talk or a stop to lecture you?

          • Anna Elizabeth, Invicta

            He said he wanted to see if I was in a bathing suit or panties. Typical busybody nonsense.

            I’d die before I dated a cop or a firefighter. I had a young firefighter check me out the other day when some asshole set of a string of Firecrackers on 2nd Floor and we had to evacuate.

          • shivaskeeper

            So lecture then. With an option on getting a closer look.

          • Anna Elizabeth, Invicta

            *nods* When I explained that I was wearing shorts *and* a bikini, he said “just checking. You certainly got *my* attention.”

            Worthless old perv with a badge.

    • Kiri the Unicorn

      Happy anniversary!

      • Anna Elizabeth, Invicta

        Thanx Kiri! :D

    • rosenbomb

      You rock wedges better than I do, Anna! May you have many, many years of living as your best self :)

      • Anna Elizabeth, Invicta

        Thank you sincerely. ~hugs~

    • The Green Bastard

      Gams like Garbo. I’m so jelly. & I love your shoes. :)

      • Anna Elizabeth, Invicta

        Thanx Doll. :) I just got the shoes on sale on Prime Day. I adore Wedge Heels, I’m still breaking them in.

    • Zyxomma

      Happy anniversary! If your head were closer in size to mine, I’d send you a hat to celebrate.

      • Anna Elizabeth, Invicta

        Thank you, the thought counts too. ~hugs~

    • SweetDeeKat

      You are very cute today! Rockin’ that outifit like a hurricane.

      • Anna Elizabeth, Invicta

        Thank you. :D

  • La forza del resistino

    Mitch to bribe Rand with federal funds for KY so someone can finally build a creationist, Noah’s ark theme park. Oh, wait

  • William

    All this silly talk about healthcare is distracting us from the important stuff…like “made in America week”. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8a26e1674209d20a60b34692296d8c1c2bde6fc87391c3b09f00ee92966a3eb5.jpg

    • Ryan Denniston

      Faux sympathy for working mothers?

    • Crank Tango

      7) Profit

      (sorry, I’m translating financial statements again today).

    • PubOption

      Implants?

  • theblackdog

    Looks like another round of calls, especially since I had to go get stitched up in the ER last week and the ACA is the reason that my bill shouldn’t be outrageous even though insurance deductibles suck

  • OneYieldRegular

    Maybe McConnell could send Alberto Gonzales and Andrew Card to McCain’s bedside to take advantage of his incapacitated state? It’s not like James Comey will be in the way this time.

  • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

    I find it sort of amazing that the only time something good comes from McCain (R-Maverick) is when he is absent from the Senate. Now if we could just convince Cruz to follow McCain’s example!

  • Zippy W Pinhead
    • Msgr_MΩment

      “Honey, I was only off by 720 big ones in the monthly budget. Can you pass me some of that hooker-n-blow?”

    • therblig

      “MAGAnomics”? you mean trumpy actually agreed not to put his name on something?

    • Zyxomma

      Oh, FFS.

    • Opiwan

      In Trump’s defense, I too fear getting hit in the head with a 60 pound bag of drugs while walking near walls… and we all know how those cartel types love trebuchets and catapults.

  • Msgr_MΩment

    Let me say that I not only wish Walnuts McGrumpyface well, I wish him fantastically well, all ice cream cones and blowjobs, so that the GOoPers can count on his lame ass to…….Wait, squirrels!

  • Jgb979

    Love how “walnuts is old and broken” is now the actual given excuse for procrastination. I plan on using “McCain is old and crazy” as my excuse for not mowing the lawn this weekend.

    • Crank Tango

      I’ve coasted the past few weeks on “the lawn mower is broken” plus “the lawn is dead.”

      • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

        There’s always the California Excuse “We’re conserving water”

    • Msgr_MΩment

      ….best augmented by grabbing your own crotch and twisting it left and right.

  • MynameisBlarney
    • Joe Beese

      Brickable.

    • Crank Tango

      Ugh, Jaden Smith face. I’m guessing he’s just as smrt.

    • Bub, Zombie in mourning

      We need a March Madness style bracket for all these worthless assholes.

    • Jgb979

      Can’t He get primaried by someone more qualified ? Like Snookie from Jersey shore?

    • spangled

      “a former cast member of the real world”. jesus christ america is worse off than i knew.

    • Anna Elizabeth, Invicta

      Jesus Christ – he belongs in “They Live”

    • QHarp, Mujer malévola

      I heard if you go into a bathroom, flick the lights on and off, then say the words ‘Well, actually’ three times into the mirror, this face stares back at you.

      • MynameisBlarney

        GAAAAAH!!!

        And now I’m never sleeping again.

    • William
    • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

      No one will ever defeat Ted Cruz. There are only runners up.

      • BreakingDeadMen

        It’s like in sportsball, when one guy is the best player of his generation and they’ve given him the MVP a couple times and then they say, you know what? Let’s recognize somebody else.

    • Kiri the Unicorn

      GAAH! Must…not…impale…monitor!

    • The Green Bastard

      That face you make when the 3 weeks’ worth of shit you’ve been holding in decides to make an appearance while you’re on camera…

    • Incoming Ham

      He is a serious contender. Not Shkreli quality, but just below..

    • Paul

      With that pained look on his puss it looks like he already got smacked.

      “OW MY BALLS!!”

  • Joe Beese

    A White House not exactly known for its message discipline is fumbling its response to Donald Trump, Jr.’s meeting with a Kremlin-linked lawyer during the 2016 campaign, with new explanations that arise on a near-daily basis become increasingly harder to square with each other.

    While maintaining its original defense, that the President himself did not know about the meeting, the Trump administration and the President’s team of outside lawyers have offered up a slew of additional and at times conflicting rationalizations for it. Since the rendezvous was first reported just over a week ago, it has been justified as standard political opposition research; cast as part of a Democratic smear campaign; defended as the naïve undertaking of a 39-year-old “good kid” trying to help his father; and, most recently, blamed on the U.S. Secret Service.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/trump-administration-legal-team-shifting-defenses-trump-jr-meeting

    • Bub, Zombie in mourning

      Message discipline is unknown to these fucking morons. If they were soldiers in a firefight, they’d shoot every fucking round of ammunition they had off at nothing in the first 45 seconds, then start beating each other with their rifle butts.

  • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

    Well, I’ma gonna be a maverick and not throw shade at old John out of respect for what he went through as a POW. I appreciate the timing of his ailment if it helps forestall the killing of my Obamacare, and oft times old John is very, very, very wrong but I don’t have it in me to trash him when it’s a health thing beyond his control (and if it is a return of melanoma that is related to the whole POW thing).

    But ya’ll have your fun, and I mean it!!

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    They are postponing a vote to cut millions of people off from their healthcare so that one of their members can get healthcare…

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d17e58dc9e2f804a82899c72aaf1b24f279fdd1ed30fecf45656886526890d7e.jpg

    • BreakingDeadMen

      Irony is the muthfcukin’ Hydra

      • hendenburg2

        Hail Irony!

  • Vagenda and Pee-ara

    Hopefully McCain will be getting out of the hospital soon enough to vote on the next GOP shit sandwich coming down the pike:
    “President Trump wants to pitch tax reform aggressively. Our sources expect him to make the case for the plan by barnstorming the Midwest states he won in November

    … The White House is engaging CEOs across the country, looking for them to hold town halls, do media appearances, and write letters to their employees explaining the benefits of tax reform … They’re talking to local mayors and county commissioners, too. And they’re pressing outside groups to spend big on advertising support.
    Sounds like they’ve really done their homework. If they’re this deep into the marketing phase of their effort, then the actual tax-reform bill must be in great shape. Let’s see what progress they’ve made on the policy front:

    We expect the White House to float a few tax policy trial balloons in August …. [One] major unsolved problem is how (or if) to pay for all these tax cuts. Some in the White House would happily just blow out the deficit, but Leadership suspects most Republicans wouldn’t be on board with that.

    Ah. So activists and business leaders are pleasantly surprised by how well prepared the White House is to pass tax reform. Also, it will be one more month before the administration begins floating “tax policy trial balloons,” and, for the moment, the top economic minds in the Executive branch have no idea how to defray the cost of their desired tax cuts — which a recent analysis put at around $7.8 trillion over ten years — beyond “blow out the deficit.”

    We’re now grading the White House policy proposals by the same exacting standards that a Montessori preschool teacher deploys when offering feedback on finger paintings.President Trump wants to pitch tax reform aggressively. Our sources expect him to make the case for the plan by barnstorming the Midwest states he won in November

    … The White House is engaging CEOs across the country, looking for them to hold town halls, do media appearances, and write letters to their employees explaining the benefits of tax reform … They’re talking to local mayors and county commissioners, too. And they’re pressing outside groups to spend big on advertising support.
    Sounds like they’ve really done their homework. If they’re this deep into the marketing phase of their effort, then the actual tax-reform bill must be in great shape. Let’s see what progress they’ve made on the policy front:

    We expect the White House to float a few tax policy trial balloons in August …. [One] major unsolved problem is how (or if) to pay for all these tax cuts. Some in the White House would happily just blow out the deficit, but Leadership suspects most Republicans wouldn’t be on board with that.

    Ah. So activists and business leaders are pleasantly surprised by how well prepared the White House is to pass tax reform. Also, it will be one more month before the administration begins floating “tax policy trial balloons,” and, for the moment, the top economic minds in the Executive branch have no idea how to defray the cost of their desired tax cuts — which a recent analysis put at around $7.8 trillion over ten years — beyond “blow out the deficit.”

    We’re now grading the White House policy proposals by the same exacting standards that a Montessori preschool teacher deploys when offering feedback on finger paintings.”

    Guess who gets to pay for those $8 trillion in tax cuts, snowflakes?

    http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/07/were-grading-trump-like-hes-a-montessori-kindergartener.html

    • Kooolest G

      sending CEOs to go out and convince the unwashed masses that they need to give up their health insurance so the CEO can get a tax cut sounds like a recipe for torches and pitchforks to me

      • Vagenda and Pee-ara

        Luckily for the GOP, their base is composed of drooling idiots and morans, so they’ll probably buy it. In ten years, they’ll be wondering why they don’t get any Social Security or medical care. Thanks, Obama!

  • Me not sure

    “I really prefer Senators who don’t have blood clots in their brain. Nontheless less best of luck, loser.
    Sincerely,
    DONALD J. TRUMP
    The greatest President of all time, some people are saying.

  • MynameisBlarney
    • Bill Diaz

      Of course the most popular type of lab in the Trump states is the ‘Meth Lab’.

      Taste the rainbow indeed!

      Have a great day!

    • Kiri the Unicorn
      • miss_grundy

        She is curious yellow……

    • Persistent Demme

      In the few times I have visited the emergency vet, there has ALWAYS been a Lab there (usually for eating something crazy).
      I’ve never had one, but they seem totally adorable and funny, (if a little too food motivated).

  • Bill Diaz

    I noticed that Sen McCain prefers not to use the VA system of healthcare either. Could you imagine how much the VA could improve if eligible Congresscritters went to their local clinics and hospitals instead?

    I used to give veterans the ‘benefit of the doubt’ regardless of party, until Tom Cotton ended that practice (first cracked by Alan West), but McCain has always been a self centered, selfish, grandstanding liar and that is my expectation going forward.

    2/505 PIR, H-Minus
    Have a great day!

    • Pilotshark

      All the way!
      Airborne!

    • shivaskeeper

      We shouldn’t get the benefit of the doubt. We should be judged by our actions same as everyone else.

      McCain has forgotten ever lesson learned at the Naval Academy and his time in service. Cotton is just a little weasel and learned nothing from his service.

      • Querolous

        894th out of 899.

        • shivaskeeper

          His class ranking doesn’t matter. I’m not trying to swift boat him. He served when he didn’t have to. He was an officer and could have resigned his commission at any time, but he didn’t. I’m not knocking his service.

          What I am saying is being a vet should confer no extra benefit of the doubt vice not being a vet. Being a vet does not give us some magical superiority. Our actions define the level of respect we should get, not veteran status.

  • eyelashviper

    Gee, McTurdle is such a considerate guy. No doubt he would have put off the vote if Warren, Sanders, Schumer, Feinstein, or any other Dem was in the hospital….

    • Panika MCD

      *Dem or independent

  • gkshenaut

    Doesn’t McCain qualify for military healthcare?

    • Darrell Imaginarian

      He’s on Heiresscare. You want good health care? Marry a shit ton of beer money.

      • suziq

        Dammit, I tried drinking a shit ton of beer and it did not work!

    • Panika MCD

      he does.

    • Incoming Ham

      To be fair, he earned it.

  • Panika MCD

    he’s been known to stand up to the GOP on torture since he was tortured. it’s not beyond belief to think that he’d want everyone to have the same healthcare he does.

  • Scooby

    Health care emergency delays creation of health care emergency!

  • OrdinaryJoe

    McCain’s brain stops healthcare drain.

  • bookish

    http://www.newsweek.com/mitch-mcconnells-mean-miserable-healthcare-mendacity-637830

    My focus here, however, is not on the Republicans’ attempt to deny healthcare to millions of people, as shocking as that is. Instead, I want to put this latest truckload of Republican dishonesty into some context.

    The simple fact is that Republicans— not just Trump or McConnell— long ago decided that they are willing to utter bald-faced lies and defend demonstrably false arguments in pursuit of their political goals. Worse, they concluded that there was no downside to standing by those lies, nor was there any upside to keeping each other honest.

    • NotReallyHere

      Thank you. I’ve been trying to put my finger on the real difference between Republican lies and Democrat lies. Republicans attitude seems to be since Democrats are not perfect, and some of them do lie, then the Republican lies are perfectly fine because “everybody does it.” I think this quote sums up the Democrats pretty well.

      By this point, one can hear the right-wing partisans screaming: “Oh, like Democrats are so pure!” To which the answer can only be: “Democrats are far from perfect, but they simply do not engage in this type of dishonesty.”

      The fact is that Democrats are still capable of being embarrassed when they are called out, which means that they are willing to back off of false statements— and, perhaps more importantly, they are careful not to make obviously dishonest statements in the first place.

      I cannot imagine, for example, that Democrats as a group would stand behind a statement about a budget or tax proposal that was based on numbers that had not been adjusted for inflation. Even if one person were willing to do so, others would quickly run for cover by assuring reporters that the guilty party spoke only for himself.

      But the Republicans will rally around each other, and go on TV and tell bald-face lies because tribalism is more important to them than anything else including the truth.

  • bookish

    https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/07/the-disturbing-process-behind-trumpcare/533850/

    Since I came to Washington in 1969, I have been immersed in Congress and its policy process. I have seen many instances of unpopular bills considered and at times enacted. I have seen many instances of bills put together behind closed doors. I have seen bills enacted and repealed after a public backlash. I have seen embarrassing mistakes in bills, and lots of intended consequences.

    But I have never seen a process like the one Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is using in the Senate with his so-called Better Care Reconciliation Act, BCRA, to presumably repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act; nor have I seen lawmakers responding to the bill, and their own constituents, this way.

    • counterlife

      They are responding in the way their actual constituents are directing them. Republican Constituents = Kochs, Mercers, Pope, all other oligarchs, including Vladimir Putin.

  • bookish

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-healthcare-lawsuit-idUSKBN1A21TV?feedType=RSS&feedName=newsOne&google_editors_picks=true

    (Reuters) – New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman intends to sue the federal government if Republican lawmakers pass proposed legislation to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system, his office said on Monday.

    Schneiderman’s office said it has identified “multiple constitutional defects” with the Republican healthcare bills.

    • SeeTrain65

      Damn it, Ohio should be taking the lead on this! Why can’t our AG do the same?

      Oh, right. Our AG is Mike DeWine. Another bible-thumping asshole.

  • Lyly Sirivong

    I was going to comment how stupid it is to postpone a vote because one Congressman is missing but then I found out you guys only have 100 senators. That’s totally bizarre to me.

    • Incoming Ham

      Christ on a bike, we don’t need any more. The ones we have can’t do their jobs.

      • OrdinaryJoe

        But there are 435 Congresspersons: 435 opportunities for mischief.

      • Lyly Sirivong

        I don’t know… The US is a big country. In comparison, France has 577 delegates (députés) and 348 senators for 67 million people. Which is definitely too many.

    • suziq

      Makes perfect sense! Each state gets 2, doesn’t matter if it is California or Rhode Island. (they have most and least number of people in them right? I am guessing)

      • Lyly Sirivong

        Well, it makes at least as much sense as the electoral college to me.

        • whitroth

          Also, Senators have six-year terms. The original reason for that was the idea of legislators who can take a longer-term view, and deliberate more.

          Also, two for each state… and the entire state votes, meaning that, unlike Congresscritters, who are elected by district, the larger number of rural districts (self-proclaimed conservative, for soe idiot reason) don’t get to outvote the cities (more liberal)

        • Hazel Blumberg

          The electoral college was created to save us from incompetent presidents. You can see how well THAT worked. Sigh.

      • brucej

        Least populous state is Wyoming, followed by Alaska, Vermont and North Dakota. Rhode Island is just the smallest physically, but it’s #43 in population.

    • Hazel Blumberg

      We’ve also got the House of Representatives, where states get a proportional number of representatives, based on how big the state’s population is.

  • Hamilton Ω, AKA Formerly DN

    Meh. McCain’t had a blood clot above his right eye. Double Meh! He should be back at work killing people with pre-existing conditions! It’s not like there is anything vital inside McCain’t’s head, after all.

  • whitroth

    Btw, the latest news is that there was more to it than that, so he’s going to take more time recovering.

    • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

      Even if there weren’t more to it, I can’t imagine it would be a good idea to get on a plane a mere week after having a hole drilled in your skull.

  • Poly_Ester

    Where is Alex Jones in all of this? Shouldn’t he be bellowing that McCain’s sudden “illness” is really a bungled hit by Hillary’s goons?

    • JustDon’tSaySortMyBalls

      He’s busy wrestling with chimeras.

  • GHERKINS OF RESTIVENESS!

    I am pretty sure we will see McCain wheeled in to vote “Yes,” with his eyes closed, and in a weird falsetto, and Mitch McConnell just standing next to him “to massage his chin, as friends do.”

    I then look forward to all the Republicans lining up to tell us first, it never happened, then that it is no crime doing Senator Puppeteering.

  • bookish

    http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2017/07/how_the_republicans_can_get_health_care_passed.html

    I see two ways forward for the GOP. The first would be to go all-in on Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s “consumer freedom option.” The basic idea behind Cruz’s proposal is that as long as insurers sell Obamacare-compliant insurance policies, they’d also be free to sell non-Obamacare-compliant policies. McConnell has incorporated a version of Cruz’s proposal in the latest version of the BCRA, but it’s caused more confusion than anything else. The fear is that Cruz’s approach would lead younger healthier consumers to flee Obamacare-compliant policies for cheaper non-Obamacare-compliant policies, which would drive premiums on those non-Obamacare-compliant policies through the roof. Cruz is trying to allay the fears of GOP senators by telling them this isn’t so—that everyone would be included in a single risk pool. But it’s not clear how this would work in practice.

    The second way forward would be to give up on uniting Senate Republicans to pass a bill through reconciliation and instead try to woo enough Senate Democrats to win a filibuster-proof majority. Over the past few days, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham and Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy have been touting their Graham–Cassidy amendment, which would preserve almost all of Obamacare’s taxes and then block grant the money to the 50 states to expand insurance coverage and otherwise shore up their insurance markets. In theory, liberal states could push further in the direction of single-payer while conservative states could embrace more market-friendly approaches.

  • Canis Greyhame

    God damn it! They’re such masters of bullshit. Why can’t they simply tweak a few things in the ACA while loudly declaring that they’re heroically returning the bill to it’s original Republican purity, back when it was still called “Romneycare”? Just rebrand it, declare victory, and then fuck off from the idea of lethal Medicare slashing and gouging from insurance companies … oh right. I forgot who we were talking about for a second.

    • mfp, all 6s&7s&9s

      you forgot that mitch mcconnell is the most craven, conniving, evil prick that’s ever run the senate?….i want some o whatever he’s^^ drinkin!

  • I heard that McCain’s blood clot problem was identified at his annual checkup.

    People who don’t have insurance, or who had crappy pre-ACA insurance plans, don’t get a “free” annual checkup included.

  • — McConnell insists that the “better care” vote is so urgent that it must be done without CBO score, without hearings, and with minimal debate.
    — McCain needs surgery, which he is fortunate enough to have covered through Military service, through his Congressional health insurance plan (which they get through the ACA market), or through the fact he has quite a lot of money.
    — McConnell is “considerate” enough of a necessary/likely “yes” vote that he postpones vote until McCain can return.
    — People observe that this will at least give time to see CBO score and have hearings.
    — McConnell postpones CBO scoring and doesn’t do hearings anyway.

  • Persistent Demme

    I wonder if ol’ Walnuts was hoping that only silver lining of this surgery, was not having to vote on this odious POS.
    (Well, McTurtle sure fucked that up!)
    Godspeed, you ol’ Maverick!

  • Kooolest G

    if, god forbid, something happens to him and he dies, then they have a special election and a democrat wins and fucks up the republicans health care plan, I have a feeling walnuts and teddy kennedy will be up in heaven hopefully appreciating the irony of the whole situation. (to be clear, I do not wish for john mccain to die, I wish him all the best with his surgery and hope he lives a lot more years to be an even grumpier old man than he already is)

  • mfp, all 6s&7s&9s

    i’m here at the non-comments section to not-say that this is the best-timed senate non-appearance, and the wisest non-vote that sen mccain ever not-voted

    that is all

    • SeeTrain65

      “You don’t say?”

      • mfp, all 6s&7s&9s

        i dont!1!!11!!

  • Riley Whodat Venable

    Mr. McCain ( get well soon) does have the best health insurance in America. Medicare.

  • Blanche Beecham

    I came here expecting the McCain Lickie Blingee.

  • BJW

    Ha ha ha, Doc! Republicans can’t have empathy, that’s why they are Republicans.

  • Jonny On Maui

    Once again, as citizens we deserve the same health care options as our elected leaders. At the same price.

    • HooverVilles

      ^^^^THIS^^^^THIS^^^^THIS^^^^

  • miss_grundy

    Hmmm, I wonder if his brain clot led to his behavior toward Sen. Kamala Harris. Oh, wait, no–it’s because he is a racist misogynist.

  • bookish

    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/07/17/obamacare-senators-turn-on-mcconnell-240646
    Republican Sens. Mike Lee and Jerry Moran said Monday night they will join two other senators to oppose the Obamacare repeal bill, dooming the GOP initiative in the Senate.

    Republican leaders could only afford to lose two senators on the procedural motion to start debate on the bill. Lee and Moran would join Sens. Susan Collins and Rand Paul in opposition to the version of the bill currently before the Senate.

    But with four senators declared “no” votes – and several more undecided – Senate Republicans wouldn’t have enough votes to even start debate on repealing Obamacare, the campaign promise they have made to voters for seven years.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/17/us/politics/health-care-overhaul-collapses-as-two-republican-senators-defect.html

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/amid-uncertainty-about-mccains-health-senate-returns-with-gop-agenda-in-flux/2017/07/17/6dd31530-6b02-11e7-9c15-177740635e83_story.html

    • mailman27

      Lee, Moran and Paul were ready to vote “no” because the bill wasn’t cruel enough. How is this happening?

  • Hazel Blumberg

    Isn’t it WONDERFUL that we, the taxpayers, pay for the incredibly expensive, all-inclusive health care policies of our august Congresspersons, while they gift us with the crappiest crap they possibly can? So what if we peons lose any health insurance we acquired under Obamacare, right? We’re just, as I’ve repeatedly been told by tr$mpists, lazy people who refuse to work, and we expect to get everything for free. Seems to me that Congresspersons are lazy people who refuse to work (calling my state’s beloved senator, Marco Rubio, who cannot be bothered to show up for work and who stopped having town halls long ago). And yet WE have to pay for THEM. I want them to have the same health care “options” that the rest of us do. I’m sure they all have preexisting conditions, and I think it’s unfair that they get paid treatment for them. I’d also like to see them earn minimum wage and be term limited, but hey, ya can’t have everything. And say “thank you” to us, Senator McCain, for paying for your ultra-expensive surgery. If any of us had to have it, we’d be bankrupt.

    • javadavis

      Hmmm – new plan (proposed)
      Get orgs that sell money (credit card people, banks, other loan orgs) on board to push for affordable health care, if they are not already on board. A bankruptcy for medical bills that are obscenely expensive does not, AFAIK, exempt other bills that have played fair with the creditee. One has to be careful, though, not to give the jackals in those industries any more ideas about shitting in the waterhole in order to get their filthy lucre. Learning the French for Robespierre and guillotine might help, for example, along with tracing the actual jackals in the system.

  • Maybe

    They did surgery on his brain?

    How did they manage to find it?

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