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Senator McConnell’s speech was less than gracious

You can breathe again, folks. Especially if you rely on Medicaid to help you with it. The Republicans’ attempt to gut the Affordable Care Act is finally dead, for real this time, at least until the next time they get a hair up their butts. The Senate voted 51-49 to reject the “Skinny Repeal” of Obamacare, with John McCain joining Maine’s Susan Collins, Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski, and Everwhere’s Democratic senators in voting against the bill. Donald Trump was not pleased:

Given that Trump’s involvement in crafting the legislation consisted of sitting around and saying he was waiting to sign something, anything, that imperative, “Watch!” seems entirely apt, although now the fight to preserve the ACA will mean opposing, loudly, Trump’s far more active efforts to undermine the program from inside, using all sorts of administrative fuckery to push the individual markets toward failure. This fight isn’t over. We’re still going to have to make a lot of noise, people.

Speaking of noise, let’s take a quick look at how the crowd waiting outside the Capitol reacted to the news that the repeal had failed. They were ready to protest, but here they are, getting a hell of a nice surprise:

The bill that was actually voted on was cobbled together at the last minute and brought to the Senate floor only at 10 PM, after which there were two hours of debate on the mess before a vote. Pennsylvania Democrat Bob Casey offered this summary of the Republicans’ years of hard work at repealing and replacing the ACA:

It was a very hollow repeal that would have done enormous damage, eliminating the individual and employer mandates, defunding Planned Parenthood for a year, and otherwise fiddling around the edges of healthcare. It was an abomination of a bill, designed mostly to get enough votes to move the process to a conference committee with the House, and to allow Senate Republicans cover to say they’d voted to repeal Obamacare just like they promised. The most maddening thing about the whole surreal process was that most Republicans agreed it was terrible as legislation, then said they’d go right ahead and vote for it just as long as the House pinky-swore not to pass it. If it had passed, it would have led to 16 million Americans losing healthcare just next year and premium increases of an average of 20 percent in the individual market. (That average masks increases for old people of up to 700 percent.) Repealing the mandate for healthy people to have health insurance would have led to a “death spiral” in the insurance market as mostly people needing healthcare were enrolled, at least until prices went so high they were priced out.

The vote on the bill was supposed to take place at midnight in Washington, but was delayed until 1:30 Friday morning as Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tried to make sure he had 50 votes. Vice President Mike Pence was on hand to pass the triumphant tie-breaker, but his services ended up not being needed. John McCain actually followed through on his nice speech about the need to return to regular order, joining Collins and Murkowsi in voting “no.” During the delay before the vote, everyone on Twitter turned into an amateur body language expert, trying to figure out the significance of Pence talking to McCain, then McCain ambling over to huddle with Murkowski and Collins, and then with — oh, horrors! — Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and a suspicious number of Democrats.

So, we guess John McCain doesn’t have to go fuck himself after all: He did the right thing, finally, although he could have done it Tuesday night. We won’t pretend we’re experts on the Senate’s weirdass rules — maybe this was his plan all along, and a “no” on the actual bill had more finality than a “no” on Tuesday’s motion to proceed? Or maybe he’s just a fickle fucker. And then there’s this line of analysis from the Washington Post, which certainly seems credible enough except for that “maverick” cliché:

Battling an aggressive form of brain cancer, the maverick was willing to vote “no” on the “skinny repeal” amendment so that other GOP colleagues who were also opposed to the measure could vote “yes” to save face with the conservative base. To this day, Trump has never apologized for saying that the former fighter pilot was not a war hero because he got captured in Vietnam. It gets less attention, but the president also besmirched the Arizona senator’s character by repeatedly accusing him of not taking care of other veterans. McCain has never forgotten.

Of course, in his statement on his vote, McCain still lied about the passage of the ACA, insisting “it was rammed through Congress by Democrats on a strict-party line basis without a single Republican vote,” never mind the 161 Republican amendments or the year of hearings. So yeah, John McCain did the right thing finally, good on him. And Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski were out there opposing this trainwreck all along, and somehow their own courage — particularly Murkowski’s, who had to face Trump’s threat to federal funding for her state — was elided by most of the media so McCain could get credit as the “hero.” Sounds like a lot of offices out there, huh?

Anyway, Mitch McConnell gave a big fakey-fake speech about how mean the Dems were for not even helping the least little bit to kill off healthcare for millions, and he glared some at Collins, Murkowski, and McCain, and was pretty much all boo-hoo, poor me, the people we excluded from our murder party didn’t want to do murder, well fine, let’s see what they’re going to do to fix this mess once they’re done celebrating. Also, he said this:

Yes, he thanked Republicans for the “endless time” they put into killing Obamacare. As one smartass on Twitter replied, “They wrote the 8 page bill over lunch yesterday. They spent “endless time” like I spend “endless time” making myself a fancy sandwich.”

Then Chuck Schumer said Democrats weren’t so much elated as relieved, and you know, Dems actually have some ideas for fixing problems with the ACA, which just like Medicare and Medicaid and Social Security is a big program that helps a lot of people, but needs some fixes to live up to its potential. So how about we stop trying to kill it and actually make healthcare work, maybe? It’s a crazy idea, but after eight years of inaction and obstruction, it might be worth a shot.

“Fox and Friends” was not at all happy about this terrible outcome, with insurance working like insurance should, and — egad! — Democrats actually taking selfies when they should all be ashamed of themselves:

Best clueless outrage in that clip: “I laugh, too, that these young people are out there celebrating […] Congratulations, the healthy people are paying for the sick people.” Why, yes. That is the precise idea with health insurance, you idiot. It’s why your car insurance doesn’t really reflect the full cost of replacing a totaled Audi.

So let’s have a moment of relief before we get to work on making sure the bastards don’t try this again. We’ll let Wonkette alum Sara Benincasa give the benediction:

Amen. Now go in peace, and be ready to raise more hell. We’ve got a couple of houses of Congress to work on for 2018.

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  • Oblios_Cap
    • arglebargle

      The House did just pass a defense bill that earmarks 1.9 billion for the wall though. So, winning?

      • Riley Whodat Venable

        Most of that will be stripped in the Senate.

  • MynameisBlarney

    Ah yes….that wonderful aroma of GOP fail.

  • armed_bears

    Trump’s “As I said from the beginning” is the most asshat of dependent clauses, ever.

    • Oblios_Cap

      Why, I’m surprised he didn’t dangle his participle, if you know what I mean.

      • armed_bears

        Grammar snark is the best snark.

        • arglebargle

          Grammar snark is am the best snark.

          • armed_bears

            Proofreading snark = 2nd best.

      • Villago Delenda Est

        That’s Bannon’s area.

      • MynameisBlarney
        • Nockular cavity

          Innuendo in your other end!

      • Msgr_MΩment

        He’d probably step on it.

        • Villago Delenda Est

          Even a greater anatomical challenge than the one Bannon faces…

      • AJ Milne

        S’always kinda hard to work out whether he did or didn’t, if you know what I mean.

  • Latverian Diplomat

    Legislators who are persuadable and can change their minds are a good thing. They can explain why they voted how they did.

    Drama queens that stage dramatic surprise votes to feed their own egos are not. McCain’s explanations for his vote on the motion to proceed vs. this vote make no sense, except for the parts that are completely dishonest.

    I’m much more grateful to the 50 senators who have fought against this thing from the beginning, and whose votes were as equally necessary as McCain’s.

    • armed_bears

      True… but umm… my ‘Tea Party primary’ comments from the earlier thread, inserted here, please.

      Sufficient covering fire saves heroes and coward alike, but it is no less meaningful to those it saves.

  • The Rain in Spain’s Therapist
    • NotReallyHere

      I love this! Did you make it? I can’t stop watching it.

      • The Rain in Spain’s Therapist

        Ha! I wish I did. From another site.

    • Bright Bart

      Hahaha you can see McConnel’s little eyes peeking out from his shell.

    • Nockular cavity

      Holy cats, this is fucking brilliant.

    • data_ninja

      I am enjoying this way more than I should.

  • MynameisBlarney

    Looks like some folks are gettin’ tired of having the terrapin in charge.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/gop-rep-mcconnell-should-step-down-replace-with-somebody-bold

    • Latverian Diplomat

      This just in: Senate Cafeteria adds “Mock Turtle” Soup to the menu.

      • Gayer Than Thou

        Typo: it’s actually Mocked Turtle Soup.

    • Oblios_Cap

      Mo Brooks should worry about his party’s Speaker and leave the Senatoring to the big boys.

      • Villago Delenda Est

        Mo Brooks is an utter waste of skin.

    • Vincent Ricola

      *insert Nelson Muntz haha gif here*

  • Vincent Ricola

    Nice “fuck you who’s a real war hero now asshole” move from Walnutz.

  • Scooby

    Could McCain have had a strategy. I mean he got Trump to call him a hero just yesterday.

  • Villago Delenda Est

    I have to say it again…McCain FINALLY backed up his words with action.

    Senators Murkowski and Collins came through for their constituents, too.

    And huzzah for the Dems being united.

  • Msgr_MΩment

    Mitch is still upset that he can’t autofellate, because turtle.

    • Gayer Than Thou

      Turtles have penises? Let me rephrase – that turtle has a penis? Who knew?

      • Oblios_Cap

        I’m thinking Elaine is getting some on the side from a person that does have a peen..

      • Latverian Diplomat
        • dlemex

          Is there anything not on the internet?

        • Pinkham’s Law

          Proof that “There is more in heaven and earth than is dreamed of in your philosophy.” 0.o

        • Msgr_MΩment

          How about a nice meal and some wine? Sheeesh!!

        • PubOption

          Shake it loose.

  • dlemex

    I wonder if the crowd sizes there last night were larger than the inauguration crowd!?! Too bad it was night… but it sounded larger.

    • Vincent Ricola

      Everyone on the internet is saying the crowd was much larger last night than at Donald Trump’s inauguration. Really smart people. The best people.

      • Toomush_Inferesistance

        I heard at least 16 million!….

    • ViveLaResistance!

      As is often said, it would be irresponsible not to speculate. 😝

  • FauxAntocles

    I’m not getting tired of winning.

  • (((fka_donnie_d)))

    the healthy people are paying for the sick people

    Grown ass man doesn’t understand health insurance. Details at 11.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      Dead people are paying for live people! People who didn’t have accidents are paying for people who did!

    • Oblios_Cap

      Being sick is a moral failure, I guess. It must come from not kissing God’s ass enough.

      • mardam422

        Kissing it too much leads to E. coli infection. So it’s a delicate balance.

        • (((fka_donnie_d)))

          Holy Coli, Batman!

      • Villago Delenda Est

        Don’t laugh. There are twisted people who actually believe this.

    • Gayer Than Thou

      What’ll it be next? People who’ve made more money, in part by using more of the infrastructure, ought to contribute more to the maintenance and expansion of that infrastructure?

      • (((fka_donnie_d)))

        Hush your commie mouth.

        • Oblios_Cap

          Socialismz most foul!

      • Komsumverweigerer Ron

        Commie!

    • armed_bears
    • OrG

      It’s easy to not understand something when your paycheck depends on you not understanding it.

      • (((fka_donnie_d)))

        Upton Sinclair FTW.

    • Opalescent Riddles

      As it should be, because healthy people are always one slip away from being among the sick.

  • Toomush_Inferesistance

    Thanks and Senatorial donations are in order!…

  • Latverian Diplomat

    This just in: Republicans ponder leadership change from current turtle to a more traditional weasel.

    • schmannity

      Skunks, pigs, and hyenas have yet to weigh in.

    • Lefty Wright

      I don’t know how anyone could have done better. He’s screwed over the country for the last 8 years and almost got 51 supposedly intelligent people to vote for what amounts to a pile of dogshit that their constituents hate.

      • Villago Delenda Est

        When your “supposedly intelligent” pool includes guys like Inhofe, well, don’t bet the farm.

      • kareemachan

        YERTLENADO!!!!1!!

  • Gayer Than Thou

    But what does Pickle think about this?

    • Oblios_Cap

      The poor little gherkin is jerking.

    • Bright Bart

      golly I hope a reporter asks huckabee this.

      • Gayer Than Thou

        Calling dibs on Pickle Huckabee as my new drag name.

        • Bright Bart

          fine by me. mine is moochie gherkin.

  • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

    We won the round. But this is a 15-round heavyweight fight. Gotta be like Rocky and go the distance before we celebrate.

  • jaspersdad

    That video (not the fox one) brought a tear to my eye. I’m old and soft now.

  • mardam422

    Still gotta keep them from sabotaging the ACA.

  • TheGrandWazoo2

    You know who else said watch?
    http://www.reactiongifs.com/r/didit.gif

    • NastyBossetti

      ohmygod I love this kid.

      • Joe Beese

        She teaches us a valuable lesson.

        • armed_bears

          It is better to be bouncy.

    • armed_bears

      philippe patek.

    • AJ Milne

      Dubya, regarding a drive?

    • PubOption

      Any number of rednecks, normally prefaced with “Hold my beer”.

  • Cock Blockula

    Honestly, our government is now a very bad reality TV show. One star. Would not watch again.

  • AJ Milne

    … soooo… McCain’s back to doing the _right_ thing again…

    Happy to say I sold him short. Happy to be able to be happy about being wrong, for a change (the change being happy about it, not the being wrong), too…

    … two reflections, on that, tho’:

    1) It’s a bit nutty that it takes the apparently kinda stochastic behaviour of this _one_ guy for this legislative body not to do something so wildly at odds with the wishes of and potentially lethal to its own people. Bit more than a bit broken, that. Gerrymandering to first past the post to one more vote than you got however we got it means we get to do whatever the hell we want and all…

    2) I could probably manage to do the right thing on an average of once every decade or so, too… Should _I_ be in politics?

    … oh, fine, three:

    3) I’ll pour one out for him when the day comes, anyway.

  • WIDTAP

    Why Mo Brooks believes that the Senate will bend to the will of a junior Representative from the House is beyond me..

    • Oblios_Cap

      He’s from Alabama, bless his heart.

      • armed_bears

        “Alabama: ‘Least we ain’t Mississippi!”

  • Bub, the cynical zombie

    Fuck you, Yertl. You worthless, soulless, inhuman, mendacious, malignant piece of fucking shit. You are a disgrace – on every level, in every possible way. Fuck you, fuck you, fuck you, fuck YOU!

    • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

      Nothing like a little public humiliation to add to that fucking, is there?

    • Ricky Gay

      That was a fine rant mooch!

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Bub, please share with us what you REALLY think about Yertle!

      • Bub, the cynical zombie

        I actually loath him more than Donnie, in some ways. They do make a fine pair. A chinless, incompetent, completely unprincipled swine who long ago sold out to the highest bidder and is now nothing but a wholly owned subsidiary of the Koch brothers, and a mentally unstable, weak, narcissistic, cheap-jack little real estate huckster with a chip on his shoulder and a brain like a cow’s udder.

    • Lance Thrustwell

      What, just because he believes an absence of government is more important than people’s lives? Tch. It’s like you think he’s some sort of extremist or something.

  • Dok Zoom on McCain, “Or maybe he’s just a fickle fucker.”

    A Flying Fickle Finger of Fate award would have been appropriate had McCain voted in favor of the bill:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCuLarVFgEs

    • therblig

      you bet your sweet bippy!

      now, back to the retirement home. we’re having green jello today!

      • Veddy interestink.

        • Pinkham’s Law

          But Schtupid

  • armed_bears

    This morning’s zippy performance leads me to again suggest that the Trump administration is just one giant scheme to kill Disqus.

  • Joe Beese

    Without unseemly speculation about the timetable, a reminder that McCain will not be in the Senate forever. It is not unlikely that the Republican who replaces him will be some Trumpist border-hawk monstrosity.

    Maybe McConnell will find it more difficult to bring along the other 49 next time. Maybe not.

    We will never be safe while Republicans control Congress. Never.

    The price of Obamacare is eternal vigilance.

    • calliecallie

      We must take back the house in 2018. Imperative.

    • Covfefe

      If, as McCain says, it is true that the Arizona governor opposed wrecking Medicaid, he might not appoint a Trumpist monstrosity.

  • therblig
    • Michael R

      ” you reach down and you flip the tortoise over on it’s back ”

      why didn’t anyone think of this sooner ?

  • JoeChristmas

    So, no tax cuts this summer? ;.(

    • therblig

      damn, i was looking forward to upsizing my mcdonald’s shake to large.

    • Skwerl the Taco Hunter

      You were hoping for that 45¢ rebate next year?

      • JoeChristmas

        I’m cheap. I still have that $300 Bush/Cheney gave me in ’03.

  • Snark Tank Full of Resistance

    These two songs just came on my iPod…somehow I think it’s apropos.

    https://youtu.be/jTvN9hDZezI
    https://youtu.be/u7APmRkatEU

    • stubbornirishlass

      “This is Not America” has always been one of my favorites. Now when I hear it, it really gives me chills. Great movie as well (The Falcon and the Snowman).

  • Reximus
    • Snark Tank Full of Resistance

      Wonder what these assholes were posting after McCain voted yes on the MTP?

      • therblig

        “He has avenged america against the kenyan’s tyranny!”

    • MynameisBlarney

      Sweet jayzus! They’re so fucking dumb.

    • Everrett Fanuelli

      Your and You’re, Bro! The first poster sounds like he’s talking about Trump

    • blarg

      Their eloquence is breathtaking.

    • Bananas Foster

      The ability to get “your” and “youre” completely ass backwards never fails to amuse.

    • Antonin Dvorak

      Yes, McCain is the one who is mentally ill. That’s the ticket.

    • Oblios_Cap

      “azz”? To fragile to say “ass”?

    • Bub, the cynical zombie

      “I think he’s actually mentally ill.”

      It really is always reflection with these sons of bitches, isn’t it?

    • Vincent Ricola

      UniPartysux seems nice. I’ll bet that user name was born out of an extremely cool reputation among their academic peers.

    • Master Contrail Program

      “It’s good to know he’s out there, UniPartysux. Takin’ it easy for all us sinners.”

      Or, y’know? The opposite of that.
      https://youtu.be/efZQhYu1E5s

    • Christopher Story

      *You’re

    • PubOption

      Tundra is obviously not the Tundra Grifter, that sentence makes sense.

  • Robbertjan Brandenburg
    • Oblios_Cap

      How is inciting violence not a crime?

    • Everrett Fanuelli

      I got dibs on Alex Jones if this fight goes down.

      • Christopher Story

        Care to share? I mean, there’s enough of him to go around.

    • Notreelyhelping

      Time for America to get a restraining order on this guy.

  • Joe Beese
    • calliecallie

      Angel style.

  • kareemachan

    Okay, I’ll be the first (?) to say that I didn’t get what McCancer was doing, but still.

    HE DIDN’T HAVE TO RUB OUR FACES IN IT, DID HE!????

  • Ricky Gay

    My heartfelt thanks to those courageous Republicans who voted for America! Also, McCain.

  • Anna Rompage

    I don’t know about you, but I cannot wait until this cliff hanger is resolved at the beginning of next season, when the GOP tries to tackle tax reform…

    Maybe they’ll actually spend half a day crafting that bill before they put it up for a vote..

    • Wild Cat

      Actually, they should just hire Mexican laborers to do their political work: They’re more honest, smarter, cleaner, and have an actual work ethic.

      • Christopher Story

        I’ve known some Mexican laborers, and I wouldn’t put it past them. They’d have the entire legislative calendar cleared by the end of the month.

      • P’jama Pahnts

        And, and I mean this sincerely with no snark, FAR better family values.

  • Bub, the cynical zombie

    Donnie and Yertl are defeated, angry and publicly humiliated. Sweet!

    https://youtu.be/XFX8S9aAgvw

    • chortlingdingo

      Ah, Beethoven. He never ceases to amaze.

    • Ill-Advised

      Thank you for this!

  • MynameisBlarney
    • Komsumverweigerer Ron

      If Rasmussen is admitting to only 41% approval, imagine how low the REAL numbers are!

  • Latverian Diplomat

    McCain: I’m like the guy who comes in at the end of the movie and saves the day when no one expected it!
    Staffer: You mean like Han Solo in Star Wars?
    McCain Hand what? Is this about that Reagan laser thing?
    Staffer: No sir, Star Wars is a movie…everyone…the “kids” really love it.
    McCain: Kids. Don’t tell me about kids….do you know how hard it is to keep them off your lawn when you don’t even remember how many houses you have?
    Staffer: I can only imagine, sir.

    • McCain: We did a lot of Hand Solo out on those Aircraft Carriers too! I used to beat it so often in the shower, I’d get a boner everytime it rained.

      Let a Blackshoe try to match one of us for Jacking it!

      Staffer: Sir, please stop.

  • Covfefe

    I thought last night that our turtle momentarily cried during his stirring speech.

    • OutOfOrbit

      yeah he doz that a lot, he’z like that yeah he iz

  • “I prefer military POW heroes who lick my stained, pimply taint when I tell ’em to.”
    THE PRESIDENT

    • dlemex

      Thanks for that image, no bunk time for me today.

    • MynameisBlarney

      Aaaaaaand there goes my ape tit! THANKS!

    • Fancy Meau-Faux

      Ewwwww!

  • Old-age Mutant Crybaby Turtle – Villain in the Senate, Turtle Glower!

  • Scooby

    Trump is already saying he is going to sabotage it until it fails.

    • OutOfOrbit

      been sayin that all along

      • Scooby

        Yea, he reiterated in a tweet today.

    • MynameisBlarney

      That syphilitic fucktard says a lot a stupid shit.

      • Bub, the cynical zombie

        EVERYTHING he says is stupid shit. Assholes don’t suddenly, miraculously begin dispensing delicious soft serve ice cream.

    • Anna Rompage

      Now is the time every dems needs to get up on their fucking soap box, propose fixes to the ACA, and not let the GOP get away with shit!

      Yell it, day in and day out. Beat those fuckers down with a strong message on how the GOP is fucking over everyone in this country!

    • therblig

      so he’s using his marital strategy?

      • Scooby

        Well, he’s still trying to fuck us and we say no.

    • Celtic_Gnome

      That would imply that Trump has enough of a working knowledge of how both the ACA and government work to pull that off. I haven’t seen any evidence of that.

      The only government employees who really seem to understand how everything works are the Obama holdovers.

  • Everrett Fanuelli
    • (((Aron)))

      Bonk

    • Baconzgood

      Only Walnuts had a soda can in the towel

  • Blanche Beecham

    Whew.

  • Anna Rompage

    (Mitch) John, I got the senate cafeteria to agree to serve green jello every day of the week, instead of just Wednesday, but you’ve got to give us a yes vote…

    (Murkowski & Collins) John, come on man, do the right thing. If you vote no, we will personally bring you homemade green jello, with those cute little mandarin oranges and and crush pineapple every day of the week… And on Fridays, we’ll make a red jello parfait with a layer of red jello, on top a layer of sweetened cream cheese, all placed on a bed of crushed pretzels…

    • (((Aron)))

      You had me at jello.

      You lost me at cream cheese :(

    • Bananas Foster

      McCain’s not from the Midwest. Leave the dairy out of the jello.

    • Doug Langley

      So giving him diabetes in addition to brain cancer is the answer?

      • MrTusks

        If I get diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, you can bet your ass I’m never eating anything nutritious ever again.

        • Doug Langley

          Good point.

  • Christopher Story
  • Bobo the Dork Boy

    Nah, Walnutz still needs to go fuck himself.

  • I have *not* re-gained any respect for McCain, beyond that he’s earned as a Naval Aviator and POW, but I am grateful he chose to get some Payback against Donnie Two-Scoops in this public fashion.

    That is a gesture I’d be tempted to do myself.

    However, a Leader would make a principled stand, a clear statement, and not let millions suffer anxiety and fear waiting.

    • (((fka_donnie_d)))

      I’ve been saying since the beginning, that this is about reminding the putrid plebes that they owe their very lives to the 1% – not any actual policy.

    • DrBigHead

      All of them have a bit of the narcissist in them. I think he likes the attention.

      • Yes indeed. Don’t mistake my gratitude for admiration. I honestly believed McCain would vote yes, and I’d wake up to a healthcare disaster.

        • Bec Jenn

          I’ve been avoiding the news for the last week in protection of my psyche. I couldn’t face the prospect of repeal as there is too much at stake for myself and my family.

    • Vincent Ricola

      Personally, I think he took the fall for all those GOP fuckers. None of them wanted to deal with pissed off governors and furious sick people and McCain got them out of it by being a safe no. No one is going to come after an old man with brain cancer that isn’t going to be around for much longer. Win win.

      • I think you are right about this.

      • Beanz&Berryz

        There is that mean nasty girl who wanes to primary him, who cares so much about his failing health.

      • Sister Suffragette

        I think that’s exactly right.

      • greyXstar

        Honestly, I don’t care what his motivation was. Rubio voted to make me and my family uninsurable. I’m not going to forget that just because this bill failed.

        • Vincent Ricola

          Good for you. I hope that’s the attitude that most have right now.

      • stubbornirishlass

        I don’t know. McConnell in particular comes out like a big stinking loser here. He can’t be happy with McCain’s defection. And if they really wanted this to ultimately fail, I can’t see the advantage in them having tried so hard to jam something through, as fast as possible, that was so blatantly awful. From a political standpoint, it would have been better for them to take their time and appear to be more deliberative and serious about what they were doing. Instead they tried to pull all this closed-door cloak-and-dagger crap, which looks even worse when they can’t pull it off.

        EDIT: Furthermore, I have to believe the only reason they are still supporting the squatter in the Oval Office is because they want to push through their agenda of ripping apart every social safety net we have. Without that, they have much less motivation to keep protecting his position. So I find it hard to buy the idea that they didn’t actually want to succeed here.

    • Debbie the Unpaid Protester

      Exactly. I have been almost sick to my stomach with abject terror this whole week. Not able to focus, doing EFT Tapping to manage the anxiety, exercising like a fiend in the hopes I’ll fall right asleep (doesn’t work, i just stare into the darkness, and continue to worry).
      Goddam them for putting an entire nation through this fear.

      the irony, to me, is that if they would just make a few tweaks to ACA to make it better, they would be fucking heroes, but they choose to be fucking villains.

      • ~hugs~ I hear you. If they pull my Medicaid again, I can’t afford to even eat.

        • Debbie the Unpaid Protester

          hugs right back at ya! I can’t even imagine what you must have gone through this week.

          i worry so much about my daughters (21 and 24 years old, just starting their adult lives), about my parents (early 80s) about my in-laws (late 80s).

          My parents and parents in-law are all good people, they have worked damn hard and HONESTLY their entire lives, and to put them through this shit at the end of their lives, when they are so physically and emotionally vulnerable, is unconscionable.

          • Thank you. It’s been a hard week. I haven’t left the apartment for 3 days, my temper is so hair-trigger atm I’m afraid I’ll start a war.

            “Unconscionable” is a great way to describe the GOP’s behaviour, I’ll add “obscene”.

          • Bec Jenn

            I’m going with “Altogether evil” as said in Gandalf’s (Ian McKellan) voice.

          • I like that. :)

      • Me not sure

        Tweaks.
        1.) Restore the insurance risk corridor money.
        2.) Put incentives in to entice more insurers to the federal exchange and seed money for states that want to start their own exchanges.
        3.) Reword the sections dealing with Medicaid expansion so as to sidestep the SCOTUS decision
        4.) Include a public option to keep the insurance companies honest.
        DONE!

        • Debbie the Unpaid Protester

          Yes, yes, yes, and yes!
          oh, and
          5.) set price limits on drugs or at least allow the Gov’t to negotiate better prices.
          Just looking at your list makes most of the rest of my anxiety from this week fall away. It’s good to imagine a working ACA that covers everyone, so nobody needs to lose sleep over the financial part of medical decisions. something to work for!

          • Me not sure

            6.) Make the penalties for those who can afford insurance and don’t buy it much stiffer.

      • Biel_ze_Bubba

        It was all about the tax cuts – making Obamacare better was never even on the table.

      • Ill-Advised

        Just keep tapping, just keep tapping. Depending on where you live, and how you feel about it, some cannabis might help for the really bad episodes.

        (Hug.)

        • Debbie the Unpaid Protester

          thank you for the hug (I need all I can get)!

          tapping has been rather amazing– I used it for a migraine a couple of weeks ago (when the pain was so bad I wondered if i should go to the emergency room, but did’t know how I’d drive myself there)– I had the bright idea to find a Youtube EFT-for-headache video, and wonder of wonders, it worked.
          I didn’t believe it would help with anxiety, but, again, wonder of wonders, I could peel myself off the ceiling after doing it for 10 minutes.

          Cannabis is still illegal here (MN), and it always made me paranoid and horny, both of which my late husband would help me through– but which I don’t want to deal with by myself. Maybe when it’s legal, I’ll find a strain without those effects!

          • Ill-Advised

            I hear that the paranoia is helped immensely when users don’t need to hide or fear their neighbors, bosses, and colleagues.

            I remain cautious, as many employers will fire people, even in my liberal-hippy-commie town.

            FWIW, Blue Dream had been recommended to me as good for beginners, and also for anxiety, depression, OCD, and a half-dozen other things I have. My trial toke was very successful. I’m hoping to get my doctors OK for a medical card, because the relief for not having to manage my brain for a few hours gave me real peace.

            Hug again {}.

          • Debbie the Unpaid Protester

            I will try to remember Blue Dream the next time I visit Oregon :)
            hugs to you, too. fingers crossed for a medical card for you, and some more blessed peace.

    • Me not sure

      The Republicans can put in “endless time” fucking over each other from now until doomsday, for all I care. It’s the only good thing that they do really well.

  • Bub, the cynical zombie
  • Scooby

    Just great! Now I’m going to have to move to Rawanda if I want the freedom to be denied health insurance.

  • fawkedifiknow

    I miss me some Sara Benincasa doing Sarah Palin, real air headed and stupid like Sarah with an H is.

  • Indiepalin

    The GOP could have stricken all the language related to Planned Parenthood and the bill would have passed. But no

  • Arthur Gane

    Seven years and this is the best replacement they can come up with????????

  • Riley Whodat Venable

    I love when Representative Government works. Now, on to killing tax “reform.”

  • Vincent Ricola
  • Joe Beese

    “In the 25 years that I served in the United States Congress, Republicans never, ever one time agreed on what a health care proposal should look like,” Boehner said at the time. “Not once. All this happy talk that went on in November and December and January about repeal, repeal, repeal — yeah we’ll do replace, replace — I started laughing because if you pass repeal without replace, first, anything that happens is your fault. You broke it.”

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/28/politics/republicans-health-care/index.html

    • John Thorstensen

      Doggone it, he actually looks pretty good in retrospect. I thought I’d never.

      • bupkus231

        No. No, he doesn’t. One can never erase the bullshit partisanship he engaged in during his tenure in Congress ( both before becoming Speaker and after ). Remember, this is the guy who was walking around the House floor handing out checks from tobacco lobbyists during a vote to abolish $49M in annual government subsidies to tobacco companies.

        Link: https://bulletin.represent.us/boehner-tobacco-lobby-checks/

        Just because he’s chuckling about someone else’s turn in the shitstorm will never excuse his role in creating/perpetuating it.

    • Bub, the cynical zombie

      Boehner is kicking back with a cold one after mowing his lawn right now, thinking: “Fuck, I’m glad I’m out of there.”

    • UnsaltedSinner
  • BloviateMe

    So, to sum up for Fox: America died because Americans won’t.

    Sure, why not.

  • TheGrandWazoo2
  • Reximus
  • The definition of butthurt:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNl1ClYfSq0

    • Ill-Advised

      Mitch’s remarks on what he tried to accomplish all make more sense when I add the words “for the Mercers and the Kochs.”

      Schumer’s speech brought down my blood pressure.

  • (((fka_donnie_d)))

    the president and vice president could not have been more involved

    Yes Yertle, yes they could have.

  • Covfefe

    Oooops! Let’s not forget. Now that the repeal and replace has been skinned, Donald is going to “you’re fired” Price.

    • (((Aron)))

      And there will be much rejoicing.

    • UnsaltedSinner

      Or at least he may say nasty things about Price in the hope that he will resign.

  • UnsaltedSinner

    Battling an aggressive form of brain cancer, the maverick was willing to vote “no” on the “skinny repeal” amendment so that other GOP colleagues who were also opposed to the measure could vote “yes” to save face with the conservative base. To this day, Trump has never apologized for saying that the former fighter pilot was not a war hero because he got captured in Vietnam. It gets less attention, but the president also besmirched the Arizona senator’s character by repeatedly accusing him of not taking care of other veterans. McCain has never forgotten.

    They don’t seem to realise it, but by strongly hinting that McCain voted no to this disastrous bill just to get his revenge on Trump, they are actually saying he’s a massive asshole who cares less about his voters than his bruised ego. But in their eyes, that still makes him a “maverick”, apparently. If reporters were the only ones who had the right to vote in US elections, John McCain would presumably be in the fifth term of his presidency now.

    I still say fuck him.

  • jesuswasablack

    Hey GOP voters this is what happens when you vote for fucking imbeciles who are even dumber than you are! Go fuck yourselves!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    http://d2pggiv3o55wnc.cloudfront.net/oann/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/this1.jpg

  • Jeffocaster in the West

    One of the important things for me is that defunding of Planned Parenthood, the true heroes in the PREVENTION of abortion has been spared for now.

  • Baconzgood

    Three branches of government and they still can’t get the legislation passed that they swore they would pass on the first day when they took over said branches.

    I’m beginning to think obstruction is the only way the GOP knows how to govern.

    • UnsaltedSinner

      Small government conservatism!

      • bupkus231

        Small conservative governmentism…

        I dunno, it just seemed right when I typed it.

    • Beanz&Berryz

      They do not know how to govern.

    • Lance Thrustwell

      There is a basic problem in governing when you think that government itself is the problem.

      • Ill-Advised

        What’s that phrase about not understanding things when your pay depends upon not understanding? It seems to be upside down… unless Republicans are trying to work themselves out of jobs that they think shouldn’t exist, but keep running for.

        It’s almost as if they think working for government is a scam.

        Nah.That couldn’t possibly be it…

    • Christopher Story

      GOP to America – “Anything they can do we can do better!”
      America – “Ok, fine, here you go. Prove it.”
      GOP to America – “Oh shit, we were just joking.”

  • SOMEBODY THROW McCONNELL A SHOE TO DISTRACT HIM…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHuI6SBkSso

  • QUICK!

    SOMEBODY THROW McCONNELL A SHOE TO DISTRACT HIM…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHuI6SBkSso

    • proudgrampa

      Misty! We get it!

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        • Debbie the Unpaid Protester

          :)

  • (((fka_donnie_d)))

    Let’s cut the shit. These people claim that the only way to restore healthcare access to some small fraction of people who lost access under Ocare, in one way or another, is to take healthcare from the huge number who gained access. It’s the standard, dumbass zero-sum republican bullshit that they’ve been spouting for decades about everything and anything. Gains for blacks are losses for whites. Gains for gays are losses for straights. Gains for workers are losses for business-owners. It’s absurd on its face, and it’s time to call the bullshit the minute we see it.

    • Lance Thrustwell

      They’ll cut the shit! Then they’ll shuffle the shit, stack the shit, and deal the shit out again.

    • Christopher Story

      Throwing the baby out with the bathwater

      • (((fka_donnie_d)))

        That’s the least of it.

  • Mavenmaven

    Trump and Turtle won’t rest until Obama’s name is removed from all legislation, they don’t care who dies in the process or if they destroy the country.

    • True. All this congressional rat-fucking and gridlock has always been McConnell. drumpf is just the latest vessel (ew) McConnell uses to this end.

  • Baconzgood

    I think I’m going to surround myself with intelligence beyond the GOP. I’m going to the zoo and look at monkeys.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    Has this already been posted? Well, I don’t care:

    https://twitter.com/MarkHarrisNYC/status/890812228063985664

    • Debbie the Unpaid Protester

      That is HILARIOUS, and needs to be posted everywhere!

      • Tinacnelson

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        On tuesday I got a great new Land Rover Range Rover from having earned $8752 this last four weeks.. Its the most-financialy rewarding I’ve had.. It sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it
        !aw331d:
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  • Maybe McCain’s vote was a final “fuck you!” to drumpf for that stupid “I like people who weren’t captured” remark. Personally, I don’t care. Even if it was for the wrong reason, we dodged a bullet for a little while.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    I laugh, too, that these young people are out there celebrating […] Congratulations, the healthy people are paying for the sick people

    Yes, what’s wrong with those brats? How could they celebrate the fact that their parents and grandparents won’t have to declare bankruptcy if they have a medical emergency? STUPID KIDS!!!!!

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a65ff6fb22465fe4de3383495bc8a0bb530469ed043d9ec7c569662abbefc60e.jpg

    • Debbie the Unpaid Protester

      Stupid kids, celebrating the fact that if they get into a car accident or get sick or preggers, they won’t lose everything.
      stupid kids, celebrating what it’s like to be part of a humane society.

    • I mean, this is bizarre. I’ve been paying for health insurance since I got my first salaried position at 23. I didn’t think of it as some onerous burden that I’d never see any benefit from.

  • Dok, that’s a great gif at the top!

  • BigCSouthside

    They better lock Donny dumbfuck up in a closet because N Korea appears to be baiting him into an air strike

  • Claire

    I know what this tweet actually means, but I prefer to think of it as “Pence is lying on the floor of his office and won’t get up. We tried luring him out with Little Debbies but he just turned his face to the wall. We don’t know what to do.”

    https://twitter.com/MEPFuller/status/890803795600343041

    • Debbie the Unpaid Protester

      Little Debbie libels!
      although, in this case I would be happy to part of your scenario!

    • aureolaborealis

      I picture him as more of a Moon Pie kind of guy.

    • GHERKINS OF RESTIVENESS!

      He can’t eat “Little Debbies” on his own, unless Mother is there with him.

      • Claire

        That’s a good point. Maybe he needs Ho Hos instead. Or glazed honey buns.

  • Crystalclear12

    I want to see the body before I believe it’s dead.
    We should just start calling it the Jason legislation.

  • Added bonus to this: the rich 1% ratfuckers didn’t get their tax cut.

    • bupkus231

      And without that, the GOP probably won’t be able to pass their separate “tax reform” plans ( which, of course, consisted of “MORE tax cuts for the rich” ) if and when they figure THAT out.

      That’s what all the tax cuts in the AHCA and BCRA were all about ( even more so than pandering to the rich ) – lowering the revenue baseline so that they could ALSO use “reconciliation rules” to pass even more tax cuts.

  • Everrett Fanuelli
  • canes_pugnaces

    Can we — all of us — give some credit to the GOP women, you the ones who really brought about an end to this sorry-assed fetid corpse of GOP malignancy?

    • Courser_Resistance

      They’ve been real heros throughout this clusterfuck. However, I use the small ‘h’ cuz they don’t mind selling us down the river on other stuff.

      • canes_pugnaces

        Agreed, but I’m willing to give credit, and thanks, when due.

        • sgt. jmk of the résistance

          I’ll give ’em tons of credit, but I’ll still scold Susan Collins for ignoring that the Republicans REFUSED to vote for the ACA when she claims that the Dems rammed the ACA through without a single Republican vote.

    • cmd resistor

      Yes, to paraphrase the *president: “I like heroes who don’t have penises.”

    • Unmutual Tetsu Kaba

      I think credit is like treats when training a dog.

    • nightmoth

      I went ahead and called Collins and Murkowski and left a “thank you” message, and told them they were “bold and honorable.” Good behavior from a GOPer needs to be rewarded with praise to encourage repetition.

  • Opalescent Riddles

    So I’ll come clean: I’m against the ACA’s individual mandate and employer mandate.

    As to the latter, I hate that my employer’s HR director can get a bonus for holding company costs of our health plan down by negotiating for shitty deductables, co-pays, etc. And I hate that I feel tied to my job because of family pre-existing conditions that may not be covered by private insurance offered at another place.

    As to the former, I don’t like that one can opt out by just paying a fine. We’re all in this even if we don’t always think so.

    Implement single payer or medicaid for all or something like it, like every other modern nation, and we don’t need no steenkeeng mandates.

    • canes_pugnaces

      It’s so easy. And the economic drivers would be enormous. Sadly, Americans are morons. So, very sorry. You’ll have to keep your shitty job. And I’ll have to pay too much for too little, but it’s more than I had before.

      • Les Appentis De la résistance

        My shitty job isn’t aware I spend most of the day reading Wonkette.

        • canes_pugnaces

          Fuck ’em.

        • Opalescent Riddles

          I consider Wonkette to be my mental health plan.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      You get no choice of plans? That doesn’t seem quite right… I always had a menu of options when I was salaried. Had to pay for extra bells and whistles, but at least it was my choice.

      • sgt. jmk of the résistance

        My job doesn’t offer a choice of plans. We get one crappy plan that has minimal coverage (no kidding – the offspring is covered here in NY, but any health care he gets when he’s visiting his father in Phoenix is not covered), and that’s it.

        But that’s not the ACA’s fault. That’s my company’s fault.

    • nightmoth

      I think that’s what happened with my cousin who works in a Japanese-owned factory and was “forced” to get a very expensive Obamacare plan and subsequently voted for Trump. She’s sweet but not too bright. Just like an awful lot of Trumpanzees.

      • MrTusks

        When the ACA was born my uncle asked me if he could “sue Obamacare.” He said his shitty hourly job cut him down to 38 hours to avoid the mandate and he was pissed. I told him his problem was his employer blatantly skirting the law. He didn’t ask me about that again.

    • bupkus231

      You know – you can be for single-payer or “medicaid for all” – but your ideas about the mandates are ill-informed. I was going to explain all that your post gets wrong about both the employer mandate and the idea of the individual mandate penalties – but if you haven’t cared enough to get correct information by now, I decided it woild be a waste of time.

      • Opalescent Riddles

        It might help inform many others than just me, though, so have at it.

        My main point, which may not have come through, is that I think single payer is preferable to these mandates. If we can’t have single payer, then we’re stuck with them. I’m OK with that as an interim solution.

        My understanding is that the mandates are needed to maximize the size of the pools, with the goal being to keep premiums manageable. I’ll do some reading later to see if my impression is wrong, but the smaller details matter less to me as long as they are effective towards that goal.

        • bupkus231

          Okay – I’n sorry that I came across as exasperated to you. I did say that I wasn’t challenging your view about single-payer or “Medicare for all” ( just the reasons against the mandates that you expressed ) – I share those views that they would be better solutions than the halfway measures of Obamacare. It was designed to avoid the disruptions to our economy that going to single-payer in one fell swoop would ( and not just to try and get past Republican and Blue Dog opposition ). I’ve always seen it as “incremental”, which I guess puts me alongside some “conservatives”, The difference is I want to get to that “soshulized medicine” rather than seeing it as an unmitigated eeeevul.

          I do not see Obamacare as an ending point in healthcare reform, but just a waystation – which is why I want to see more Democrats ( or, yeah, independents ) proposing paths to get there from Obamacare…

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      That’s all well and good, but back here in the real world we’re dealing with an entire half of the country that has been brainwashed into believing that the ACA, a free market based, GOP conceived plan, is socialism and the debbil. How exactly do you intend on getting to some sort of single payer in a country where half the people think it will bring on armageddon? And do you think we should just do nothing in the meantime?

      • Opalescent Riddles

        I don’t know exactly how to get single payer yet, and so I think in the meantime the ACA is our best bet, and we should keep working on improving it. And for the ACA to be effective at holding down premiums, the mandates need to remain for now.

        I live in the real world, too, where it is often not wise to let “perfect” be the enemy of “getting better”.

        • Zippy W Pinhead

          agreed

    • Cornelius Fussbudget

      The ACA *is* actually progress towards single payer. Once the exchanges are really working properly, we can start to encourage people onto them instead of their employee plans. Honestly I thought more would have already flipped since the penalty is less than half the average`employer contribution. I guess reducing benefits and paying a penalty isn’t a good look, and the exchanges are too new to feel like a safe choice. But anyway there are plenty of ways lawmakers could work on getting employers out of the picture.

      There is bipartisan agreement that the individual mandate didn’t work out as intended. Probably, the fine is too small. We should just give them default insurance and charge them appropriately.

      Anyway, once everyone is on the exchanges and they’re operating smoothly, we put Medicaid or some other government run option on the list (the “public option”). Then since it will give better care for lower costs, everyone will switch to it. The health insurance companies can go gradually out of business, so that we don’t cause a sudden lurch in 1/6th of the economy.

      • Opalescent Riddles

        Yes. Things this big often need to be phased in.

        • Cornelius Fussbudget

          I really think the ACA is phase 1 of an actual secret scheme to get us to single payer. You can question Obama for not laying the whole plan out in public, but would we have gotten the ACA at all if he said it out loud? So there’s the need for political incrementalism in addition to economic. I guess I’ll have to wait for his memoirs to find out if I’m right.

  • Relativicus

    “Even in defeat, let no man say that Mitch McConnell will not continue to shamelessly lie!”

    -Sen. Mitch McConnell

  • greyXstar

    Wait – Planned Parenthood would’ve been defunded just for a year? So they would’ve caused a ton of chaos for a ton of people, just so they could go home and lie to the rubes about how the “evil baby killers” are gone? Just for votes??

    Supremely evil vultures.

    • cmd resistor

      Vultures actually serve a useful purpose, unlike these jerkheads.

    • PersianOregano

      Vultures do not kill, they just clean up and prevent the spread of disease and death. Plus they are adorable.

      • greyXstar

        Touché

  • Biel_ze_Bubba
    • BigCSouthside

      Dude got fuckin played. I love it. Savviest businessman and world class negotiator my ass.

  • TJ Barke

    Die in a fucking fire, Donnie. Of votes.

  • Gee, Your Hair Smells Horrific

    “How is it fair that healthy people pay for sick people?”
    I don’t know. I guess in the same way that:
    People who don’t drive pay for roads;
    Pacifists pay for an armed forces;
    Childless couples pay to educate others’ children;
    People without a tv, phone or radio pay for the FCC;
    and on and on.
    Maybe if they just made it a tax these idiots would STFU.

    • TJ Barke

      They’d super not shut up, they’d get louder…

    • DainBramage

      Even more than that, a healthy person can become sick at any time.

  • JD Mulvey

    My working theory is that Congress “turns the page” on ACA repeal and begins work on “tax reform,” which at some point will magically include the same piece of crap Medicaid block grants to the states –ie, a clever way to quietly ratchet down the funding and kill more poors.

    Watch our three heroic Republicans support it.

    • VirginiaWackelpudding

      No one will ever know how it happened and the results will be as awful. Keep watch yea guardians.

  • Lesser Tiffany

    He doesn’t math good. If each pair of senators represents their states then that means only 48% of states wanted this.

    Which jives with Gallup polls about ACA approval.

    So fuck Trump. Fuck McConnell. Thank you nice ladies from Maine and Alaska and nice drama McCain

    • Bitter Scribe

      Exactly. McCain is getting all the tongue baths, but it’s Murkowski and Collins who have taken (and will take) almost all the heat.

  • DainBramage
    • The Wanderer

      No. No one can be Alan Rickman.

  • Les Appentis De la résistance

    7 years and 8 pages. Double spaced, with super sized font, and very wide margins. The GOP bill is starting with a D at best.

  • gullywompr

    As has been said many a time, there’s a big difference between mostly dead and all dead. And before you’re all dead, there is still time to do the right thing.

    • BeachBum

      Oooh, so there’s still time to kill the bad guy, save the world, and rescue the Princess ! Can I be the new Dread Pirate Roberts ?

  • Starscreamsicle

    I honestly think McCain put himself front and center to ensure the ire of the president and conservative media would be focused on him and not Collins & Murkowski. He doesn’t have to worry about being primaried from the right by some Bircher lunatic and he won’t face the blatantly sexist bullshit the other two would.

    • Augustus

      I think you might be right.

  • Raan

    Here’s the letter I just sent Rubio.

    “Rough week, huh, Senator?

    Firs, you prove your gutlessness by voting to let these garbage bills come to the floor, then you continue to show that you’re not really interested in the will of the people by voting for each and every one.

    Thank God there are still members of your party that have morals.

    Five years, three months, and twelve days.”

    Now to send heartfelt congratulations to Nelson, my other senator, and ask him to thank Collins and Murkowski.

    • cmd resistor

      The only thing positive I can say about Rubio this week is that when I called, his voice mail box was not full, so at least I could leave messages for him to ignore.

  • Slamtundra

    So now Shithead is going to do whatever he can to sabotage the ACA, like not enforce the individual mandate and to not make the subsidizing payments to the insurance companies to shore up the markets. The Democrats need to start a national ad blitz that points all that shit out, and that says we know there are problems with the ACA but that we want to work on fixing those problems to make it better. They need to make sure everybody knows that the Republicans are still doing everything they can to take healthcare away from us. Goddamn, it shouldn’t be that hard to hammer the living shit out of the Republicans on that. But it needs to be everywhere, all the time.

    • Aileen

      The only good thing about pulling the subsidies is that it will have an immediate, negative effect. People will lose their coverage and markets will collapse. The House and Senate plans delayed the worst of it until after the mid-terms. I’ve lost faith in the electorate – I can easily see many voters thinking that if the Republican’s repeal didn’t immediately cause them to lose their health insurance, it meant that only other people were going to get screwed. As we’ve learned, Republican voters are all too happy to screw over their fellow Americans as long as it doesn’t affect them. Leopards, other people’s faces, etc.

      • Opalescent Riddles

        Pulling the subsidies would have an immediate, negative effect, with an identifiable cause (hopefully).

  • Les Appentis De la résistance

    Who knew health care was so complicated? Obama made it look so easy.

    • BeachBum

      Bannerz made prezidentin’ look easy.

      • Cat Cafe for the Prosecution

        You know, I just realized it’s all part of the same racism, “If a ni[clang] can do it, anyone can.” Like it couldn’t possibly be that Obama was brilliant, thoughtful, extraordinary, talented, and highly educated.

      • mailman27

        Likewise Emmitt Smith (and I hate the f*ckin Cowboys.)

  • Congratulations, the healthy people are paying for the sick people.

    Hey, yeah. Why the hell am I paying for life insurance when only dead people get to benefit from it? I live a good lifestyle and haven’t ever died. The system is broken!

    • Ill-Advised

      Worse than that! People with the gall to survive you get the money. How is that even fair? The GOP is making sure that you won’t live long enough for those people to need it…

    • Cat Cafe for the Prosecution

      I know! And why do I have to pay for bridges I don’t even use? They should all just fail, I don’t care!

    • Vorhees

      bridges and highways too! Hell everyone that really matters has a private jet.

      • My town is crawling with streets I never use. Why do I have to pay for those, just so they can use them?

      • Ω cynmac will never surrender

        Schools! I don’t have a kid!
        Although my town does exempt you from school taxes once you are over 65. Our tax base is large and stable enough to help the oldz stay in their homes.

    • The Militant Homosexual Agenda

      Why do I have to pay for you to flush one of your turds into the sewer?

      • Mehmeisterjr

        Also, why should I have to pay for a Fire Department that may never stop my house from burning down next to somebody else’s burning home?

        Also, too, why should I pay to read Ayn Rand fantasy novels when I get them in the public liberry?

  • OneWhiteWhisker

    “I wanna build a big wall!” “No.”
    “I wanna get rid of all the brown people!” “No.”
    ” I wanna fire this guy who’s investigating me!” “No.”
    “I wanna kick all the transgender people out of the military!” “No.”
    “I wanna take away everybody’s health care!” “No.”

    Yup, tons of winning. He must be so proud.

    • Cat Cafe for the Prosecution

      Unless it’s Putin: “I wanna create total chaos and weaken your country” “Sure!”

  • VirginiaWackelpudding

    Just as in the home with a broken toilet. The men stand around pointing at it and wondering. The women fix it. The men crow about all their hard work. Families.
    Thanks to all 3 of you heros.

  • Richard Jokes

    My contact from Indivisible Chicago emailed me this gem.

    https://twitter.com/IndivChicagoNW/status/890953652051079168

    Edit: That’s me way up top!

    • andyshelt

      And the message the GOP should take from this is that when something is so bad that you’ve managed to make Canadians angry you really should realize how badly you’ve fucked up.

      • Richard Jokes

        Honestly way more of us are angry. We’re the two Bad Canadians impolite enough to get involved. ;)

        • redarmyzombie

          Did you at least say “Sorry” when you did?

    • Aileen

      You’re up in northern Manitoba? We’re practically neighbors, eh! I grew up a little north of La Ronge, SK. Also, feel free to involve yourself in our political shit show as much as you want. It feels good to righteously yell about things every once in a while.

      • Richard Jokes

        Feels even better to actually pitch in somehow. I’m so grateful to Indivisible for creating a means to do so.

    • Zyxomma

      <3

  • ZyxSync Black
  • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

    Talked to my wife this morning about this. She rightfully handles all the finances. Anyway, I was under the impression that we still had to pay the penalty. We do not. Apparently, she did some economic sorcery and had my disability income not accounted on the state level. That meant we won’t have to pay any mandate at all. See? Even as flawed as the ACA may be, there are workarounds even when dealing with deeply red states.

    Commence au festivale!

    See? We still supported the ACA even when we were forced by republicans to pay a mandate for something we couldn’t use. Why? We’re human fucking beings, that’s why. Same reason we give whatever change we have from grocery shopping to the little homeless guy on the bike. Same reason we forgo Christmas gifts and instead donate to the local soup kitchen. People shouldn’t be hurting if it can be helped. So, fuck those 48 senators. God will get them for this.

    • lunar62

      My son lost his job in Sept. and waited until the last possible day in 2016 to enroll in the ACA in 2017. He had to pay a penalty for not having insurance in 2016 but it was his own fault for going three months without it – if he’d signed up earlier there would’ve been no penalty (it wasn’t much but he hated paying it). I explained to him that the system was designed to work by everyone paying into it – even if they end up not needing it. Well this year he’s going to need it big time – unexpected health problems are going to result in at least $30,000 in medical bills. He pays $90 a month for premiums with a $2000 out of pocket – so he’s now one of those who is benefiting. He’d never be able to pay those bills without the ACA.

      • insolenttomato

        I’m sorry to hear about your son’s health problems but am glad that he seems to be getting the care he needs.

        • lunar62

          Thanks. I should add that the reason his premiums and deductible are so low is that they were based on his estimated income of $20,000 for the year. He’s been getting by on temp. jobs and unemployment until it ran out. I know the ACA is flawed and costs too much for many people, but it’s better than no insurance at all and does save lives.

    • BeachBum

      Good for you guys !

      • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

        Well, we’d have paid it regardless, it’s the right thing to do, but it’s nice to know we’re covered.

    • The Militant Homosexual Agenda

      Jack, if you’re on disability, SSDI, wouldn’t you be on Medicare? And if SSI, Medicaid?

      • Pre-Existing Condition Jack

        I’m on medicare but not SSI. My wife is on neither. No idea why she can ‘t be on my insurance, but it is what it is.

  • Zippy W Pinhead
  • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

    Tiny Fingers Two Scoops is having another rally in West Virginia to refill his narcissistic supply after this shit show.

    If it seems like he’s an emotional vampire, it’s because he is.

    • Saxo the Grammarian

      He’s rolling coal?

    • Unmutual Tetsu Kaba

      All narcissists are emotional vampires.

    • cmd resistor

      Is that before he goes to NY to take care of the MS-13?

      • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

        after

  • Saxo the Grammarian

    Now that the deed is done, I have to believe that McCain’s intention was to allow the motion to proceed so that the three (or is it four?) bills could be rightfully and righteously shit-canned. Nice strategery, Maverick!

    Also too, here’s a friendly message to GOP: you’ve had 7 years to come up with something better than the Affordable Care Act, and you failed. If you work with Democrats to craft health care legislation that’s better than the ACA in lowering premiums, protecting more people and covering all essential services, I will support it. Peace out.

    • eka

      as long as they’re saddled with the freedom caucus, they can’t. you can’t not believe in government and avoid hurting people at the same time. and they don’t even want to avoid hurting people: they just want to avoid the consequences.

      i do think that a country that hates government will not be able to just jump to single payer, it needs to be incremental.

  • eka

    yay bob casey! I remember when everyone I knew disliked him for being too moderate. god, I miss those days.

  • CindyinEncinitas

    I can’t stop watching that video. Look what they did to me.

  • Zippy W Pinhead

    For those wondering about McCain’s motivations in the repeal fiasco, take it from someone who has been a constituent this whole time. He was grandstanding. He’s no hero- while I appreciate the fact that he ended up doing the right thing, I know full well that he didn’t do it for me, he did it for his legacy.

    McCain knows that his cancer is a death sentence and was looking for something big to end his career with. His first attempt was to ride into Washington and be the hero to push the repeal over the top with his yes vote. Only that didn’t work out the way he had hoped and he wasn’t being lauded as a hero by the GOP (though you can bet he enjoyed wallowing in all the adulation). The problem was, that yes vote wasn’t particularly “mavericky” and he was catching criticism for once again rolling over and voting GOP like a loyal party member.

    But he always knew that he a had backup plan if that didn’t work. There would have to be another opportunity to get that end cap, legacy building bit of attention, because there would be more votes before the process finished playing out. If you view every single thing he did after that through this prism, it makes perfect sense. First, he built the suspense with his subsequent votes, then he put himself front and center in the debate. After that he made himself the center of attention with the media with that goofy presser yesterday. And the crowning achievement was the dramatic “no” vote in the wee hours of the morning- the whole thing reads like bad TV script. Even Miss Lindsey not joining him in voting no was part of the deal, it would have taken away from the “maverick” legacy if McCain wasn’t the sole “no” vote (Murkowski and Collins apparently don’t count, because they’re girls).

    Make no mistake, the whole thing, from the moment McCain got off that plane, was staged to give him his sendoff at the end of his career. Unfortunately for the Republicans, that meant the way for him to cement his “maverick” legacy was to vote against their horrible bill- which most of them didn’t want anyways and actually lets the rest of them off the hook with the base.

    • CindyinEncinitas

      Flawless logic as always, Zip.

      • Zippy W Pinhead

        I just know the guy

    • And also much inverse symmetry with Ted Kennedy and death and the ACA

  • aureolaborealis

    I’ve been sending rants to Murkowski (and Sullivan) for months, reminding them to honor their responsibility to govern, for their constituency and for their country, not for the Koch brothers or the Mercers or Grover Norquist. Yesterday I had the pleasure of sending Murkowski a note telling her I am proud of the stand she’s taking and that she is on the right side of history.
    https://resistbot.io/

    • CindyinEncinitas

      Thank you for your service. My ranting on Issa fell on deaf ears, but you have done a thing.

  • RugzYaBurnt

    I love the smell of schadenfreude in the morning!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48H34ukFe8g

  • aureolaborealis

    To McCain’s credit, if Yertle had known he didn’t have him aboard, there wouldn’t have been a vote last night, and the dream of denying healthcare to millions with a simple majority would still be alive. (I am not a McCain fan by any stretch, btw.)

  • Vorhees

    “The American people are going to regret that we couldn’t find a better way forward.” McConnell said on the Senate floor.

    Unspoken but I heard – “We’re gonna make sure of that, trust me.”

    Yeah…we will…but not as much as we would have regretted your proposed “better ways” that got shot down.

  • boredcatlady

    That nice time video was heartwarming, not even a little bit of snark. Yay everybody who wasn’t down for the murder party!

  • Jennifer R

    A no on the motion to proceed would be not much and McConnell would just exercise his prerogative as majority leader to switch his vote to the majority so he could bring the issue up again later. Publicly dunking on Mitch makes him look weak and powerless.

    • cmd resistor

      Yeah, I sort of figured that a no at that level would allow easier zombie uprising of the crap. Even if he did it to get glory, I’ll take it because it worked and it sure didn’t look good when I went to sleep, fully expecting to wake up to shitty news.

      • Jennifer R

        Like, procedurally unless McConnell falls asleep and misses something he can keep trying until the reconciliation date passes. Making him squander the much more ephemeral political capital hurts.

        • cmd resistor

          I will never forgive him for Merrick Garland.

  • Alex Grey

    “We are not celebrating,” said the Senate Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer

    Well why in the fuck aren’t you!? You just managed to defeat and extremely bad, and massively unpopular bill. You should be crowing about it from the rooftops, and cable news. No wonder Democrats keep losing.

    • cmd resistor

      So Sen. Merkley was on CNN this morning and Alisyn Camerota said, well, you sent these tweets and aren’t they kind of celebratory in spite of what Schumer said. In the scheme of things they were pretty tame, not gloaty like stuff Trump does, and it just ticked me off she was trying to make the dems look like gloaters and hypocrites, after all that major shitshow by the evil republicans. He had a decent answer but it ticked me off just the same. And yes, we should be happy that evil was defeated, fuck you republicans.

    • mary5920

      Actually, no. He set the right tone for the moment.

      There are many reasons why the Republicans have seized control. Much of it has been done by endless propaganda, gerrymandering, pandering to the basest impulses, election fraud, voter suppression, and cheating with the help of the Russians, disgustingly enough.

      They’d not get away with it without the uninformed electorate. Democracy is something that has to be won, bit by bit.

      I’m more impressed by the plodders who don’t give up on progress than by the drama queens and kings.

      • Miz Julia

        Nicely stated!!

  • The Librarian

    McConnell is so full of shit. I wonder if he ever looks back at his old statements and realizes what a fraud he is. Probably not, or if he does, he doesn’t care.

    Health care is a basic human right. Fuck Fucks Snooze for their sour grapes.

  • ProgressiveInNH

    Y’all should read Peggy Noonan’s (yes, Peggy Noonan) piece in the WSJ. Holy shit. Massively huge takedown of Trump.

    • Alex Grey

      She must be having withdrawal hallucinations. Push 100ml IV gin stat!

    • Ω cynmac will never surrender

      It’s behind a paywall.

      • Pax Americana Per Ars Smith

        Did you try an incognito or private window? That usually works.

        • Ω cynmac will never surrender

          Incognito didn’t work.

          • Pax Americana Per Ars Smith

            I hope the nyt doesn’t figure out how to do that!

          • Ω cynmac will never surrender

            It did work in Chrome. It did not in Safari.

          • Pax Americana Per Ars Smith

            Fanboi!

  • UnsaltedSinner
    • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

      yup, i noticed that last night when they were debating. All they had was that top left little video square saying something about lawmakers debate or something.

    • phoenix00

      All the SQUIRREL

  • SterWonk

    Collins and Murkowski were right (on this), right from the start. 😇

    McCain lived up (or down) to the description of Americans attributed to Churchill: he did the right thing, after exhausting all other options. 😒

  • Pax Americana Per Ars Smith

    I am holding off on contacting Shelly Moore Capito, because I don’t want a visit from law enforcement. I am considering changing my voter registration to republican (shudders) just to vote against her in the primary, depending on who may be running against her. Being WV, they could run Satan and he could win as a Republican, because she is a Woman (in name only).

  • Hazel Blumberg

    Amazing that the Murcan people still have no idea how insurance works.

  • gratuitous

    Ah, the “endless amount of time” the Republicans spent “trying to achieve a consensus.” I don’t know what language McConnell uses as his native tongue, but in English, the word “consensus” means you have all sides agreeing on something. If one side of a discussion bulldozes the other side without getting any input or indeed even inviting them to the table (or the smoke-filled back room), that’s not really consensus.

    I’d also like McConnell to explain just what involvement the president and vice president had on the Lunch Napkin Bill, since they couldn’t have been any more involved, according to McConnell.

    • Stulexington

      He means consensus among the only people who matter, Republicans. The Democrats aren’t people, they’re just obstacles as far as he’s concerned.

    • Mehmeisterjr

      It helps to remember that Mitch can’t speak English good.

  • Weird Fishes

    “This is truly a disappointment. Fuck my Republican colleagues, what am I gonna tell the Kochs.”

  • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

    i just saw this (i sleep late)
    https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/890764622852173826

    I thought it was funny considering “get there” was used in the pussy grabber tape. “I moved on her like a bitch, but just couldn’t get there.”

    • Persistent Demme

      What a piece of shit he is.

    • Odd Jørgensen

      quoted back at him, along with Duhnald J Trump, Pussgrab in Chief, presidunce. let`s see if that one manage to get me blocked.

  • TX Dept. of Space Tacos

    so Fox and Friends, it was okay for the R’s to celebrate the death of Ocare in teh rose garden (when nothing had been accomplished), but not okay for the Dems to celebrate keeping healthcare for tens of millions of americans.
    Dumbasses.

  • Sedagive ’em Hell

    A friend of mine who is dealing with multiple health problems and who relies on the ACA visited today. She could not bring herself to watch the news, and she asked me how it went. I told her. She started crying with relief.

    Goddammit. Even though we dodged that bullet they’re putting us through a continuous form of hell, and enjoying it.

  • Jamoche
  • Lyly Sirivong

    Look, Fox people, just because you’re healthy now doesn’t mean you’ll stay that way forever. And if you ever get sick (I hope you don’t), you’ll be happy to have health insurance. And sick people who get treatment may become the new healthy people paying for your healthcare. Why The Fuck Am I Even Bothering ? You’re not reading me and you’re the dumbest people of the universe anyway.

    • this country says it’s about

      Nice try though.

  • whitroth

    When I read the news this morning, I was completely shocked.

    Now, one vote doesn’t mean a hell of a lot. I want to see what McCain does down the road.

    On the other hand, NO ONE can do anything to McCain now – they can’t pressure or bribe him in any way. He’s probably not going to be around for reelection. If this were a movie, or a story, well. an author might have McCain remember the line from Johnson, about “knowing you’re going to be hanged in the morning wonderfully settles the mind”… and have him say fuck it, I want a legacy, and I’m going to fucking fulfil my Oath of Office, and do what’s right for the country.

    But this ain’t fiction. I’ll wait and see.

    • this country says it’s about

      Funny, I was thinking the same thing. Plus McCain might be getting some payback for 45 dissing his being a POW. Sticking it to the orange-man!

  • Zyxomma

    This is probably already posted below, but in case it’s not, watch Mazie Hirono’s peach of a speech: http://crooksandliars.com/2017/07/cancer-stricken-senator-colleagues-where

  • M.E. Lawrence

    You cruel, cruel folk. Hearthless elitists, every one of you. Americans are strivers! And mavericks. And proud. What don’t you get about the people’s need to struggle and take sick and die in poverty?

    http://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/trump-supporters-furious-that-they-still-have-health-care

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  • McCain the big show boating dummy! Of course, he did what he did in the most dramatic way possible. I guess when you’re on your way out the door, you give a big FUCK OFF to those what offended ya. But, really Collins and Murkowski did all the hard work and are taking all the big risks. Of course, Murkowski was already primaried and beat the mo’fo’s once already, so threatening her is like pissing in the wind, it just gets you laughed at.

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