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The Graham-Cassidy bill to murder Obamacare isn’t actually dead yet, and the bill’s supporters keep fiddling around with the numbers to try and make it slightly more palatable to Republican senators who might conceivably be convinced to pass the damned thing this week. Politico has acquired a copy of the most recent draft of the bill, which shifts some Medicaid spending around to supposedly make the bill a bit more appealing to Senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Rand Paul of Kentucky, and possibly to Arizona’s John McCain, who said Friday he would vote against the bill. The new version even has goodies for Maine, although Susan Collins said Sunday morning she found it “very difficult” to see how she could be persuaded to vote for the bill. But that was Friday’s version of the bill, so let’s not assume McCain will hold to his “no” pledge. Besides, the Senate will hold a single hearing on the bill today, which maybe McCain will decide is enough “regular order” for him.

So what’s new in this new crappy version of the already-crappy bill that would turn funding for the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid into block grants to the states (with great big cuts from current funding levels) while also having the completely intended side effect of throwing out any protections for pre-existing conditions, along with bans on caps on coverage? Politico ‘splainers:

Under the revised measure, the bill’s authors now project increases in federal funding for Arizona (14 percent), Kentucky (4 percent) and Alaska (3 percent), which would have seen declines in funding under the previous version, according to a leaked analysis from Trump’s health department. In particular, Murkowski’s home state would uniquely benefit from Sec. 129, which allows the state with the highest separate poverty guideline — Alaska — to receive a 25 percent hike in federal matching funds for Medicaid.

Funny, though: It turns out that the new version doesn’t include any new money for Medicaid block grants. The total is still a cut of $175 billion by 2026, capped by state population, and rolls back Medicaid expansion. But this time out, the distribution has been rejiggered to appeal to those wavering senators, while still cutting the block grant to states that expanded Medicaid. Just one problem with that, as Politico notes:

Alaska, Arizona, Kentucky and West Virginia would still receive less funding under Graham-Cassidy compared with Obamacare, according to Topher Spiro, a health analyst with the left-leaning Center for American Progress. In Twitter postings, he said the bill’s authors were accounting for money states saved as a result of ending Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion to low-income adults, which is overwhelmingly funded by the federal government but requires states to pay a fraction of the cost.

Topher Spiro explains the statistics fuckery in this Twitter thread:

States will “save” a lot on Medicaid — if they cut spending on Medicaid to match the federal cuts that will already leave more people without medical care. So that’s some great “savings,” huh?

The latest revision also includes some tweaks intended to win over Ted Cruz and Mike Lee, who haven’t actually come out against the bill but who murmured over the weekend that maybe it’s not quite cruel enough:

The revised bill also includes provisions that would give states more freedom to eliminate federal insurance regulations, as Cruz and Lee have requested. For instance, states could lift existing caps on out-of-pocket costs, which currently prevent insurers from offering bare-bones insurance policies. As a result, people could potentially buy health plans featuring cheaper premiums but higher out-of-pocket costs, which are more attractive to healthier customers.

Hooray! Junk insurance for everyone! And Jimmy Kimmel’s baby could exhaust his lifetime maximum before he’s in kindergarten.

Shorter Version: The “new” Graham-Cassidy is every bit as bad as the previous one, and we’d like to hope that Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins will be smart enough to see that that even with the shuffling-around of shrinking healthcare dollars, their states would still be worse off — and other states would see enormous cuts. The Brookings Institution estimated last week that 32 million people would lose insurance if this mess becomes law, and the changes released last night would only change slightly where they’d lose their insurance. And there’s nothing in this version to overcome the opposition of pretty much the entire healthcare system, which released this letter Saturday:

That’s quite an impressive array of opposition: the American Medical Association, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Hospital Association, Federation of American Hospitals, America’s Health Insurance Plans, and the BlueCross BlueShield Association — not exactly a bunch of lefties, although if you want some lefties you could add in Planned Parenthood, plus nonpartisan patient and research advocacy groups like the AARP, American Cancer Society, the Children’s Hospital Association, the Alzheimer’s Association, and the National Association of Medicaid Directors. Among many others.

Unfortunately for patients, doctors, hospitals, and researchers, the most important voices in health care, big Republican donors, want their damn tax cuts, so the rest of us have to be very, very loud. Get to the phones, folks. We have one more week of pressuring senators to vote against this trainwreck — and then next year, they can start trying to kill Obamacare all over again.

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  • The Wanderer

    Very OT, but I just posted this story, which is SFW, no trouble. And I want to thank ManCityRed6 for supplying the inspiration from a non-comment he made earlier this morning.

    Enjoy.

    • mancityRed6

      holy fuck, I’ve never been a muse before.
      does it come with benefits?
      : )

      • The Wanderer

        ‘Fraid not, sorry. But I had the prompt word, and a title. Your description about Joplin just clicked.

        • mancityRed6

          I have stories for days about that place. I got shot at once. and cruised by a guy. the latter was a boost to my ego.

      • you can be amused…

  • armed_bears

    OT, but Fox News FTW?

    “I think that the president clearly has stirred this up, and it is an emotional discussion,” Baier went on. “What we are not discussing is that he may likely lose in the senate primary in Alabama, looks like it is an uphill battle for Luther Strange there. We will see. We’re not talking talking about the fact that the health care repeal and replace bill is probably on life support in the senate. And we are not talking about the troubles that North Korea is just in the past hour putting out there. So, it is an interesting dichotomy to be talking about all this that has been stirred up in the past three days.”

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ab0b044329a223e716033129e8f7d48f34fd7af5cd601c45887ec2511db97817.jpg

  • Relativicus

    I feel like maybe what they should do is provide subsidies to the wealthy that pay 100% of the best possible health insurance and nothing for the rest of us. If I understand the theory, the great health and well-being of the wealthy would then trickle down to the rest of us as we aspired to be just as healthy and wise as our betters.

    • exinkwretch

      Report to the Heritage Foundation immediately — you’re hired!

  • ManchuCandidate

    Still dead. Just getting there slower in Maine, Alaska, Kentucky and Tejas.

    It the travel not thw final destination, right?

  • jesuswasablack

    Everyone wants in on that sweet sweet cornhusker kickback cash!

  • yyyaz

    CNN just posted a new PPP survey indicating only 24% of us approve of this fuckery. Representative democracy is over. /s

  • exinkwretch

    No matter how much lettuce and mayo you slap on a shit sandwich, the prime ingredient is still poop.

    • Pilotshark

      you can use ounces of Franks Red Hot sauce and you still have the taste of a shit sandwich.
      i put that shit on everything, that taste like shit.

      • tomamitai

        Ever do shots of it? It makes the back of my brain tingle!

  • mancityRed6

    see? don’t everyone clap McCain on the back until the votes are in.

  • Asterix

    It is a day ending in Y… Republicans still trying to kill us all.

    And Kim is upping the ante on the pissing contest. He has decided the US has declared war on his country.

    • tomamitai

      He obviously hasn’t studied our Constitution, or he’d know that only Congress can Tweet a declaration of war.

  • OT…Got meetings all day so let me please sneak this in here:

    I’m the Greatest Sheep Dog
    Best Sheep Dog
    Sheep will tire of all this Dogging…
    Bigly!
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/df2a0dbf71e8ffe47f634e56ccaf5cc9173b37c7467491a3a289f2158b6763a8.png

  • memzilla Ω

    That’s some Health Plan, that Health Plan-22.

  • mancityRed6

    and it won’t cover this either
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfF9N2o3Kds

  • jesuswasablack

    If we let gubmint take over our Medicaid and Medicare then we won’t be able to get our medicines, people will be fleeing the country just like what happened in Canada, that happened in Canada right?
    http://www.occupy.com/sites/default/files/field/image/south-park-article.jpg

  • Gayer Than Thou

    So will Kentucky, Alaska, and Maine have more death panels, or fewer? I’m confused. Just trying to figure out where to “vacation” with Granny before she changes her will again.

    • jesuswasablack

      Death Panels are kool now cause we got a white deciding who lives and dies, it’s all good!

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      Well, we here in Kentuckistan elected ourselves a goon who promised to gut our healthcare and promptly did, so I’m guessing we’ll win on downs.

    • House0fTheBlueLights

      Fewer. People will just die on their own. It’s like Libertarian Paradise.

    • mancityRed6

      yes

  • bookish

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/graham-cassidy-new-draft_us_59c86943e4b06ddf45f8c269

    Based on initial inspection, the new bill is a lot like the original bill, which would have decimated existing federal health programs, reduced government spending, and left many millions without insurance.

    But now the legislation, which Politico and Vox first reported, includes a pair of important changes ― an even more aggressive assault on protections for people with pre-existing conditions, as well as some extra money to blunt the impact of funding cuts for a handful of states.

    Each set of revisions seems designed to win over key Republican senators who have been critical of the legislation so far ― and to do so before Saturday, when Republicans, who hold just 52 seats in the Senate, lose parliamentary authority to pass repeal with 50 votes instead of the usual 60.

    • House0fTheBlueLights

      Furthermore, the Heritage Foundation is working on amendments that would prevent states from using the block grants to create their own single payer systems. Because States Rights only count when you’re trying to suppress the vote or fuck the poors.

  • What’s it going to take to kill this bill for good?

    Something along the lines of what happened at the end of Graham Cassidy and The Sundance Kid should do it.

    • Gayer Than Thou

      Admit it: you’ve been waiting all weekend to post that. It was worth the wait. Please come to the front desk to claim your prize.

      • For my prize I’d like the bill to fail badly, with votes.

        • Gayer Than Thou

          Uhm… all we have are expired Subway coupons.

          • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

            On the upside, the coupons have Jared’s picture on them…no, not that Jared, the criminal Jared…the other criminal Jared…the pedophile Jared…the Jared not married to the predisent’s daughter Jared.

          • mancityRed6

            I have some 20% off bed bath and beyond coupons…somewhere

          • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

            They will take them even if expired.

          • PERFECT! I have always wanted some of those!!!!!

    • Toledo Window Box

      It’s not “this bill” that needs killing – it’s the whole notion of Republicans passing healthcare legislation in secret and without help from people that know what they’re dong.

      THAT’s what needs killing.

      • This bill needs killing. Then, once comfirmed dead, we can discuss “regular order”.

        • Toledo Window Box

          It’s already completely dead.

    • formerChild

      Since there’s a period EVERY year where they can use “reconciliation” to pass a bill with a simple majority, I’m guessing the only way to make ABSOLUTELY SURE that this bill never comes back is a nuclear holocaust.

  • MynameisBlarney

    Meanwhilst, in “Cat Has Disturbing Revelation” News.

    https://i.imgur.com/H5iyEZ4.png

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    States will “save” a lot on Medicaid — if they cut spending on Medicaid to match the federal cuts that will already leave more people without medical care.
    Republican math is to reality as ———— is to ———–…

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      A sweater is to a tomato plant?

    • mackafritz

      bologna is to pulsars

    • Raan

      Disposable pantyliners are to legal supplies.

    • Arolpin

      Potato is to the square root of negative infinity. Divided by 0.

    • yyyaz

      Intelligence is to the average voter.

    • VirginiaMorningBlend

      As gold is to guppies.

  • Rick Hill

    “….featuring cheaper premiums but higher out-of-pocket costs, which are more attractive to healthier customers.”

    When the ACA went into effect and people lost their junk insurance, NPR had a breakdown of how those people paid for insurance which literally paid nothing and yet took their money, every month.

    • mancityRed6

      “If you like your plan you can keep your plan” was debunked by people in Cali losing their blue cross plans. even though they were grandfathered in, the plans were cut and people were told it was because of the ACA. not because they could offer them plans that cost more.

    • Those PoS plans are still around. I’ve run into so many folks who’ve been hoodwinked into buying them. So they get the double hit of junk insurance AND the penalty (and i bet you the trump / price CMS is NOT going to allow a lot of exemptions)

      The worst i had was a woman who moved to IL from TX after burying her husband in Pakistan. She’s always had academic insurance but somebody convinced her to pay several thousand dollars for 3 months of a crap plan UPFRONT.

      She actually qualified for medicaid.

  • RMKH

    If Collins or Murkowski or Paul go for this, not only will we know what they are, we will know the price.

  • Bub, the cynical zombie
    • AnnieGetYerFun

      OK, but what if it’s, like, a really small cannonball?

      • Bub, the cynical zombie

        A Donnie sized ball? No, no, not that small…that WOULD disappear without a ripple…

      • Celtic_Gnome

        Shouldn’t we be talking about bowling balls?

  • Good_Gawd_Yall

    I’m one of the 32 million, so I shouldn’t feel this way, but I almost want them to go ahead and pass it. They’ll just keep at it again and again and again and again forever, and they’ll keep being voted into office by dumbfucks and haters until the dumbfucks and haters take one right in the shorts. Once Dolt 45 is outta there, it’ll be Dense 46, or ZEGS Ryan 47, and they both have enough legislative experience to know how to massage a reluctant senator or house member to get their vote. Dolt 45 doesn’t care at all and isn’t helping, because the largest threat to America right now is football players. What do you think will happen once the WH has gotten over its ADD but is still run by an evil troll who wants to kill as many poor people as possible legally?

    • jesuswasablack

      It doesn’t just affect the 32 million, the GOP wants to end EHB’s (essential health benefits) so basically if your employer provides your health insurance they can refuse to cover just about anything they want!

    • mancityRed6

      yeah, it’s gonna fuck with everyone’s health insurance.

    • Iron Monkey

      You are right–the incompetence of the enemy is one of the most significant weapons against them.

  • AnnieGetYerFun

    As much as I’d like to have faith that our lady Senators are, by and large, not total assholes, I feel compelled to write to both Murkowski and Collins.

    • george lastrapes

      Suggest to them that they switch from Rep to Ind and caucus with Dems because the good of the nation demands it.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    The tl;dr from this story for me is it looks like I’ll be phone banking again this week. The question is where…we already called Arizona and I doubt McCain will do a 180 on this issue, and Heller already signed on to this crap so we won’t call Nevada…
    Hey, I might phone bank Alaska for the first time ever!

  • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

    Shorter “new” republican’t bill to legalize killing people through inattention-

    Fuck the blue states, bribery for the red states, death sentence for the poor for the tea party.

  • Indiepalin

    Throw in a truckload of cocaine and Lying Ted might just vote yes.

    • AnnieGetYerFun

      Don’t forget the Campbell’s!

      • Candy Matson Y-28209

        That still remains one of the weirdest “human” interest stories I’ve heard

    • jesuswasablack

      Anonymous porn site membership, that’ll get him on board!

    • mancityRed6

      *sniffs*
      did someone say coke?

  • armed_bears

    OT, but also on topic: LeBron is a masterful communicator. I think I am hearing him live, or recent, and he’s SO on target.

    • Toledo Window Box

      “Bum”.

      Is there another single word in the English language that sums up Donald Trump better – other than perhaps dotard?

  • Scooby

    Shouldn’t they be cutting grants to Kentucky to appeal to Rand Paul?

    • AnnieGetYerFun

      “I want everything renamed “Galt’s Gulch”! Even the highways!”

  • Toledo Window Box

    And once again, the Repubs are pushing their “last, best hope” to kill PPACA.

    Seriously – how many last licks do they get at this??

    • MynameisBlarney

      Weren’t ALL attempts to “repeal and replace” AKA “Operation Fuck You!” since the 1st one their “last, best hope”?

      • wait! what?

        I think this one should be called:

        “Fuck You: A New Fissure”

        • MynameisBlarney

          “Fuck You Too: Electric Boogaloo. The Enfuckening.

          • Raan

            Hopefully, it’ll end up being “Never Back Down 90: A Good Day to Back Down”.

          • wait! what?

            “Kindergarten Cop Funeral – It really was a tumor”

      • Toledo Window Box

        Operation Fuck You!

        That’s pretty accurate.

    • I think that, 300 years from now, when the last living republican ends his final term in the Congress at the Galactic Federation, he will put forth his “traditional” ACA repeal bill. And seeing as this would be the last time it would be voted on (and also seeing as how they moved onto single payer in 2019, and then the auto-doc in every home bill of 2144), they all unanimously approved the measure for historical purposes. Zombie Obama Hologram came to the floor and gave a moving speech about the tenacity of some individuals and how the human species, flawed as it is, is the galactic federation’s last hope, prompting Donald Trump XIV to take to holographic twitter asking of Zombie Obama was really Obama came back to life or a Kenyan imposter.

  • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

    No way they will get Paul – anything short of “every man for himself” is “Obamacare lite” to him.

    • jesuswasablack

      He was going to vote for the “skinny repeal” all they need to do is throw some more old moochers out of one of them luxurious Medicaid funded retirement homes and old Randy will come around!
      https://d35dnuw4rnaeot.cloudfront.net/NursingMedicaid.jpg

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      They got him last time. And the time before that. And the time before that. And . . .

    • Candy Matson Y-28209

      Here’s hoping.

  • JohnBull

    Maybe I’ll turn on Rush on my ride home today and actually hear what an actual mental breakdown sounds like.

  • Good_Gawd_Yall

    It must be a really incredible thing to be a republican congresscritter, elected by hundreds of thousands (or in some cases a few hundred) of your constituents, yet deliberately vote to hurt them, safe in the knowledge that they are impotent to do anything about it, because of gerrymandering, cuts to education, Fucks Gnus, and billionaires running ads that make your opponents look like members of some odd ISIS-worshiping NAMBLA cult.

    • Rebel Scum with permit

      It was really sad- Mark Meadows, the Freedom Caucus wanker, seems hell bent on killing his poor, dumb, constituents, but they believe that somehow he’s going to “take care of them”.

      • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

        Well they believe a real estate guy who was born rich, never worked an honest day’s labor in his life, dodged the draft, and is a sexist pig will “look out for us working class folks, stand up for our troops and protect women”.
        So they’re dirt, stick, stone stupid, I guess is what I’m saying.

        • Good_Gawd_Yall

          Dirt, stick, stone libelz!

    • JohnBull

      Seems like the easiest gig in the world.
      1. Run the word “conservative” as many times in your ad.
      2. Fire a gun, preferably at a black person. They can’t vote anyway.
      3. Say “God, guns, country, freedom” as often as you can.
      4. Get elected.
      5. Make $175,000 a year for a total of 3 months of actual work.
      6. Ignore constituents at home because facing them is hard.
      7. Every two years, repeat steps 1-6.

    • VirginiaMorningBlend

      Ima stealing Fucks Gnus.

  • george lastrapes

    Attention, classicists! Ted Cruz has the eyes of Antinous and the mouth of Caligula, does he not?

  • dslindc

    Which draft will be the one that just has one page that says, “Fuck you,” on it?

    • MynameisBlarney

      AOT,K?

    • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

      That’s the version that’ll be dumped in at 11:59pm EDT on September 30.

  • MynameisBlarney
    • armed_bears

      Fly.

      • Gayer Than Thou

        By definition, not fly, I think.

        • Boscoe

          I guess that would be the Penguin version of “pulling yourself up by your own bootstraps”…

      • MynameisBlarney

        Or, Swim in this case?

        Yeah…my jokes suck today.

    • Lance Thrustwell

      “Waddle I do?”

    • Occupied Territory of Kavefish

      Part, Being of the First:

      https://youtu.be/boj75h3urLU

      Part, Being of the Second:

      https://youtu.be/2eAmlHFXXNo?t=24s

      (p.s. Yes – I know this is a hideously late reply, but I’ve been out running errands all day.)

  • Martini Ambassador 🍸

    This is what representing your constituents looks like? Not bloody likely.
    https://twitter.com/DavidABergstein/status/912331367530336256

    • SayItWithWookies

      “This bill is terrible — it kills people, makes people suffer, exposes them to higher risk of bankruptcy, endangers jobs, fucks up the insurance market, doesn’t protect people with pre-existing or chronic conditions and endangers children. And if Mitch didn’t desperately want this off his goddamn desk, I’d be voting against it.”

  • SayItWithWookies

    Are you paying attention, remaining Republican senators? You’ve got two days until the vote, and unless you threaten to vote against it, Graham and Cassidy are gonna take all the goddamn blood money candy and give it to Kentucky, Alaska, Arizona and probably Maine. Is that what you want — to go back to your constituents and say you gave something up so others would be hurt less? Didn’t think so.

    • msanthropesmr

      heart less. Heh.

      • SayItWithWookies

        Corrected. My fingers had too many options with that one.

  • msanthropesmr

    We’re all gonna die in a nuclear holocaust anyway, so why bother?

    • SayItWithWookies

      Not if we die of drug-resistant TB first.

      • Crank Tango

        Or popcorn toxicity and liver failure.

      • (((Alt-Sedagive)))

        Nuclear Winter/Antibiotic Collapse 2020!

    • wait! what?

      I say volcanic holocaust. A one kiloton war head hitting the Yellowstone Caldera should do the trick.

    • Alan

      Mr. Cheerful. You do have a point though.

  • VirginiaMorningBlend

    So Ted comes home one evening and finds Melon and the gardener on his couch? He watches from the safety of his kitchen, and afterwords votes to kill 32 million people? Seems very legit.

  • TheGrandWazoo2

    I don’t understand why the GOP is still pursuing this since Cory Gardner let the cat out the bag publicly last week when he said the only reason they have to pass it is so donors won’t cut them off.

    • UncleTravelingMatt

      Cory Gardner said what? I can’t hear you over the sound of Hannity screaming about uppity black people.

    • tomamitai

      I wonder if there’s a parallel universe somewhere where government representatives vote for what’s in the best interests of the majority, instead of what’s best for rich assholes?

    • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

      There’s just no way the rich fucks would cut off the money supply to the right. At worst they would refuse to donate to the current crop of Koch suckers in favor of a new batch.

  • Relativicus

    On lifetime caps, any word on whether we would pick up where we were in total spending pre-ACA, or would we start at zero? Asking for a friend. Okay, it’s me. But I like me.

    • jesuswasablack

      I’m pretty sure part of the GOP plan is that everyone has already exceeded their lifetime cap, keeps things simple!

  • Michael Smith

    Or, as the Republicans would simplify the issue “the health plan supported by people who respect the flag and the anthem, versus the one initiated by those who are spitting on our troops’ honor.”

  • Lance Thrustwell

    Hm. How to make this bill appeal to Ted Cruz? If you could alternate the pages of the bill with porn and Bible verses, that might be a start.

  • Spurning Beer

    What we need now is some sustained class warfare. Yeah, yeah, with votes. But also with public shaming, doxxing, boycots, marches, and very loud rallies.

    • Unmutual Tetsu Kaba

      Tumbrels?

      • Spurning Beer

        Absolutely. Plug-in electric ones.

      • SDGeoff3

        Mmmmm…tumbrels.

  • MynameisBlarney

    Since it’s Monday and my less than half-assed attempts at finding relevant memes ain’t working for shit…
    Well, more so than usual…

    https://i.imgur.com/cfpGlsE.png

    • PubOption

      “Nevermore.”

      • MynameisBlarney

        That kitteh’s probably thinkin “And I thought Jehova’s Witnesses were annoying!”

        • Unmutual Tetsu Kaba

          I love the kitteh’s expression.

          • CindyinEncinitas

            Christ, it’s this asshole again…

    • Cat Cafe for the Prosecution

      Cat: Okay, it’s not humiliating enough that you divebombed me, you know what to walk next to me so everyone sees I can’t catch you? Jesus, Edgar.

      • BarbaraPBradbury

        Google is paying 97$ per hour,with weekly payouts.You can also avail this.
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    • BeachBum

      Today I am that cat .

  • Panika MCD

    I don’t suspect Cruz is going to vote against any version of the bill now that Cornyn has endorsed him (for lack of finding a primary challenger who is not “Ted Cruz, but in yellow”). that’s really all Cruz was after.

  • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

    “The new version even has goodies for Maine, although Susan Collins said Sunday morning she found it “very difficult” to see how she could be persuaded to vote for the bill.”

    Maybe I’m a cynic, or maybe I personally witnessed the many doomed overtures made to Susan Collins’ office during the Obamacare passage. But “very difficult” was a specific phrase we heard over and over and over. It meant we hadn’t bribed her enough.

    That’s her whole schtick: she knows no one gives a flying fuck about Maine, but she’ll cocktease each side with maybes until she’s worked enough Maine-friendly riders into the bill that, win or lose, yea or nay, she and her state benefits. While I respected her political wiles, no one should ever mistake her for a principled anything. She’s a centrist in the same way an auctioneer is centrally looking for a higher bidder.

  • Flashman

    Meh, if G-C really wanted Ted Cruz’s vote, there would be some special stepmom-porn pool provision for Texas.

  • Shanzgood

    Wouldn’t it be something if BCBS and/or any other insurance companies who object to the repeal made the business decision to keep the ACA provisions in place and offer really affordable coverage that lots and lots of people sign up for and it ended up being a huge FU to the Republicans? Yes, I know it’s a pipe dream and doesn’t address the subsidies or Medicare fuckery, but still.

    • Candy Matson Y-28209

      Help us corporate overlords, you’re our only hope!

      • Shanzgood

        That’s depressing, yeah.

        • Candy Matson Y-28209

          Aaaaaaand Target gets the ball rolling!

    • CripesAmighty

      Won’t happen cuz the subsidies from Obamacare are what makes it a doable proposition. Pull those, and it’s all over.

      • h4rr4r

        That and the mandate.

        This is like National Flood insurance, which is paying out more than it ever collected. Congress demanded it change to actuarially sound pricing, but then demanded it be affordable. You can’t remove the parts that pay for the system you like and expect that system to survive.

        • CripesAmighty

          Remove commercial insurance rackets and you save 17% off the top.

        • TakingAmes

          Which is why the NFIP is $25 billion in the red.

          • h4rr4r

            Yup, because if you charged what it really cost no one could pay it.

            I have a shocking solution, use zoning laws to prevent building in flood prone areas. If any home is flooded more than once in a 25 year period and the damage exceeds 50% of the value of the home, eminent domain the property.

          • Cat Cafe for the Prosecution

            I read that in some areas that were recently flooded the homeowners are actually finally deciding not to rebuild, at least

          • TakingAmes

            That IS a thought…

          • BeachBum

            Or more than 3 100 year floods in 5 years. Wait, what ?

          • h4rr4r

            Did that happen some place? Sounds like a poor map.

  • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

    Okay. Here’s an idea. Instead of writing a new bill to kill the ACA, why don’t we just drop our pants and shit directly onto people? Seriously, we just shit right on them, really go to town. We’ll call it Fecal Care and blame Obama or HIllary or something.
    -Some republican’t somewhere.

    • MynameisBlarney

      I bet Santorum is ALL in favor of that idea.

      • SeeTrain65

        Not frothy enough.

  • cmd resistor

    I read in The Hill that a Cruz aide said today he’s still a no, even with the new version. How reliable that is, I don’t know.

    • Snark Tank Full of Resistance

      I don’t believe that for a second. He’ll follow the party line, and Beto O’Rourke will castigate him for it.

    • SeeTrain65

      AFAIC: “Lyin’ Ted” is a moniker the Orange Buffoon got right.

      Even a blind squirrel …

  • There was a story a while back about the large number of rural hospitals in the South that had either closed, or were in dire financial straits. Apparently, there was a large percentage of uninsured people, and the financial deficits got to be too much. I’d be a lot more sympathetic if I didn’t know that those same states turned down Medicaid expansion and setting up exchanges, and gosh, wouldn’t you know, those same areas voted in – and continue – the Republicans who did it. So my reaction is “sucks to be you,” and “you got what you voted for, stop whining.”

    • Unmutual Tetsu Kaba

      That’s a point I make in my faxes via Resistbot to Burr and Tillis. The republican mayor of Belhaven, NC walked to DC to publicize the plight of rural hospitals.

    • Gorillionaire

      That was in Huffpost, if we saw the same report. Sobering stuff. Also in the South, the many thousands of former textile mill workers retrained as certified nursing assistants who are now gainfully employed as home health care workers and nursing home aides would be laid off – again – from this Republican bullshit.

      • Yes, although I saw similar reports earlier. The thing is that I do live in a rural area which had a sizable uninsured population and the local hospitals and clinics were severely stressed financially. Unlike those southern states, my state jumped right into Obamacare, and now those hospitals are not stressed, and the clinics have been expanding services. Funny how that worked out.

    • BeachBum

      The Old Confederacy has been cutting off their nose since 1865.

    • I hate that I feel this way, but this.
      We are supposed to reach out to the whites we forgotted!!!
      We did not forget them. They ran screaming when we decided to include blacks and gays and women, and then voted against their own interests just to spite us.

      • Natalie Au Natural Hedonist

        Ramen.

  • Mavenmaven

    Next, budget will be saved by cutting out all police nationwide, but issuing states block cash to buy guns for everyone.

    • CindyinEncinitas

      Distribution of ammunition, however, will be distributed according to demographic imperatives.

    • Cat Cafe for the Prosecution

      I still say they should start by rescinding rural electrification. It’s not like the rubes have done anything useful with it.

    • exinkwretch

      As I’ve noted before, simply designating AR-15s as “approved medical devices” would have the gun humpers stampeding to approve health insurance for all.

    • BeachBum

      I will give my gun to my grandson cause he’s really good at killing zombies. He says.

    • phoenix00

      Don’t give the Libertarians any more stupid ideas. Y’all Qaeda is already a Thing.

  • Walter Wellstone

    The three most important issues for our country right now are, in my opinion, the following (in order of importance):

    1. Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, Florida and Houston.
    2. Graham-Cassidy.
    3. Robert Mueller’s investigation of collusion with Russia.

    Everything else is masturbation, as George Costanza would say. Please let’s stay on the media’s case to make sure they don’t forget about this.

    • phoenix00

      Wait, picking twitter fights with Steph Curry and calling Colin Kapernick a son of a bitch is NOT #1??!!! WWWWHHHHYYYYYYYYYYYY

  • Viktor

    Ted Cruz wanted a clause that would have the President Tweet only positive things about Ted for 3 months. And a bill that would require Americans to like Ted Cruz.

    • JustDon’tSayKneel(OrNeil)

      That’s his opening position. Maybe he should settle for America not spitting on the ground when his name is mentioned.

      • BeachBum

        Would we have to ask Paul Simon ’bout that ?

  • whitroth

    Y’know, I’d swear that giving extra money to Maine and Alaska is like, y’know, bribery….

    • HooverVilles

      Who woulda thunk it?

  • Snark Tank Full of Resistance

    So Teddy the Canucki sees that Murkowski, Collins and Paul are getting mo’ money, and decides he wants his own payoff? What a fucking shocker.

    • LucindathePook

      OK, here’s what we do. If each senator is bribed to vote for G-C by being allowed to have Obamacare in his/her state, we just make sure the GOP bribes all 100 of them, and we keep Ocare.

  • James

    Disabled dragged out of Sen. Finance Committee hearing on Graham-Cassidy by Capital Police.

    This is the image that will indelibly remain, a toxic stain on Trump and the GOP Congress.#NoGrahamCassidy https://t.co/8z2lZBwWSC— Laffy (@GottaLaff) 25 September 2017

    • SeeTrain65

      If they cared about optics, they’d extend Obamacare to vision care.

  • Zippy W Pinhead

    Seems to me that the best way to appeal to Ted Cruz is to insert the bill in the middle of some twitter pron…

  • SadDemInTex

    Made my utterly useless calls to Cornyn and Cruz…and I didn’t call them names like fucking son of a whore or tell them that they have tertiary syphilis (sp?)

    • BeachBum

      Wink 3 times with your right eye and tell him its soup.

  • Weird Fishes

    I’m beginning to come to the conclusion that Republican governance is, on balance, pretty lousy.

  • Vorhees

    “And Jimmy Kimmel’s baby could exhaust his lifetime minimum before he’s in kindergarten.”

    I think you meant maximum?

    • doktorzoom

      Yep,. fixed!

  • puredog

    “Besides, the Senate will hold a single hearing on the bill today, which maybe McCain will decide is enough “regular order” for him.”
    Is that the ninety-second hearing (not #92, but ninety seconds in length) that I’ve heard about?

  • cheetojeebus

    I made the mistake of listening to fucking United States Senators lying before the American people today about matters that are life and death for vulnerable people and now I’m so ragey, just fucking boiling over. Imma go outside and pet some feral cats if they’ll have me, for a few minutes so I don’t stroke out.

    • BeachBum

      Take tuna.

    • who was it?

      • cheetojeebus

        Cassidy, Portman etc…

  • Biel_ze_Bubba

    There’s no mandate if you let people buy a “policy” with a million-dollar deductible for $10.49 a month … unless maybe you require the buyer to have a proven net worth of $2 million. (Then they’re self-insured, and won’t be mooching off the rest of us.)
    Otherwise, typical Republican lies and fuckery. Which their dumbfuck base will swallow whole.

  • We have to make it very clear to them- they can keep their Koch funded whore diamonds if they vote for this shit, but they will NOT get to be re-elected and thus be unable to use them.

  • WomanInThePersistence
    • BrendaKay

      Excellent!

      • HooverVilles

        Don’t breath easy until after the 30th.
        There is still a few days in which they might be able mess with people.

  • quantum mechanic

    Proof living in Louisiana (ditto Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Texas et al) makes you stupid: [Sen. Bill] Cassidy [born Highland Park IL] was first elected to the Louisiana State Senate in 2006 as a
    Republican. He had previously been a Democrat: Cassidy supported Michael Dukakis for president in 1988 and donated to the 1992 presidential campaign of Senator Paul Tsongas (D-MA),[11][12] and to Louisiana Democrats Kathleen Blanco in the 2003 gubernatorial election and Mary Landrieu in her 2002 Senate campaign. In 2013, Cassidy called his donation to Landrieu a “youthful indiscretion,” Wikipedia

  • bluicebank

    Every time news breaks that this horse is still dead:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6T1C2kCMdc

  • weighmaster

    I think if I were running for national office as a Dem or independent, my slogan would be “I will ALWAYS vote against killing you”.

    • Lambsendbeds

      Messaging – how does it work? Democrats SUCK at it. I vote for you!

      • weighmaster

        Thank you, but I am grossly unelectable due to having had far too much fun in my youth.

        • weighmaster

          ×due

      • weighmaster

        It’s a bit of a shame that not killing one’s constituents is now a bar.

  • Lambsendbeds

    These GOPers are pretty stupid if they call this a bribe – you vote “yes”, than your state gets to keep Obamacare. However, if you vote no your punishment is…keeping Obamacare. SMRT…

    • HooverVilles

      Never underestimate the intelligence of a hard core GOPer!
      NEVER!

  • Jesse

    Forget the senate, I don’t see how this bill passes article 1 section 9.

  • Zyxomma

    OK, I get it. The GOP wants us all dead. Because we don’t vote for them.

    • phoenix00

      They’re also killing the ones that did.

      “Collateral damage?”

  • Mike Steele

    Having pestered anyone who could make a difference, Lady MS has wrapped up her resistance by sending the following email to Graham-Cassidy-Heller: “A lawyer, a doctor and a vulnerable politician, personifying every bad joke ever made about their professions, conspire to remain relevant, and prop up a traitorous madman. Talk about leaving a legacy…” Having been raised in my own southern tradition, Lindsey’s email server responded instantaneously. It apologized for not replying in writing – a courtesy available only to South Carolinians – but effusively yammered about the work they’re doing on War on Terror, tax issues, etc. Can’t imagine we’ll hear as promptly from LA or AZ. We’ve also sent a pre-emptive longhand letter to our useless (doctor) congressman, lest this abomination reach the House. Tomorrow, will face the remnants of Marie, as it’s my docent day in Rackliffe House at Assateague Island. Mainland only looking at winds and high surf. WHEN will POTUS address the horrendous nightmare facing AMERICANS on PR/USVI? Never thought we’d say it, but this guy makes Shrub look like a national hero.

  • Keith Taylor

    Meanwhile the Senate passes a 700 BILLION defence policy bill, despite military hardware often turning out to be ineffective or an outright swindle before it’s even built, but that should appeal to the man who keeps making noises (when he remembers) about that big beautiful border wall — and no doubt he just loves weapons.

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