The master of the art of surrender, Mitch McConnell has dragged things out long enough once again, that a deadline comes into play. This time it is the August recess along with the reality that Obamacare is collapsing that he’s using to force the American people to permanently subsidize the healthcare of millions of others, including illegal aliens. Good job, Mitch, just like always you’ve come through for the Dems and establishment in the past.
McConnell said Thursday that if the Republicans are unable to repeal and replace Obamacare, which, having only 52 members, 6-9 Republican no votes and a united opposition is a certainty, Congress will have to pass a more limited bill “to shore up health insurance markets.”
Speaking at a Rotary Club luncheon in Glasgow, KY, the chinless, spineless wonder said, “If my side [Democrats?] is unable to agree on an adequate replacement, then some kind of action with regard to the private health insurance market must occur. No action is not an alternative. … We’ve got the insurance markets imploding all over the country, including in this state.”
They’re imploding because of the Democrat law, McConnell, why don’t you use those great legislative skills we’ve heard about for years but never seen in action and put some pressure on them? If nothing else, change the rules and lower the threshold for passage to 51 votes and get something done for a change. Then pass laws like crazy for 18 months; the Senate in its current form is a ridiculous, pointless joke.
Politico explains, “A bill to strengthen the insurance markets would presumably need Democratic support to get 60 votes to overcome a filibuster. McConnell in the past has warned fractious GOP lawmakers that if the Republican-only repeal effort failed, he would be forced to work with top Democrat Chuck Schumer on legislation that conservatives would likely oppose much more than the GOP repeal bill. He repeated that after a White House meeting with the president last week.”
While it is possible that the remarks could be gamesmanship intended to nudge some of the resistant Republicans towards agreement, surrender is the usual outcome of any standoff in which McConnell faces the Democrats, regardless of the advantage the GOP may have. It’s hard to remember the last time he successfully negotiated a deal unless one defines success the way McConnell does, as capitulation.
Politico noted “The remarks could be aimed at Senate conservatives who argue the bill doesn’t repeal enough of the health care law and contend that Republican leaders are turning their back on their eight-year-old campaign pledge to do away with the Affordable Care Act. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) have proposed an amendment to allow insurance companies that sell Obamacare plans to also sell non-Obamacare plans, an idea that health care experts say would tank the markets.”
In 2014, before he had any idea that he and the GOP would ever be in control of the Senate again, McConnell made an empty pledge, typical of testosterone-challenged politicians like him, promising if he were reelected he and the GOP would repeal Obamacare “root and branch.” Go ahead McConnell, follow through, do what you said you would for a change.
In response to the flashing of the white flag, McConnell’s comrade, Chuck Schumer, said, “It’s encouraging that Sen. McConnell today acknowledged that the issues with the exchanges are fixable, and opened the door to bipartisan solutions to improve our health care system.”
His statement continued, “As we’ve said time and time again, Democrats are eager to work with Republicans to stabilize the markets and improve the law. At the top of the list should be ensuring cost-sharing payments are permanent, which will protect health care for millions.”
Cost-sharing subsidies, which are federal welfare payments on the producers for the non-producers, would become permanent, a huge victory for the communist Democrats. Maybe it’s time for some leadership in the Senate and for McConnell and his cadre members to step aside. Any gutless, sellout fool can surrender, a statement McConnell has made a career out of validating. We need someone who knows how to fight and win.
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