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Republican ObamaCare Repeal Argument: Vote with Us, This is Our Last Chance

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Republicans on Capitol Hill are telling their still-wavering Senate colleagues the best reason for voting for the effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare is that this is GOP’s last chance, and failure will hand congress to Democrats in 2018.

Republicans say they understand the bill from Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is not perfect or even better than previous repeal and replace efforts that failed in the U.S. Senate, but GOP insiders say their best argument for passage remains 2018.

“Look, lets face facts. This bill is not the best but right now, we do not have time to do anything else. We just need to pass something otherwise, we cannot go back home to our constituents and tell them we failed on the #1 promise we made them during the last election,” a GOP insider told The Liberal Advocate News Tuesday afternoon.

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“If we cannot get ObamaCare repeal and replace bill through both chambers, then how do we ask them to vote for us again?”

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday that “this is our best last chance to repeal and replace ObamaCare. Period.”

When asked why senators should vote for Graham-Cassidy bill, Senate Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said “this is the only chance we are going to have to repeal and replace ObamaCare. After this, we can’t repeal it. That is why we need to vote for this bill.”

Even Sen. Graham, one of the main sponsors of the bill said “Speaker Ryan (Paul Ryan) told me if you pass this bill in the Senate, we pass this bill in the House. If we don’t pass this, we are looking at socialized healthcare.”

That is one heck of an argument for pushing through a bill likely to affect one-sixth of the U.S. economy.

Expert Senate vote counters say the current bill has 48 solid Yes votes, meaning it cannot afford to lose more than two senators.

Even Sen. Graham, one of the main sponsors of the bill said “Speaker Ryan (Paul Ryan) told me if you pass this bill in the Senate, we pass this bill in the House. If we don’t pass this, we are looking at socialized healthcare.”

Currently all eyes are on three Republican senators who voted against the last GOP ObamaCare repeal bill in July – Sens. John McCain (Ariz.), Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska).

Sen. McCain whose dramatic thumbs-down (No) vote in July killed the hopes of those trying to push that bill through, appears to be wavering this time around.

Experts believe that is not because the new bill is significantly better than the previous legislation or that Sen. McCain’s conditions that led to the earlier No vote was met this time around. The difference is who is sponsoring this current bill – John McCain’s BFF in the Senate, Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

McCain also signaled that his decision may hinge on how Arizona governor Doug Ducey came down on the bill. Earlier this week Ducey came down on the side of repeal and replace.

Most experts do not expect McCain to vote against his best friend but he has repeatedly objected to the process and so far he seems to be wavering, although experts believe he may be leaning more towards the Yes column.

He later said though Gov. Ducey’s opinion is “helpful,” he intends to bid his time and make a decision later.

That shifts the focus to Sens. Collins and Murkowski. Sen. Ran Paul (R-KY) has indicated that he is a solid No and Sen. Collins said this morning she is leaning No. If Murkowski votes No as well, the bill is dead.

Unlike Sen McCain, a few GOP governors do not appear to have problems publicly objecting to the Graham-Cassidy bill.

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GOP strategist John Weaver, a close ally and adviser to Ohio Republican governor John Kasich tweeted this week that Gov. Kasich and John W. Hickenlooper of Colorado were right to object to the bill.

Hickenlooper tweeted that it is time to “reject yet another attempt to repeal” the Affordable Care.

For his part, Kasich said legislators “need to fix what is broken, stabilize the markets and strengthen the system” instead of embarking on repeal and replace.

Senate Republicans are so desperate to pass this last ditch effort they are not willing to wait for the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to score the bill.



Editor, The Liberal Advocate News




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