For seven years Republican leadership begged and pleaded with conservatives to rally behind them to repeal Obamacare. The Tea Party movement was founded for that very reason. The GOP was able to manipulate the movement and use the political uprising to gain control of the House, Senate, and finally the Presidency in 2016, although President Trump was not the first choice of GOP leadership. Now Republican leadership is facing a massive backlash for not supporting legislative efforts they claimed they wanted to undertake when they had no power, but are scared or incapable of undertaking now that they do have power.
The vote was not what everyone wanted, but it was at least a start towards the legislative agenda laid out by the President. Obamacare premiums were killing those with insurance, and many major insurers were leaving the exchanges because of the astronomical costs. The
“Skinny Repeal” would be a step in the right direction of repairing the epidemic damage done to the healthcare system by Obamacare. Then it came time to vote, and three Republican Senators sank the effort.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) is likely to run for Governor so she had nothing to lose. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) just doesn’t like the President and is unlikely to agree with anything the President wants to do. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) had no reason to vote against the skinny repeal of Obamacare, especially given her history.
Murkowski’s vote was stunning. The Senator had written a stinging op-ed about the law’s harmful repercussions on Alaskans. The op-ed discusses the double digit premium hikes and thousands of Alaskans kicked off their insurance because…
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