This week’s healthcare: Swampcare meets its final test
Senate leadership unveiled its latest health care bill and it’s simply … terrible. Apparently, the GOP loved Obamacare this whole time.
A version of Ted Cruz’s amendment to let insurance companies offer cheaper, less-regulated plans made it in … for now, at least.
The bill may not even have enough votes to even get to the floor. Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has already said he’s voting against it (because it doesn’t repeal Obamacare), and a few liberal Republicans are still on the fence.
We’ll get a price tag on Monday, and Mitch McConnell wants a vote sometime next week. But it also appears that the majority leader could be setting up conservatives for a big fall.
On an episode of CRTV’s Capitol Hill Brief, I break down what’s going on and why Republicans can’t seem to figure out how to fully repeal Obamacare:
This week’s new phrase:
Collins pushing for Schumercare?
Liberal Republican Senator Susan Collins thinks that Republicans should go ahead and move left on health care.
Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and other Democrats agree, as the GOP’s plan is much closer to the Dems’ than a full repeal.
This week’s insight:
“The majority leader is not up to the job.”
This week’s military spending:
The Republican-controlled House voted Thursday to fund sex-change surgeries and to fight against the weather. No, really.
This week’s secret spending:
The federal government is on the hook for $3.5 trillion, and you don’t/can’t know where it’s going.
The federal gov't currently owes $3.5 TRILLION that it doesn’t have to fund the deep state’s retirement plan, and the average taxpayer isn’t even allowed to know where that money is going!Posted by CRTV on Thursday, July 13, 2017
This week’s wall watchers:
Freedom Caucus Chair Mark Meadows says there are enough votes to shut down the government if Congress doesn’t fund Trump’s border wall. And Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks promised to filibuster a wall-free budget with the Bible, if elected to the Senate.
Meanwhile, illegal immigration is back on the rise.
Meanwhile, without the wall:
A seven-time deported illegal immigrant has been charged with the death of a Nebraska man.
Meanwhile, a lack of movement on Trump’s campaign promises is likely driving illegal immigration back up.
Speaking of which … a food stamp loophole that favored illegals under Obama is still hanging around.
Today’s election watch:
Looks like someone’s prepping for a POTUS run. Elizabeth Warren is amassing quite the war chest. Meanwhile, 75-year-old socialist Senator Bernie Sanders says he isn’t ruling out a 2020 run for president.
Establishment McConnell is gunning hard against conservatives Roy Moore and Mo Brooks in Alabama’s special-election Republican primary for Senate.
And Kid Rock – yes, THAT one – dropped a major hint about a potential Senate run.
This week’s shiny object:
Speaker Ryan changed the House dress code after reporters spent a couple of days complaining about it. Priorities. Ryan knows priorities.
This week’s eye-roll:
Former President Obama is still dabbling in politics. Later this week, he’ll be appearing at a private fundraiser to help Democrats tinker with election maps across the country. (Aren’t Dems supposed to hate gerrymandering?)
This week’s weird bathroom battle:
Congress and the District of Columbia are currently in a dispute over the labeling of wet wipes leading to clogged toilets in the Swamp. You can’t make this up, folks.
This week’s Scalise update:
The House Majority whip is out of the ICU, though still in serious condition.
Off the Hill:Facebook.
Democrats are trying to take Franken's case to the place where allegations go to die.
"They're slamming it to millions of Americans ... because they will not cut government."