It was not a good Monday for President Trump or Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Tuesday is not shaping up to be any better.
Last night, after more than enough Republican Senators announced their opposition to McConnell’s Trumpcare bill to kill it, Trump tweeted out a call to end Obamacare and its lifesaving protections with no replacement. McConnell quickly got in line with the president’s delusional plan, releasing a statement calling for a vote on what has been dubbed “repeal and go f*ck yourself” — a move that would rob 32 million Americans of their health coverage.
McConnell can only afford to lose two Republicans. He has already lost three.
Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), the second Republican to oppose McConnell’s last plan, reminded her party’s leader that she voted against this idea two years ago and remains opposed to it today:
Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), who had not announced her position on the last bill said she “did not come to Washington to hurt people” — the harshest and most accurate rebuke from a Senate Republican yet:
Finally, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) reiterated opposition she expressed in January, saying repeal without replace would only lead to “chaos and confusion.”
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) 18. јул 2017.
She’s not wrong. Although she may have also stumbled onto the perfect nicknames for McConnell and Trump. “Chaos and confusion” seems to be the perfect description of Republican “leadership” right now.
This is a major victory for the resistance and anyone who believes that healthcare ought to be a right for all of us not a privilege for the wealthy few. Still, much work lies ahead. So let’s celebrate but not get ahead of ourselves. A Rose Garden ceremony with beer trucked in would definitely be premature.