Your president has changed his message so many times on Obamacare, it’s hard to keep it all straight. He’s veered wildly from asserting he had a “beautiful” health plan ready to go, saying that Obamacare should be replaced with a Republican alternative, saying it should be repealed first and replaced within hours or days, and so on. But, really, what difference does it make? Don’t burn any calories trying to decipher today’s “message”, because it will certainly change by the time you’ve done it.
But, for the record, here’s Tweety’s current wisdom:
Tweety wants to accomplish something, anything at all, really, to add to his non-existent list of already-accomplished accomplishments.
The phrasing is kind of odd, though, suggesting “Republicans should…”. Shouldn’t that be “We should…” or “”We Republicans”? I suppose this is what happens when you only give yourself 140 characters to enunciate policy and couldn’t be bothered about working with legislators to understand the details of what you’re offering.
Or maybe it’s just another way to distance yourself from those losing losers who will be blamed for not delivering on the “promise” that swept them all into office.
Remember? They all promised to take away health insurance from the tens of millions who were able to acquire it after the A.C.A. was passed seven years ago (oh, and cut taxes for rich people who don’t have to worry about coverage). And all their ecstatic constituents waved their flags and chanted “lock her up” at the prospect. So much winning.
Problem is, many of those same constituents have started to rub the pixie-dust from their eyes and have woken up to the reality of what’s about to happen, even though Mitch McConnell did his best to ram the whole scam into law without anyone knowing what they were voting for, even his fellow senators.
According to this Failing New York Times piece, entitled Old Truth Trips Up G.O.P. on Health Law: A Benefit Is Hard to Retract , Susan Collins, Republican (in name only) from Maine,
“said she was besieged by constituents who urged her to oppose the Republican plan: a conservative Republican who was worried about the impact on her grandson, who has cystic fibrosis; a small-business owner in a town where the hospital depends on Medicaid for more than 60 percent of its revenues and is the second-largest employer; a working single mother and her 9-year-old daughter who, for the first time in the girl’s life, were both able to get affordable insurance.”
Interestingly, most of the Republican opposition in the Senate is not of the Collins variety, though. Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas, are opposing the bill because it’s still too “generous”. They want not only to repeal Obamacare, but completely gut Medicaid as well.
For the moment, the repeal effort is dead and Tweety will have to accomplish something else instead. On the plus side, he’s doing very well in the polls. His approval rating dropped to a record low 36%, but he noted that that’s almost 40%! Not too bad!
Tweety, you’re the best and no one can deny it. Everyone loves you.