Ok, ok, they are the scum of the earth, bigoted, racist, misogynist assholes the lot.
They are a lot more reliable than Neo Liberal Centrists (who are of course reliable in their own way, which is they’d sell their own children for a magic bean) because they actually believe that flat earth reprehensible cow manure they spout.
It is a sad indictment of Neo Liberalism that the nail in the coffin of Trumpcare is delivered by 3 deluded fascists and only the one “No Labels” moderate, but I’ll take a win however it comes.
Four Republicans block Obamacare repeal bill in Senate
By Burgess Everett and Jennifer Haberkorn, Politico
Republican Sens. Mike Lee and Jerry Moran said Monday night they will join two other senators to oppose the Obamacare repeal bill, dooming the GOP initiative in the Senate.
Republican leaders could only afford to lose two senators on the procedural motion to start debate on the bill. Lee and Moran would join Sens. Susan Collins and Rand Paul in opposition to the version of the bill currently before the Senate.
But with four senators declared “no” votes – and several more undecided – Senate Republicans wouldn’t have enough votes to even start debate on repealing Obamacare, the campaign promise they have made to voters for seven years.
“In addition to not repealing all of the Obamacare taxes, it doesn’t go far enough in lowering premiums for middle class families; nor does it create enough free space from the most costly Obamacare regulations,” Lee said of the Senate legislation.
Moran criticized the closed-door process for developing the bill and criticized the legislation for not repealing the entire 2010 health law.
“We should not put our stamp of approval on bad policy,” he said in a statement. “We must now start fresh with an open legislative process to develop innovative solutions that provide greater personal choice, protections for pre-existing conditions, increased access and lower overall costs for Kansans.”
Health Care Overhaul Collapses as Two Republican Senators Defect
By THOMAS KAPLAN and ROBERT PEAR, The New York Times
JULY 17, 2017
Republican Senators Jerry Moran of Kansas and Mike Lee of Utah declared Monday night they would oppose the Senate Republican bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, for now killing a seven-year-old promise to overturn President Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement.
“There are serious problems with Obamacare, and my goal remains what it has been for a long time: to repeal and replace it,” Mr. Moran said in a statement. “This closed-door process unfortunately has yielded the” Senate repeal bill, which he asserted, “failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act or address health care’s rising costs.”
The two senators coordinated their statements Monday night to have maximum impact. Already two other Republicans, Susan Collins of Maine, a moderate, and Rand Paul of Kentucky, a conservative, had declared their opposition to the latest version of the Senate repeal bill, which was unveiled last week. That left Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, on a knife’s edge, unable to absorb a single other defection.
By jumping together, Mr. Moran and Mr. Lee ensured no one would be the definitive “no” vote.
I’ll stop right there to point out that Heller, Murkowski, Capito, Portman, and Hoven, were too cowardly to do the same, though now you can surely expect them to join the “me too” chorus.
The bad news is that now we’ll hear the calls for “bi-partisanship” which Democrats will jump on to resuscitate the Republicans because if they don’t have “lesser-evilism” there is no reason for them to exist at all.
Update: McConnell advocates complete repeal.