Days 123-151: For Whom the Bellwether Tolls

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Now we know. We are riding a wave of progressive anti-Trump energy big enough to panic the GOP, broad enough to swing votes left from their historical trends in several different states, and deep enough for…bupkis. Clearly the midterms will not be an easy sweep; despite manifestly criminal incompetence of the executive, Republicans still (sometimes begrudgingly) back the president.

It’s Go Time

That being said, the midterms are months away and Senate Republicans have finally agreed to expose their Obamacare repeal bill to the light of day. Details are expected tomorrow, with a CBO score coming early next week–the bill careening toward a vote next Thursday. Given passage, House Republicans would no doubt swallow the new version, thus setting up for an actual enactment of this larcenous shit pile of a law. The Senate version is expected to smooth some of the rough edges from the House version while remaining fundamentally unchanged in its design to extract money from the poor and middle class to provide tax cuts for the rich. The proposed cuts to Medicaid are even more draconian than the house bill, exposing the lie that the repeal has anything at all to do with the socialist horrors of Obamacare’s fines for those unwilling to buy insurance (see also: defunding Planned Parenthood–protests expected).

So what to do? We have a few short days to organize. Call those Dems and encourage them to shut down the process. Call those Republicans and tell them you’ll support their eventual opponent. Call those friends who live in other states. Call your professional organizations. Call your mother (not about Obamacare, just call).

 

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