Folks the difference between the bill before the 4th of July recess and this one is so different in terms of the reaction from the papers, the left and Democrats. This bill has nuked their argument completely about Republicans only caring about the rich. Leaving the taxes in place was truly a brilliant idea!
Once again Rand Paul and Susan Collins are GONE and won’t be coming back. That is okay as long as we don’t have one more defector.
There are 4 Republicans that we need to be concerned about.
Shelley Moore Capito (WV)
Rob Portman (OH)
John Hoeven (ND)
Dean Heller (NV)
I separated Heller because his reasoning is very different than the other 3. In my mind, the other 3 will be yeses as long as a few more billion are added to the opioid portion of the bill. Mitch has done a good job of getting that amount up to $45 billion. Also our President won those 3 states by wide margins in November 2016.
WV he won 67.9% to 26.2% (a margin of 41.7%)
ND he won 63% to 27.2% (a margin of 35.8%)
OH he won 51.3% to 43.2% (a margin of 8.1%)
Dean Heller from NV happens to be the only one up for reelection in 2018 in a state that HRC won by a margin of 2.4% (47.9% to 45.5%). The other issue for him is that the Republican Governor, Brian Sandoval, is completely against the revised bill as well as the other Democrat Senator, Catherine Cortez Masto and a possible Democrat foe by the name of Rep. Dina Titus.
Getting Heller on-board will completely seal the deal! The good news is that he will remain the only holdout which will put the pressure of the United States on his shoulders. I think the head of the RNC will get involved by promising full support for his reelection and millions and millions of dollars. Our President will tell him that he will back him and won’t look to primary his ass as well as promising to live in NV with him campaigning for his reelection bid. He will also tell him that his PAC run by Katrina Pierson will also supply millions and millions of dollars for his campaign.
Will it be enough? We will know over the next few days but my gut tells me it will!
From the article linked above:
Rep. Dina Titus, a Las Vegas Democrat also eyeing the Senate race, said on her Twitter account that Heller should “man up” and vote against the motion to bring the bill to the floor for debate next week.
Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nev., called the revised bill a “sham” and said if passed, “thousands of Nevadans and millions of Americans across the country would lose access to quality, affordable health care.”
“This is simply unacceptable,” Cortez Masto said.
Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval said the new Senate bill hasn’t changed much from the earlier version. His reaction: “great concern.”
A Republican, Sandoval said his principal concern remains that the GOP bill would phase out financing for the Medicaid expansion. About 200,000 Nevadans received coverage under the expansion.
“They’re living healthier and happier lives as a result of their receiving coverage,” Sandoval said. “And for them to lose that … would be very hurtful for them.”
From the article linked above:
Throughout the day McConnell huddled in his office with holdouts, including Dean Heller of Nevada, the most endangered Senate Republican in next year’s midterms, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Rob Portman of Ohio and John Hoeven of North Dakota.
The lawmakers wanted details and numbers on how the bill would affect rural and Medicaid-dependent people in their states. All had opposed McConnell’s earlier bill, but this time around several exited their meetings saying they were undecided and needed more time to evaluate the legislation.
The new bill contains language demanded by conservative Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas letting insurers sell plans with minimal coverage, as long as they also sell policies that meet strict coverage requirements set by Obama’s 2010 statute.
The rewritten package would add $70 billion to the $112 billion McConnell originally sought that states could use to help insurers curb the growth of premiums and consumers’ other out-of-pocket costs. And it has an added $45 billion for states to combat the misuse of drugs like opioids.