In a couple of hours, CNN will be hosting a debate on whether or not the Affordable Care Act of 2010 should be repealed and replaced with a GOP version offered by Senators Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham. While every Democrat has thus far indicated they will not support the passage of the bill, it’s not dead in the pipeline yet, at least technically. Only 51 yes votes are required to pass it, but under the senate rules, the window for a simple majority is available only until September 30th.
The C/G bill has not had no vetting in terms of CBO financial/budgetary scores or substantive hearings, except for one hearing this afternoon. Thus CNN has offered a venue for the public (if one is a subscriber of cable or some streaming bundle packages) to debate the merits of keeping ACA intact for now, or repealing the bill altogether and replacing it with this new bill. The debate will be moderated by Jake Tapper and Dana Bash, and the event starts at 9ET/8CT/6PT.
Update: Senator Susan Collins of Maine has issued a written statement that she opposes the Graham-Cassidy bill.
This post serves as an open thread for other news today as well as liveblogging the event.
Like Obamacare? Maybe not too much. From The Hill: An Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll finds 62 percent of Americans think it is the responsibility of the federal government to ensure Americans have access to coverage. Another 37 percent disagree. Americans were split on the issue along partisan lines. More than 80 percent of Democrats said the federal government has the responsibility to make sure all Americans have healthcare coverage, while about 30 percent of Republicans said the same. The poll was conducted from June 13 to 17 among 1,019 adults. The margin of error is 4.1 percentage points. The poll was … Continue reading →
Photo courtesy of Capitol Fax Birdies–it happened. Capitol Fax (the news from Springfield blog) reported a short time ago that IL legislature this week finally voted to override the disastrous veto of the state budget by Gov Bruce Rauner. While 5 did not vote, 71 were in favor, 42 (all GOP) against. I can’t say that Mike Madigan, the Speaker of the House is the hero on this one. Rep. Reggie Phillips, a Republican from Charleston, said he was “tortured by” the decision whether to override Rauner. Phillips’ district includes Eastern Illinois University, which was hit hard during … Continue reading →
Do you ever notice when Bernie is listening to an opponent or some misguided TV personality makes an unsubstantiated comment that borders unfairness? Bernie’s ears prick up and one can see the waggling of the finger signals that he wants to call that person to the floor where most of us reside. Today I had a similar reaction when I saw this news in the OT and I wanted to bring a little more attention to it. It’s Jason Chaffez’s demand musing that Congress receive housing stipends in addition to their $174,000 annual salary, free gym, and heavily subsidized health … Continue reading →
This week, Hannity and Hume rushed to tell us that colluding with Putin to subvert the results of an American election is entirely legal. The National Review thinks evidence of collusion would be “an enormous calamity” for Trump and lead to impeachment if Democrats win Congress. But, they don’t think there’s anything wrong about collusion, they just think it’s a “dead-end” argument to talk about legality. Let’s set aside, for a moment, all the state, federal or campaign finance laws that might have been broken. Or even the Foreign Agents Registration Act. Let’s set aside the fact that Trump asked for help from “Russia, if … Continue reading →