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With Late Night Vote-o-Rama, GOP Takes Aim at Key Healthcare Gains


With Late Night Vote-o-Rama, GOP Takes Aim at Key Healthcare Gains

Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

Early Thursday, Senate Republicans took the first step toward repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, overcoming a slew of Democratic amendments meant to defend popular parts of the law and setting the stage for tens of millions of Americans to lose their health insurance.


A friend of mine was talking with a person who favored the repeal of Obamacare.
The person said he did not need Obamacare because he obtained his insurance under the Affordable Care Act instead.

"I love the uneducated"


I think this is all driven by the fact that Republicans have never gotten over the shock that America elected a black president. There is no other rationale to support what they are doing that fits the facts as well, especially when you consider that the ACA was essentially, originally, a Republican idea.


That's priceless! Reminds me of the tea partyer that wanted to keep the government's hands off her Medicare.


Well, for goodness sake, this story must be fake news. All us lefties know, yes, we just know that there is no difference between democrats and republicans.


It is a shame the Obama administration did not fight for single-payer in the first place and instead opted for this corporate friendly and costly alternative that, although something of an improvement over what did exist, no one actually likes. That being said, what the Republicans are doing now is a travesty that will hurt an enormous number of people who are currently covered. The real question is how much is the electorate willing to tolerate until we see a tipping point and a extremely intense negative reaction to this endless abuse. While the level of control we have in this system is almost none existent, once realized that in and of itself can lead to radical and very likely dangerous change.


We've got our radical and dangerous change. Except for progressives who just see same old same old.


Why are the insurance companies OK with this? After all, they are going to lose 20 million paying customers. I'd like some insight into that aspect. This was dreamed up by the Heritage Foundation, not exactly known as a socialist haven.


Could you not see this coming? Clinton was a joke as a candidate and the laugh is on the democrats who thought she could squeak through and be elected. Now we have the clown in charge and it is ugly indeed. Half way measures are simply no longer acceptable.


"The 51-48 vote, taken around 1:00am..." Funny how behavior changes. When Dems are in majority, Republicans will unionize and stage a walkout. But when they are in majority they stay late. Funny how this works. At least we taxpayers dont have to pay for overtime. We would probably have to drop a million considering how much their self granted pay is.


Half way measures are no longer possible. Enjoy.


Maybe, just maybe, the ACA was not just for insurance companies. The didn't need it. They won't need it, progressive dogma not withstanding.


That is because the Dems are all talk and no action.
When they had a majority they did nothing.
Like Obama, they talk a good game but in reality are doing what their Corporate Masters tell them to do and everything else is for show.


bystander, are you a comedian by profession? The Dems gave 20 million people health insurance and that is NOT "nothing." Did you read the article? Of course Medicare for All would have been nice. Yes, it's fun to dream that things like that were or are possible, but dreams and reality are different in case you have not noticed.


Life is very simple if you're a bystander.


MLK also had a dream.
If we accept only what Our Corporate Masters want to bestow on us, then we might as well not even dream and just accept our lot in life.
And you are right about reality. The Democratic Party is controlled by their Corporate Masters and That is the Reality and That is the reason that we do not have Medicare for All.


Amen. We all know what denying the extension of Medicaid along with the ACA was a way to call the president "boy". (i.e. "We don't need no Medicaid extension boy.")

We all know the dog whistle language (take "America Back") the constant disparaging of any "black movement" like BLM.

It is all part of the Southern Strategy. And like Lee Atwater said back in '81.

You start out in 1954 by saying, “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968 you can’t say “nigger”—that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states’ rights, and all that stuff, and you’re getting so abstract. Now, you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites.… “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, uh, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “Nigger, nigger.”

And Ronny complied with his Neshoba County Fair speech "I believe in states' rights."

(Miss my Purple Mountains)


Yep. Called my Sen. (Red State). Asked, "what does the GOP pose to replace the ACA with" (in condensed version 1000 pages).


She said to go here: So in 8 years, they came up with 4 ideas totaling less than 100 words. Brilliant.


Good news! Republicans are now in complete control of all branches of government. Democrats are out of the game. They can't block anything! Single payer, Medicare for All is on the way!


Whatever you are on,
I want some!

It will take our minds off of Donald Trump and the dismal state of our government.