UPDATE July 20: First, sad news about Senator John McCain. Last night he announced that he has glioblastoma, the form of brain cancer that afflicted the late Massachusetts senator Ted Kennedy. See this CNN story for more:
Please send the senator get-well postcards:
Senator John McCain
2201 East Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Now a broader update. Yes, Trumpcare is dead, and the battle has shifted. Time to defend the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare).
McConnell and Trump have suffered a serious psychic wound over the flaming failure of Trumpcare. They expected to repeal Obamacare easily. It’s mid-July. It’s still law.
They are pissed and determined to do something, anything, to destroy this law. Now they want straight repeal, no replace, on the theory that at least the Republicans agree on the repeal part.
They don’t care that they’ll throw 32 million people off their coverage by 2026, and throw 17 million off their in the next year. They don’t care that they’ll destabilize the health insurance market. Getting a ‘W’ is all they care about and they’re willing to sicken and even kill you for it.
GOP Senators met last night to talk this bullshit over. McConnell intends to hold a motion to proceed vote Tuesday.
Folks, ya gotta keep calling.
First, here are some useful tweets for you:
Selected July 19 tweets from Andy Slavin (@ASlavitt), who ran the ACA, Medicare, and Medicaid under Obama:
6- The moderates in the Senate are under intense pressure. Rumor today is Trump will finance primary candidates against them.
7- So what is happening w the vote? Trump wants arms twisted to get to yes. McConnell obliging. They are NOT just going thru the motions.
8- The health care vote has become blood sport.
9- If next week’s vote fails, they have other plans well, well short of anything bipartisan. Will tweet later about what I’m hearing there.
Select tweets from Angel Padilla, policy director for Indivisible (@AngelRafPadilla):
TRUMPCARE IS FAR FROM DEAD GUYS. Trump and McConnell are STILL trying to get their bill crappy bill through.
Ignore reports that TrumpCare is dead. Stop saying it’s dead. It’s not. At least not yet. This bill needs to die on the Senate floor 9
If we get quiet, McConnell will get his bill through. If we get tired or complacent, McConnell will get
#Trumpcare through 10
TrumpCare is still not dead. Make sure your Senators hear from you today, and tomorrow, and the day after. Until we kill it 11
And select tweets from the peerless Alexandra Erin (@alexandraerin):
That is what makes right now so dangerous, because McConnell has basically made this his own personal white whale.
When he announced full repeal and it immediately came out that he didn’t have the votes and the cry was “Haha, it’s dead”…
…and his reaction was to announce they’re going ahead with the vote anyway? Yeah. He’s past the point of caring about anything but this.
We’re at the part of the movie where the “monster” has been cleared so the hunt is called off but the bounty hunter has invested everything.
In his head he’s justifying it all kinds of ways, saying his donors expect it and he promised and it might save his party/career…
…but the truth is McConnell is just gone, far gone on this. He has passed the point of no return.
We are in full-on “from hell’s heart, I stab at thee. For spite’s sake, I spit my last breath at thee.” territory, babies.
So we’ve got Trump who will sign anything and McConnell who will do anything to give him something to sign, and in the middle, there’s us.
The whole reason they’re so tied up in knots over this is, it wasn’t supposed to be nearly this hard.
They thought it would be a cakewalk. They thought it would be easy. They thought they were going to waltz right through.
And we have stymied them at every turn. We have made them fight each other, made them expose themselves as frauds and sadists and thieves.
Paul Ryan got his bill through his chamber only by burning the Senate with it.
They’ve got both houses and the White House and they are learning that even if they stack the elections, they can’t get around the people.
Don’t get complacent: we have not yet won. But don’t get discouraged: we are winning.
Even when the bills get sunk for not being awful enough, it is our pressure that keeps the mainline from compromising with archconservatives
Take the wins as they come, whether it’s a replacement sunk by the tea party or a repeal bill sunk by the moderates.
The fact that 1) they have to contend to us and 2) can’t get any traction from Democratic appeasement keeps them from finding a compromise.
This is part of why they thought it would be easy: without this public engagement, it would be so easy to cut deals.
The resistance we’ve mustered is unprecedented in this era, and they don’t know what to do.
We keep this up, any number of things might happen. McConnell might resign his position. Or he might fight to stay in power. Either’s good
All we’ve got to do is hold the line. Stand fast like a rock and let the GOP ship break open upon it.
Cry havoc, babies. Cry havoc.
Ready to get back on calling your senators?
Ready to urge your friends to call their senators?
Here’s the umpteenth verse of Fight Trumpcare/Defend the ACA. Sing along if you know the words.
If your senators are solid Dems, call and thank them for standing firm against the BCRA for the last few weeks, and urge them to fight repeal and replace.
If your senators are Republicans, call call call call call and make it damn clear that you want them to FIX the Affordable Care Act, not repeal and replace, and if they do the latter, you will vote for their opponents come reelection time.
See https://trumpcaretoolkit.org for phone numbers and tweetable statistics about health care coverage loss in these senators’ states.
If you can’t wait till tomorrow to stay on top of this matter (and we don’t blame you), try this:
Not following Topher Spiro on Twitter? He’s all over Trumpcare and will have news first. See his tweets here:
Another good person to follow is Andy Slavitt, who ran Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act under Obama. His Twitter handle is:
Lastly, Ben Wikler, Washington, D.C. director at MoveOn, is all over the anti-Trumpcare protests. He’ll know what’s happening first. Follow him here: