“You know, I could maybe give you 10 reasons why this bill shouldn’t be considered,” Grassley said. “But Republicans campaigned on this so often that you have a responsibility to carry out what you said in the campaign. That’s pretty much as much of a reason as the substance of the bill.” (Des Moines Register 9/20/17)
Chuck Grassley, Senator-for-Life from Iowa, who once upon a time had a reputation for some degree of independence and integrity, just laid bare the hypocritical, dishonest, arrogant, callous disregard for the welfare of everyday Americans (especially Americans who have the nerve to get sick and need medical care) by the Trump GOP in the repeated attempts to “Repeal Obamacare!” with draconian “health care” bills that get worse with each iteration, and which have to be prepared in secret and rushed to a vote before the public finds out how bad they are.
Grassley just admitted that he would robotically vote for any “Repeal!” bill,
no matter what’s in it.
Now we know why seemingly decent people in Congress would purposely vote against the well-being of the average American human being. Now we know why Congressmen who loudly tout “Christian Family Values” are able to so easily toss those values aside when politics requires it.
And now we know why we have to rely on a tiny number of politicians with enough sense of conscience (McCain, Conner, Murkowski in the previous vote) to save us from these reprehensible bills:
It’s all about politics. The public, morality, honor, decency, … be damned.
- Does it matter that there has been no debate on this bill? – Nope. Campaign promise.
- Does it matter that coverage for pre-existing conditions could be waived by the states? – Nope, campaign promise.
- Does it matter that the CBO hasn’t scored it? – Nope. Campaign promise.
- Does it matter that there have been zero hearings and “debate” will be limited to a total of 90 seconds? – Nope. Campaign promise.
- Does it matter that Medical, hospital and insurance groups have spoken out against this bill? – Nope. Campaign promise.
- Does it matter that this bill could destabilize the individual market in most states? – Nope. Campaign promise.
- Does it matter that they are rushing to a vote to prevent a filibuster? – Nope. Campaign promise.
- Does it matter that lower and middle income people will be most at risk? – Nope, we’ll pray for them.
- Does it matter that the existing program has been deliberately sabotaged by lawsuits, obstruction, and now drastic cuts in notifying people of ACA availability? – Nope. Campaign promise.
- Does it matter that many states will lose money for health care immediately, and all will lose after funding is phased out in 2026? – Nope. Campaign promise.
- Does it matter that states could allow waivers for coverage of maternity and childbirth, or mental health and substance abuse treatment? – Nope. Why should men pay for maternity costs?
- Does it matter that you are refiguring one sixth of the US economy with no debate, no scoring, no hearings, no explanations, and no real idea of how it will work, even in the short term? – Nope. Campaign promise.
- Does it matter that the elimination of mandates will cause drastic increases in insurance costs? – Nope. Campaign promise.
- Does it matter that the bill’s sponsors, Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy, have blatantly lied about the waiver process that could eliminate coverage for pre-existing conditions? – Nope. Hillary lied about emails.
Senator Grassley, who has actually called himself a “Donald Trumpster”, is now cementing a legacy of stealing a Supreme Court seat, slavishly supporting an amoral, immoral, hate-mongering, lying President, and possibly ending health care coverage for millions of Americans.
His Iowa cohort, Joni Ernst, along with North Carolina’s Senators Richard Burr (who certainly knows better) and Thom Tillis are sure “Yea” votes on any “Repeal!” bill, looking forward to a televised a pat on the back from the President in the Rose Garden in another victorious “let them eat cake” celebration.
After all, it was a campaign promise, and that fact (along with pleasing a President who couldn’t care less what’s in the bill, and a few billionaire donors who would love to see less money spent on sick people) is all that really counts, as Senator Grassley just confided.
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