[USA] McConnell and healthcareFrom: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Dictator's Handbook
Jun 28 2017 19:47:24
Hey Mitch McConnell, you goggle-eyed bastard: go suck a bag of dicks.
WASHINGTON — Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader,
has long enjoyed a reputation as a master tactician. But when it comes
to repealing the Affordable Care Act, he seems to have miscalculated in
the first round of play.
He assumed that his conservative and moderate colleagues would come
together to make good on their seven-year promise to repeal the health
care law, and quickly.
But when he assembled a group of senators to cobble together a health
care bill last month, he seemed to go out of his way to exclude some of
the most knowledgeable members and moderate voices on health care, like
Senators Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, a doctor, and Susan Collins of
Maine, an insurance expert and one of the few women in the Senate
Republican conference. Views outside of Mr. McConnell’s on health care
did not receive extensive consideration.
When Republicans from states that had expanded their Medicaid programs
quickly found themselves at odds with more conservative members who
wanted a large rollback of Medicaid, Mr. McConnell did little to allay
those worries. Conservatives generally wanted to rein in costs while
moderate members wanted to increase spending, particularly in states
where health care costs are high and opioid addiction is escalating.
On those key issues, Mr. McConnell put his legislative thumb on the
scale in favor of conservatives, quickly alienating many senators from
states that had expanded Medicaid, such as Senator Lisa Murkowski of
Alaska, as well as Ms. Collins, who became an early and vocal opponent
of the bill.
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