Meanwhile, Republicans Aren’t Focused On How Corrupt Tr-mp Is. They’re Busy Doing Stuff—In The Dark.

Missouri’s own Claire McCaskill produced a video that has gone viral. In it she calls out Senate Republicans—to their faces—for what they are doing on healthcare. Wouldn’t you know it, it fell on a strong Democratic woman to mount a strong attack against dirty old GOP men.

By now, most of you have seen the three-minute video below, but I urge those who haven’t to watch how Senator McCaskill reduces Orrin Hatch, and by extension the entire Republican Party, to a quivering blob of perspiring, I-got-caught-exposing-myself-in-the-park indecency:


As the great Steve Benen put it:

Even by the low standards of contemporary American politics, the dynamic sounds ridiculous: Congress’ majority party is prepared to overhaul the nation’s health care system, making life-or-death decisions affecting tens of millions of Americans, and senators are writing legislation in secret. No hearings, no amendments, no transparency, no input from subject-matter experts, and no effort at bipartisan negotiation.

A group of conservative men are meeting behind closed doors, crafting a plan that will be brought directly to the floor for a vote. There is no precedent for anything like this in the American tradition.

But it’s precisely what we’re watching unfold.

And while I’ve seen some health care proponents express confidence that the Senate GOP’s secret proposal is doomed to fail, I think that confidence is badly misplaced. Republicans have made considerable progress this week on a far-right plan that may have enough support to pass.

While we all have been, understandably, focused on how corrupt Tr-mp and his administration and the Republican Party are, the GOP’s agenda moves on, an agenda that is not only worse than we, as Democrats, think, but worse than we can think.

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  1. Healthcare, by its nature, has massive momentum. I think that’s a given. You (meaning Congress or the President) can’t change it in a year, much less in one session. I mean, it’s a complex system. So, I can’t help but think that what the GOP’s are doing in those back rooms is going to amount to political suicide. No matter what they come up with, it is going to preserve healthcare’s commercial nature, i.e., its ultimate goal will be primarily money and patient outcomes will be secondary. However painful it may be for a few years, there is a case to be made for letting them jump off the cliff now. Claire surely knows this and is only saying what needs to be said, but she also knows that 2018 and 2020 are coming.

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    • Jim,

      I have sat here and wondered often just what would be better at this point: try to stop the GOP from finishing off Obamacare or just let them do it and make them pay the price for doing so.

      It’s sort of the same dilemma regarding the impeachment of Tr-mp. As long as the threat of impeachment hangs over him, with all the issues involved for which he could be impeached, it is a little bit harder for the GOP to turn its agenda into law (even though they’re trying like hell). The minute he is impeached, he will receive some greater amount of sympathy and Democrats would feel some backlash, if we learned anything from the Clinton impeachment process. Add to that the fact that he would only be stronger if he were impeached and were not convicted in the Senate. Yikes.

      The bottom line is I tend to resist cynicism. I criticized a lot of folks on the far left, like Susan Sarandon, for saying to hell with it and helping Tr-mp get elected so the right could do its damage and the left arise to fix it in some kind of unrealizable “revolution.” I feel the same way about the fight on healthcare. When we say things like, “However painful it may be for a few years, there is a case to be made for letting them jump off the cliff now,” I understand the case to be made, but my understanding of it is clouded by the fact that I, personally, wouldn’t feel much, if any, of the “pain.” I am sure I might state the case differently if it were I who were going to be on the receiving end of years-long hardship. And I hope Claire feels the same way, to tell you the truth, rather than playing a game of cynical politics. We’ve seen so much of that since 2009 that I, for one, am sick of it.

      Duane

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