Friday, March 24, 2017

Babble--before a vote?

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi

1:30 pm in Washington, D.C.  

10:30 am in California.  

I'm listening to Sean Spicer babble in response to questions from the media.

2 pm in Washington.  I'm listening to news commentators fill space while waiting for the vote that dt insists has to be today or never.  They're saying it will happen at 3:30 pm.

MSNBC says that Paul Ryan's rushed trip to the White House at 1:45 pm is a sign that "repeal and replace" is not happening.  Word is that Ryan was "frank" with dt.

3:30 pm in Washington.  No vote.  Closed door meeting of all Republicans.  MSNBC said today is "the most consequential day in Trump's presidency."  Count is 34 House Republicans saying they will vote NO on ACHA.  

3:35 Bill is pulled.  Vote will not be today.  Even dt does not want to embarrass all those GOP folks in the House.

I loved Nancy Pelosi's comment yesterday that dt is "a rookie" who doesn't know that first you line up the support, then you schedule the vote.  Not vice versa.

Here's a full quote from Vox:

Plan A was to hold a vote on the AHCA for March 23, a date that was picked well before Republicans had rounded up the necessary votes or even finalized the bill’s text. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi today characterized this as a “rookie mistake” on Trump’s part, though as she also said, the calendar appears to have been driven by symbolism. The original Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) was passed on March 23, 2010, after more than a year of agonizing debate, and Republicans liked the idea of passing repeal on its seventh anniversary.

The Democrats worked on the details of the Affordable Care Act for more than a year.  President Obama participated in the writing of it.  Back in the '90s Hilary and Bill Clinton began serious work on trying to get a health care bill.

But now the Republicans throw something together in a few weeks, Trump okays it, and both houses of Congress are supposed to vote on it--today. 

"Or else" says dt.  

What a joke.

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