The Open Thread for June 26, 2017

Playbook: “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is going to have to cajole and lean on moderate and conservative senators to find enough votes. While he may be able to tweak the bill on the margins to bring some of the lawmakers on board — and lawmakers will be able to add amendments to the underlying bill text — it’s unclear if he’ll be able to thread the needle for passage next week. As we wrote earlier this week, McConnell is going to put this bill up for a vote no matter what — he wants lawmakers on the record.”

But, opposition is growing.   “Senate Republican leaders scrambled Sunday to rally support for their health care bill even as opposition continued to build outside Congress and two Republican senators questioned whether the bill would be approved this week,” the New York Times reports.

“Senate Republican leaders were trying to lock down Republican votes by funneling money to red states, engineering a special deal for Alaska and arguing that they could insure more people at a lower cost than the House, which passed a repeal bill last month. But the forces arrayed against the Republican push to dismantle President Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement are formidable.”

Washington Post: “At least five Republicans have already come out against their party’s bill — which can only afford to lose two votes — and over the weekend more began expressing serious reservations and skepticism about the proposal, saying they would like more time to debate and tweak the plan.”

Mike Allen: “At least 10 Republican senators have expressed reservations, and the White House and GOP leaders can only lose two. That’s why our handicappers have suddenly gone from ‘more likely than not’ to ‘coin flip.’”

Washington Post: “A small group of moderate Republican senators, worried that their leaders’ health-care bill could damage the nation’s social safety net, may pose at least as significant an obstacle to the measure’s passage as their colleagues on the right. The vast changes the legislation would make to Medicaid, the country’s broadest source of public health insurance, would represent the largest single step the government has ever taken toward conservatives’ long-held goal of reining in federal spending on health-care entitlement programs in favor of a free-market system.”

“That dramatic shift and the bill’s bold redistribution of wealth — the billions of dollars taken from coverage for the poor would help fund tax cuts for the wealthy — is creating substantial anxiety for several Republican moderates whose states have especially benefited from the expansion of Medicaid that the Affordable Care Act has allowed since 2014.”

Politico: “The most hardline conservatives in the House are taking an unusually cautious approach to the Senate’s Obamacare replacement, promising to keep an open mind about whatever their colleagues across the Capitol send back. It’s a change in strategy for the House Freedom Caucus. When House leaders first released a health care bill in February, for instance, group members took to television talk shows to pan the plan as ‘Obamacare lite,’ furious that it didn’t, in their eyes, do enough to unravel the 2010 health care law.

“They also threatened to withhold their support until changes were made, and later won concessions. For now, those hardball tactics have disappeared. As the Senate looks to pass its own health care legislation this week, those same House conservatives are taking a more measured approach — even as several conservatives in the Senate are currently balking at the bill.”

Associated Press on rumors of the imminent retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy: “To be sure, Kennedy has given no public sign that he will retire this year and give President Donald Trump his second high court pick in the first months of his administration. Kennedy’s departure would allow conservatives to take firm control of the court. But Kennedy turns 81 next month and has been on the court for nearly 30 years. Several of his former law clerks have said they think he is contemplating stepping down in the next year or so. Kennedy and his clerks were gathering over the weekend for a reunion that was pushed up a year and helped spark talk he might be leaving the court.”

“Ending one the most turbulent tenures of a Washington-based ambassador in recent memory, the Kremlin has decided to recall its ambassador to the United States Sergey Kislyak,” three individuals familiar with the decision tell BuzzFeed News.

“The decision to bring Kislyak back to Russia rather than appoint him to a senior position at the United Nations in New York, as several outlets previously reported, comes amid investigations by the FBI and Congress into the 66-year-old diplomat’s contacts with President Donald Trump’s top aides during the 2016 presidential campaign.”

Said one diplomat: “He could use some time away.”  I suspect he will be dead in a matter of weeks.

President Donald Trump has now officially become the first president in nearly two decades to not host an iftar dinner marking the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Instead of continuing with the tradition that began under President Bill Clinton, Trump and First Lady Melania Trump released a statement wishing “warm greetings to Muslims as they celebrate Eid al-Fitr.” Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims around the world abstain from eating and drinking from dawn until dusk.

Confirmation that the White House won’t commemorate Ramadan comes shortly after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also raised eyebrows by refusing to host the annual Ramadan event at the State Department.


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12 comments on “The Open Thread for June 26, 2017

  1. cassandram

    You can’t ban Muslims if you are officially recognizing and celebrating their holidays, silly.

    • delacrat

      Trump’s predecessors, from Clinton to Obama, were comfortable with killing Muslims while “officially recognizing and celebrating their holidays”.

      • cassandram

        They were not killing all Muslims, they pretty much targeted those that were threats to the US. This was not a perfect targeting, but there was a discernible focus beyond “banning all Muslims”.

        • delacrat

          “….they pretty much targeted those that were threats to the US.” – cassandram

          Well that’s “pretty much” how every American warmonger rationalizes every American war.

          • cassandram

            Well that’s “pretty much” how you purists rationalize the security you take for granted.

            I don’t want my government to be in the business of killing anyone. But I can make peace with the government taking out people who are involved with trying to hurt us.

            • delacrat

              So now you’re with the Bushes, Trumps, and Obombas. What caused you to go wrong ?

              • cassandram

                I’m not wrong. I’m aware of the price of some safety. Unlike you who think that your entitlements are just free.

                • delacrat

                  “… security…”…”taking out people:, “… entitlements…” – cassandram

                  Do you realize just how Republican your vocabulary has become ?

                  • cassandram

                    Is that all you’ve got? really? Just because you can’t figure out how to not look like you’ve no clue? A word of advice — you’ll want to STFU before continuing to confirm that you are one more over-entitled and under-informed troll.

  2. Re TrumpCare, here’s an informative brief history of efforts to reform our health care system, starting in the 1930s. The title says it all — Republicans came up with the idea of the individual mandate, but instead of embracing it when the ACA made it law, they rejected it, and now have no workable ideas for stablilizing health insurance markets.

    • cassandram

      Much of the ACA is based on a Republican idea to provide more coverage for Americans and much of that GOP idea was implemented in Massachusetts by Mitt Romney. Their best shot is already the law of the land and I doubt that they ever gave any thought to either improving on that idea or in coming up with another.

  3. anonymous redux

    I think delacrat is about 17 years old.

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