ELDER PATRIOT – Left to his own devices Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would not have scheduled the procedural vote for next Tuesday that is necessary to move to the vote to repeal Obamacare.
McConnell, a big government Republican, would’ve been content with telling the President Trump he didn’t have the votes and then moving on to undermining the next aspect of the president’s agenda.
President Trump let McConnell know that if he failed to move the repeal bill to a vote the president would use the full force of his bully pulpit to place the blame squarely on the Senate majority leader. Trump demanded that McConnell hold the Senators who where opposing the repeal legislation declare so publicly so as to be held accountable before the American voters.
It’s important to remember that Trump doesn’t have must trust in McConnell. McConnell never supported Trump when he was a candidate, or after he became his party’s presidential nominee. Trump didn’t wake up on the morning of January 20th believing that the Senate majority leader was suddenly a political ally.
Trump viewed McConnell as another politician that was part of the swamp he had promised to drain.
So after McConnell failed to get any form of legislative health care improvement through the Senate, Trump demanded that the American people know exactly who the Republican obstructionists were and dropped that hammer on McConnell.
Fearing for his own electoral life, McConnell scheduled the motion to proceed for this coming Tuesday giving him a window of time to peel off one of the three women who have declared their devotion to preserving Obamacare.
The three GOP Senators who wanted to prevent the vote on repealing Obamacare are Susan Collins, Shelley Moore Capito and Lisa Murkowski.
Without a vote they’d have gotten a free pass. Trump wants the American people to know who the Republicans are that are standing in the way of repeal and he outmaneuvered McConnell to get that vote. This is another step in draining the swamp.
Susan Collins never joined her Republican colleagues when they repeatedly voted to repeal Obamacare while Obama was president so at least she is consistent. But, the reason she gave this time though is disingenuous at best: “I believe it would cause the insurance markets to go into turmoil.” The fact is there are no insurance markets left.
Let her explain to her constituents how they are better off now than they were 7 years ago before the federal takeover that priced healthcare beyond the reach of most Americans.
Murkowski and Capito both voted to send a repeal bill to Obama in 2015. Now they will be forced to explain to their constituents how Obamacare has improved their lives over the past two years. That should be interesting.
Draining the swamp is slow tedious work. Keep the faith. Trump has figured out their game and is now beating them at it.