HEALTH CARE: McCain reaches for Dems; Simple “repeal’ emerges; Trump/Pence agree; Martosko – Let it fail; Boyle – Senate bill died; Durden – McConnell shifts; Hannity Free Market option.
LEADS: Athey – Ukraine; Ritter – OJ time; Richardson – Bike tax.
RECOMMENDED: Mark Levin 07-17-17.
1. McCain suddenly feels better, wants to reach out to Democrats.
2. McConnell may attempt a vote on simple “repeal.”
3. Trump wants a repeal vote. Pence agrees.
David Martosko, UK Daily Mail: “’Let Obamacare fail!’ Trump promises eventual replacement for medical insurance law after Senate bill collapses – but says it will require current system to fall apart first
- President is predicting that a collapse of the Obamacare system will be the catalyst that propels Congress to action on a replacement
- Fifty votes were needed to pass a Senate replacement bill but enough Republicans defected Monday night to doom it
- Most likely scenario now is a straight ‘repeal’ vote that would take effect in two years, giving lawmakers time to craft a new system
- Trump said Monday night that the GOP should repeal Obamacare first and ‘start from a clean slate’
- But now he’s also predicting that even without a ‘repeal’ vote the current system will fail on its own
- That matches predictions he has made since midway through his White House campaign
In March he declared in the Oval Office that ‘the best thing we can do politically speaking is let Obamacare explode’
Matthew Boyle, Breitbart: “As Senate Bill Dies, President Trump, Mitch McConnell Call for Clean Repeal of Obamacare Now, Replacement Later”
“President Donald J. Trump is calling on congressional Republicans to drop their failed efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare in one fell swoop and instead pass a clean repeal of the failed health care overhaul from the previous administration now and push through a bipartisan replacement plan later.
“Trump’s tweet on Monday evening comes after two more Senate Republicans–Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Jerry Moran (R-KS)–joined Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Susan Collins (R-ME), together crushing a plan from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
“McConnell’s plan, which has hit a number of roadblocks, failed to garner enough GOP support to pass the Senate. The latest iteration of the bill–the third overall, incorporating a watered-down version of an amendment from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)–was put on hold over the weekend after plans to hold a vote this week were delayed because Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) underwent a craniotomy surgical procedure in Arizona. McCain’s vote would have been needed to pass the bill, but with Lee and Moran now against the legislation, the bill would fail even with his vote.
“Lee’s and Moran’s public statements against the Senate bill kill it once and for all.
“McConnell is now saying he will support Trump’s idea of passing clean repeal of Obamacare now and a replacement of Obamacare later. The legislation for a clean repeal of Obamacare has already passed both chambers of Congress in 2015, with a majority in the House and in the Senate voting for it.
“It’s hard to imagine the clean repeal of Obamacare–the 2015 bill–would fail in the House or the Senate, given that most of the GOP members in both chambers have already voted for it.
From here, it is unclear as of yet what the timeline will be. But Republicans in Congress wasted nearly seven months of the Trump administration–Thursday will mark seven months exactly since Trump’s inauguration–fiddling around with repeal and replace at the same time.
“House Speaker Paul Ryan similarly failed multiple times to pass his own version of the Senate bill for months, and it was only after he left Washington for Europe and Hollywood that Republican rank-and-file House members from the House Freedom Caucus and the Tuesday Group were able, outside the purview of Ryan, negotiate their own fix to pass the bill through the House. . .”
Tyler Durden, ZeroHedge: “McConnell Abandons ‘Replace’ Plan, Calls For ObamaCare ‘Repeal & Delay’ Vote; Trump Tweets “We Will Return!”
“As we detailed earlier, with the tweeted support of President Trump – “Republicans should just REPEAL failing ObamaCare now” – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has called for a vote to repeal Obamacare with a two-year delay.
“After two more Republican senators announced their opposition to the Republican health care bill on Monday night, leaving the party leadership short of the required votes to move the legislation forward, President Trump expressed his view clearly…
“‘Despite having said before this was not his preferred path.And as ABC reports, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has called for a vote to repeal Obamacare with a two-year delay.’
Health Care – Hannity: Josh Umber Sites
Free market program: Standard fee: $55/month for an adult, $10 per child; no limit on number of visits; medication is purchased in bulk and sold to the patient at a discount.
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Amber Athey, Daily Caller: Rep. Schiff: Democrat Collusion With Ukraine ‘Problematic’ [VIDEO]”
“Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, admitted Sunday that it was “problematic” for Democrats to collude with Ukraine.
A January Politico report indicated that a Democratic National Committee operative worked with Ukrainian government officials to dig up Russia-related opposition research on Donald Trump. The operative later shared that information with the DNC and the Clinton campaign. (RELATED: Everybody Is Forgetting That Clinton Allies Did The Same Thing As Don Jr.)
“Several Trump allies have pointed out that the Ukraine storyline isn’t dissimilar from Donald Trump Jr. meeting with a Russian lawyer with the intention of collecting damaging information against Hillary Clinton.
“During a Sunday interview on ABC’s “This Week,” Jon Karl asked Rep. Adam Schiff, who has been an outspoken critic of the Trump Jr. meeting, if he also found the DNC-Ukraine collusion to be wrong.
“‘No, it wouldn’t be acceptable for the Democrats to accept help from the Ukrainian government,’ Schiff admitted.
Ken Ritter, AP: “OJ Simpson faces good chance at parole in Nevada robbery”
“LAS VEGAS (AP) — O.J. Simpson, the former football star, TV pitchman and now Nevada prison inmate No. 1027820, will have a lot going for him when he asks state parole board members this week to release him after serving more than eight years for an ill-fated bid to retrieve sports memorabilia.
“Now 70, Simpson will have history in his favor and a clean record behind bars as he approaches the nine-year minimum of his 33-year sentence for armed robbery and assault with a weapon. Plus, the parole board sided with him once before.
“No one at his Thursday hearing is expected to oppose releasing him in October — not his victim, not even the former prosecutor who persuaded a jury in Las Vegas to convict Simpson in 2008.
“Assuming that he’s behaved himself in prison, I don’t think it will be out of line for him to get parole,” said David Roger, the retired Clark County district attorney. . .”
Valerie Richardson, Washington Times: “First bicycle tax in nation leaves bike-crazy Oregon riders deflated”
“In Oregon, a state known for its avid bicycling culture, the state Legislature’s approval of the first bike tax in the nation has fallen flat with riders.
“Democratic Gov. Kate Brown is expected to sign the sweeping $5.3 billion transportation package, which includes a $15 excise tax on the sale of bicycles costing more than $200 with a wheel diameter of at least 26 inches.
“Even though the funding has been earmarked for improvements that will benefit cyclists, the tax has managed to irk both anti-tax Republicans and environmentally conscious bikers.
“BikePortland publisher Jonathan Maus called it ‘an unprecedented step in the wrong direction.’
“We are taxing the healthiest, most inexpensive, most environmentally friendly, most efficient and most economically sustainable form of transportation ever devised by the human species,” Mr. Maus said…” And still using public roads!
Angela Coulombis & Liz Navratil, Philly.com: “Pa. Senate back in Capitol – but no budget deal yet”
“HARRISBURG — The Senate returned to the State Capitol early Monday afternoon with good intentions: to consider various bills related to the still-incomplete state budget.
“But by day’s end, the chamber had canceled committee meetings planned to start moving those bills along the legislative pipeline. And though senators are expected to return Tuesday, it is unclear what exactly they will be doing once they convene.
“It is all part of the continued uncertainty surrounding the nearly $32 billion spending bill the GOP-controlled legislature sent to Gov. Wolf, a Democrat, hours before the July 1 start of the new fiscal year. He let it become law, though there is still no agreement on how to pay for it.
“Meanwhile, Pennsylvania government continues to operate without a balanced budget, raising a host of questions about whether it violates the constitutional mandate that any spending plan must be bolstered by a revenue package. . .”
Mark Levin, 07-17-17
“On Monday’s Mark Levin show, while President Trump is making this week, “Made in America Week, ” does he and the Republican Party really believe in it? Why adopt a European style socialized healthcare system? That system means rationing and lines. If we really believe in “Made in America” we will adopt a healthcare system that will help our coal workers, steel workers and all Americans. Made in America is about liberty and individualism and that we are mature enough to decide what kind of healthcare we want. In addition, what the Republicans are proposing is not going to reduce deductibles or the cost of care. This bill is a loser and should not be voted for. It is ironic when it comes to the massive healthcare industry, that the entire debate on healthcare is a progressive debate. There is no Americanism in this debate and nothing about free markets, private property or choice.
“Also, moderate Republicans have already extracted payoffs from Mitch McConnell for support of the Republican healthcare bill. If Republican senators are serious in maintaining a majority they shouldn’t do stupid things like going behind our backs and making these deals.
“After that, while GOP leadership promotes healthcare, not a finger is lifted in support of the military. Can we have a bill that doesn’t turn our military into a social engineering project? Finally, the media focus on Trump and Russia, yet there are no discussions with Hillary about the Clinton Foundation’s contacts with the Russians. How come Republicans will not inquire or look into this? The weakness they show is unprecedented.
“Finally, Mike Lee calls in to say that he and Jerry Moran are not going to be voting in the Senate for a motion to proceed with the Republican healthcare bill. America wants more repeal.”