Jimmy Kimmel excoriates the senator from Louisiana who is the co-author of the so-called Graham-Cassidy health care bill that the Republicans are trying to jam through Congress with minimal debate before the September 30the deadline. Cassidy had earlier promised Kimmel and millions of others that any bill that he proposed would provide a list of protections for people but what he is actually proposing has none of them. Kimmel delivers a righteous rant on the topic, explaining clearly why this bill is so bad and why it must be defeated.
The problem is that hardly anyone among the Republican senators really gives a damn about what the bill contains. As one GOP lobbyists said, “I am just in shock how no one actually cares about the policy any more,” One GOP aide added, “You could do a post office renaming and call it ‘repeal-replace’ and 48 Republican senators would vote for it sight unseen.” The bill could call for the forced euthanasia of all sick people and they would shrug it off as long as they can boast that they have ‘repealed and replaced’ Obamacare.
Oddly enough, Jewish religious holidays are complicating the repeal process by restricting the time available to conduct business. The senate recessed yesterday for Rosh Hashanah and will not return until Monday the 25th. Then Yom Kippur begins sundown on Friday the 29th. The senate parliamentarian also has to certify that the bill meets the requirements for reconciliation and thus needs only 50 votes, and the Congressional Budget Office also has to score the bill, all within the coming week.
But I am gloomy about the issue and that the Graham-Cassidy disaster may well pass. Lindsey Graham says that there is still time to push the bill through because there is nothing more important than denying health care to people.
Former Majority Leader “Harry Reid had a vote on [Obamacare on] Christmas Eve — we’re talking about religious holidays,” Graham said. “I want to honor every religion’s holiday so if we have to break for the Jewish holiday, we have to break for the Jewish holiday. I don’t want to get on the wrong side of God, but I am determined to do all I can as long as I can to repeal and replace Obamacare.”
Graham doesn’t want to get on the wrong side of his god but doesn’t care about being on the wrong side of history.