Well, the Congressional Budget Office has scored the Senate’s health care bill and found that 22 million fewer Americans would have health insurance by 2026. Cue the Republicans want to kill people and make them sicker war cries by Democrats, which were expected. This is the easiest line of attack, and one that is most effective. No one likes his or her stuff being taken away. Last night, Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), and others held an impromptu sit-in on Capitol Hill, where they and anyone who happened to stumble on by discussed the diabolical Republican health care bill.
The Senate health care bill also reduced the deficit by $321 billion and reduced premiums by 30 percent by 2020; that’s a larger reduction than under the current Obamacare system, which is collapsing. Yet, 22 million is the big number that’ll stick in the minds of voters, and Republicans still haven’t been able to mount a solid defense. It’s partially due to because there are two bills being considered, and the fact that good portions of Republicans don’t like either bill in both the House and Senate. It’s not a massive number, however, but enough to derail efforts. In the Senate, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) said that he would vote to block the procedural vote on Thursday. He’s the fourth Senate Republican to declare that they will block the motion (via The Hill):
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) told CNN’s Dana Bash that he will vote against a motion to proceed to the Senate's healthcare bill if the vote is held this week.
He became the fourth GOP senator to say Monday that he will not vote to move forward the Senate’s bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare in its current form.
Three other senators said they would vote against the motion to proceed; Republican Sens. Rand Paul (Ky.), Susan Collins (Maine) and Dean Heller (Nev.) each said they wouldn’t support the measure in its current form.
New: @RonJohnsonWI just told me if senate gop leadership insists on moving to h care this week he will vote against motion to proceed.— Dana Bash (@DanaBashCNN) June 27, 2017