Friends, it is as bad as I feared. The Republicans are playing so nice with the Democrats in the Senate that they are improving the health care bill so it can pass.Here is an email from Don Stewart in Senator Mitch McConnell's office:
The Leaders just locked in a unanimous consent agreement for four amendment votes tomorrow.There will be votes on the Mikulski and Murkowski amendments in the morning at 11:45. The McCain motion to commit (on the half-trillion dollars in Medicare cuts), and a Sen. Bennet amendment, will have votes at 2:45.As Sen. McConnell noted on the floor, Republicans offered to vote on the Mikulski and Murkowski amendments this evening. But despite all the “obstruction” talk from Democrats today, there was an objection on the Democrat side to having those votes tonight.As Sen. McConnell just said on the floor about the Murkowski/Mikulski amendments: “our side of the aisle, the Republicans side of the aisle, was prepared to vote on both of those amendments tonight, and then a problem developed on the other side.”Let me know if you need any further information
Why was "The Republican side of the aisle prepared to vote on both of these amendments tonight?" Or tomorrow? Or ever? Why would we help the Democrats pretend to fix their unfixable bill.The GOP and Democrats are putting up several amendments, all designed to "improve" the bill:
- The Democrat Mikulski amendment purports to ensure mammograms are covered, but actually ensures abortions are covered.
- The Republican Murkowski amendment response to the Mikulski amendment ensures mammograms are not cut and beefs up pro-life protections.
- The Republican McCain vote sends the bill back to Finance Committee to restore funding to medicare.
- The Democrat Bennett amendment responds to the McCain vote by ensuring no one ever loses their medicare.
Whoopideedoo. While I'm glad the Democrats are now fighting it out amongst themselves, the GOP is not really helping the fight for freedom here.If Mikulski and Bennet pass tomorrow, Democrats will argue that they have fixed the Medicare and mammogram issues. Why are we in such a rush to allow Democrats to vote on their amendments to fix the bill? This is a unanimous consent request. All Senators are responsible for this disaster. Will anyone stand up and say "I object?"