Senate version of American Health Care Act, developed in secrecy, released
Three things about the Senate bill are clear abundantly, it is a massive tax cut for the wealthy, it creates a slush fund for insurers, and it will deny health coverage to over 20 million Americans.
Those who foolishly thought that the House version of the American Health Care Act, which President Trump described as the work of mean Sons of B.....s, also anticipated that the Senate version of the bill would be less draconian.
Well, it is not only not less mean, but it is much more heartless.
The four publicity hounds, Cruz, Lee, Johnson & Paul, who were quick to announce their objections, are in fact yes votes. All four of them crave and relish in the publicity that comes with seeming to buck the trend.
Cruz, Lee, Johnson and Paul are yes votes, just like Jim Jordan was in the House, they are full of sound and fury, but signify nothing.
Jim Jordan capitulated on a draft of the bill the final content of which was a moving target, there is no way he could know what the final version would be, but the idea of an America First advertising campaign against him was a bridge too far for the outspoken Freedom Caucus member.
Heller in contrast to Jordan, stood his ground, let super PAC American First attempt to vilify him, and in doing so put an end to America First's reign of terror. In short, sticking to one's principles, wins the day.
What Jim Jordan and Rand Paul remind us of, is that principled bravery is indeed rare in the age of Trump and his Bannon directed bullying organisation America First , but cowardice among members of congress in both chambers, abounds.
Rubio, had already traded his yes vote on the bill, in exchange for Trump's partial withdrawal from the Obama Cuba deal, and a rally announcing the same in his state.
But the problem for Paul and McConnell is with their constituents in the Great State of Kentucky. This bill will kill the reality of 'Living the dream', in that state.
The repercussions for McConnell will come progressively, but for Rand Paul, the coward of Simpson Park, the future even in the near term is much more bleak.
McConnell and Paul, as Clinton did in the 2016 presidential race, are taking their traditional supporters for granted and that is a mistake, that will see both of them retired from the US Senate. Paul and McConnell will discover increasingly that the silent, are silent no more.
The American tax cut\insurance company slush fund Act, will be the last straw for those Kentuckians who want to live free from the fear that a catastrophic illness will put them in the poor house, and rob their children and grand children of the American Dream of generation upon generation upward mobility.
Rob Portman, is also a yes vote. While he has been a senator from Ohio, Ohio has become the childhood poverty capital as well as the epicenter of the opioid addition and overdose crisis in the United States. While the very popular governor of that state is lauded on conservative cable news programs as some sort of genius budget balancer.
Well, now we know how the Ohio governor does it, by making children increasingly malnourished, and the unemployed targets of his budget cuts turn to lethal drugs.
It is also becoming evident that the supporters of Donald Trump are beginning to realize that they hold real political power in the US, independent of Trump, and they have to use that power responsibly.
The euphoria of the election is over, it is now time forge a future worthy of the people of this great republic.
And, we do not do that by turning our backs on our most vulnerable citizens.
13 Angry White Male US Senators
decide the fate of millions, in secret
E LaMont Gregory
13 angry white male senators (pictured below) have sequestered themselves to draft the senate version of the American Health Care Act, in secrecy.
Unlike the deliberations of the jury in the 1957 film 12 Angry Men, secrecy in senate deliberations on a bill that will affect the vast majority of US citizens, ought to be the subject of open and vigorous public debate. It is one thing for the current president to have as a principal adviser an individual whose views are anathema to the creed of this great nation, but quite another when our elected representatives adopt the tactics of authoritarian regimes.
At least, in the film there was one individual on that jury who stood for truth, justice and the American way.
The names of these 13 US Senators will live on, in infamy
MITCH MCCONNELL, JOHN CORNYN, PAT TOOMEY, TED CRUZ, LAMAR ALEXANDER, JOHN THUNE, ROB PORTMAN, TOM COTTON, MIKE LEE, JOHN BARRASSO, MIKE ENZI, ORRIN HATCH, CORY GARDNER,
Assuming that applicable law allowed the content of jury deliberations to be revealed, Justice Sonia Sotomayor stated at a screening of the film 12 Angry Men, during a 2010 Fordham University Law School Film festival, noting that she was particularly inspired by immigrant Juror 11's monologue on his reverence for the American justice system. At the same time, she would instruct a jury to not follow the film's example, because most of the jurors' conclusions were based on speculation, and not fact.
Citing such events as Juror 8's interjecting a similar knife into the proceeding, conducting outside research into the case, and ultimately the jury as a whole making broad and wide-ranging assumptions far beyond the scope of reasonable doubt. And, in particular the inferences to the Old Woman wearing glasses, would never, according to Sotomayor, be allowed to occur in a real life jury trial, and would in fact have yielded a mistrial.
Justice Sotomayor could provide such a detailed analysis of the jury deliberations from the film, because she was able to view the film as many times as she wanted or desired to, and to delve into as much of what happened in the jury proceeding as she wished.
13 white male senators (13 angry white men) have sequestered themselves within the upper chamber of congress to deliberate on the senate's version of the recently passed House version of the American Health Care Act.
President Trump (13 June 2017) at the conclusion of a meeting at the White House with members of the senate to discuss the health legislation, stated that the American Health Care Act as it exists now, the House of Representatives version, was the work of a "mean, son of a bitch." The president referenced Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Freedom Caucus member Jim Jordan (R-OH) as mean SOBs, specifically.
One need not remind McConnell of the passionate speeches he gave while the Affordable Health Care Act was working its way through the Senate, and how he denigrated the Democrats for working in secret during the nearly 18 months it took to fashion what came to be known as Obamacare.
But cowardice seems to run through the Kentucky US Senate delegation. Rand Paul jumped into a car with others and sped away from Simpson Park, while Representative Scalise was still lying in the outfield bleeding from his injuries.
One can only wonder when Paul gave his witness statement, and from where?
A material witness to a crime, leaving the scene of a crime, is itself a crime.
13 Angry White Male US Senators, - generous, kind and with heart, in Trumpspeak - deliberating in secret, affecting the lives of millions.
The names of these 13 US senators will live in infamy.