Thursday, July 27, 2017

The magical number 7: Senators who voted against repeal-and-delay health care bill

Various writers, including your Scriber, have taken AZ Sen. John McCain to task for lecturing the Senate about a return to regular order and then voting for the repeal-and-replace version of the Senate’s health care bill. We must acknowledge that he then voted against the “repeal-and-delay” version as reported in the FiveThirtyEight Significant Digits email.

Number of Senate Republicans who joined their Democratic colleagues in opposing a “repeal and delay” of the Affordable Care Act. (The measure would have repealed parts of the health law after two years without immediately settling on a replacement.) The “no” votes came from Senators Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins, Dean Heller, John McCain, Rob Portman, Lamar Alexander and Shelley Moore Capito. [FiveThirtyEight]

You can track the voting on health care in the Senate at this NY Times link. There you will find the other Senators who voted “no” on the two bills.

Our other Senator, Jeff Flake, voted for both bills. Flake should look to Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski as a role model. Perhaps Flake is just trying to survive potential bad treatment by Trump. Check out this one from 538: Trump Reportedly Threatens Murkowski, Clumsily, Over Health Care Vote.

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