After the House Republicans ... because, of course ... voted to repeal Obamacare they raced to the White House Rose Garden to take a victory lap—a bit premature given that the Senate will be tougher on their unread, unverified attempt at healthcare. But there they were ... Paul Ryan with a frat boy boner standing behind _____ who looked more Nuclear orange than ever standing alongside Mike Pence whose black heart skipped a beat at the vote ... meaning Mike Pence’s heart beat just once last week.
So, now it goes to the Senate and looky who’s lined up to take on healthcare ... thirteen rich, mostly white, men—Ted Cruz is of Cuban descent; but there is not one single women, because, yeah, only rich, mostly white, men know healthcare, and these thirteen Senate Republicans will write their own version.
And here’s what the Terrible Thirteen said about the House vote and the potential loss of healthcare for 24 million Americans, the cutting of Medicaid by $880 billion, and the placement of Americans with pre-existing conditions into high-risk, grossly underfunded pools that would cost them thousands more annually ... not to mention that tasty little tax break for millionaires:
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ... Kentucky, elected until 2020:
“Today’s vote in the House was an important step,” and then he congratulated Paul Ryan, Donald _____ and Mike Pence by name “for a job well done.”
John Barrasso ... Wyoming, Elected Until 2018:
Barrasso released no official statement, though of ObamaCare and previous efforts to repeal and replace it, he said the “American people are asking for our help.”
Lamar Alexander ...Tennessee, Elected Until 2020:
Mike Enzi ... Wyoming, Elected Until 2020:
Orrin Hatch ...Utah, Elected Until 2018:
Gardner said he looks “forward to working with [his] colleagues” on the matter, but made no official statement.
“The House bill is merely the first legislative step,” Toomey said, in an unofficial statement.
Of note, there are five Republican women among the 52 Republicans in the Senate —Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski, Iowa’s Joni Ernst, Maine’s Susan Collins, Nebraska’s Deb Fischer and Shelley Moore Capito from West Virginia.
To be fair the reason Collins and Murkowski weren’t asked—besides being the wrong gender—is that they both oppose the bill’s attempts to defund Planned Parenthood, a primary healthcare provider for millions of women and low-income Americans.
No reason was given as to why none of the other three women aren’t on the committee, except, you know, Republicans and women, they don’t mix.
So, there you have it, and you might note that the Senators who didn’t really respond officially to the House victory are those Senator’s up for reelection next year; the others will have anywhere from three to five years left before we can vote them out for allowing millions and millions of Americans to lose their healthcare while millions and millions of dollars go back into the pockets of millionaires ... like the Terrible Thirteen.
Resist. Persist. Preexist.