Despite seven long years of promising, campaigning, and winning, the Republican Party’s efforts to repeal Obamacare seem to have finally failed.
While this can easily be blamed on the Lame Old Party as a whole, it is just as important to zero in on the small handful of individuals who truly made this failure happen.
Surprisingly enough, the blame does not even fall on the usual suspects: The Republican leadership, to its credit, actually tried to make this work.
Speaker Paul Ryan managed to lead negotiations that successfully saw the American Health Care Act pass the House of Representatives, just two months after the initial vote had to be cancelled due to disagreements – thereby eliminating pretty much any blame in the larger chamber.
Even Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell did everything he could in the final days to make this happen, and showed pretty clear emotion in his speech on the Senate floor after the final failure late in the evening of July 27th.
But there is indeed blame to go around, and here are the most guilty culprits in the upper chamber.
Department of Memes publishes this list in the hope that our readers will diligently work to defeat these traitors to their constituents in the primary, paving the way for the Trump Agenda to proceed unmolested.
The Nine Who Shot Down the AHCA
When the AHCA finally came up for a vote in the Senate, there were nine Senators who voted against it: Tom Cotton (Arkansas), Bob Corker (Tennessee), Lindsey Graham (South Carolina), Mike Lee (Utah), Rand Paul (Kentucky), Jerry Moran (Kansas), Dean Heller (Nevada), Susan Collins (Maine), and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska).
However, it must be noted that while some of these were moderates who voted against it because they don’t want to repeal Obamacare – like Collins and Murkowski – some are also more conservative, and voted against it because they felt it didn’t do enough – like Lee and Paul.
As such, some of these individuals voted against it in the hopes that it could eventually be renegotiated into an even better repeal of Obamacare.
The Six Liars
Another measure that was voted on was Rand Paul’s “clean repeal” bill, which simply called to repeal Obamacare with no immediate replacement, and instead give the GOP two years to come up with a replacement from a blank slate.
This one has a bit of history: This exact same bill was voted on back in 2015, when just about every single Republican in Congress voted for it, knowing full well that it would be vetoed by Obama.
However, when this exact same bill was up again for a vote when it could actually be signed by a Republican president, six Senators who voted for it in 2015 inexplicably changed their votes and voted no, killing it:
Lamar Alexander (Tennessee), Rob Portman (Ohio), Shelley Moore Capito (West Virginia), John McCain (Arizona), Dean Heller, and Lisa Murkowski.
Susan Collins is the only Republican in the Senate who voted no on the bill both in 2015 and 2017.
When the vote came for what was called a “skinny repeal” – a very narrow repeal of only the most egregious of Obamacare’s offenses, such as the individual and business mandate/tax penalty for not buying health care – it came within a hair’s width of passing. All it needed was 50 votes, and Vice President Mike Pence would break the tie; so two Senators could flip, and it would still pass. Two Senators flipped exactly as predicted: Collins and Murkowski. Instead, three flipped.
The third was none other than John McCain of Arizona, back from his surgery and brain cancer diagnosis, where he made a big show out of being the deciding vote to advance debate on the GOP’s health care proposals in the first place. He was the shocking flip that killed what seemed to be the last attempt by the Congressional GOP to repeal Obamacare in any way. McCain even spent the night yukking it up with Democrats like Schumer and Feinstein, all pretenses officially dropped.
The Two RINO’s
Throughout all of this, two names have repeatedly arisen in this list: Susan Collins of Maine, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.
That is because these two have been consistent in their betrayal on Obamacare. Both of them voted against the AHCA, against Rand Paul’s clean repeal, and against the last-ditch skinny repeal. Collins, as mentioned before, is the only Republican who voted against Paul’s clean repeal both times it was brought up, in 2015 and 2017, and has repeatedly and openly stated that she does NOT want to repeal Obamacare.
And this is just the latest offense for this dirty duo of traitorous women. Their anti-conservative credentials have only increased since Trump took office, and they’ve both been thorns in the president’s side since the day he was sworn in. They were the two Republicans who defected in the vote to confirm Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary, which forced Pence to break that tie as well. They were also the only two defectors on a bill that would let individual states choose whether or not they want to defund Planned Parenthood, once again forcing Pence to break the tie. So they’re definitely real Republicans.
Collins comes from the Northeastern state of Maine, and serves along the Democrat masquerading as an Independent, Angus King, so that’s no surprise. But Murkowski is even worse, as she hails from one of the most conservative states in the country – the state that once elected Sarah Palin as governor. So she has approximately zero excuse to vote like a Democrat, just as Ted Cruz would have no reason to vote like a Democrat.
But whether it’s consistent traitors like Collins or Murkowski, or less frequent but still disgusting acts of betrayal by the likes of McCain and Heller, they have all broken a key promise and turned their backs on both the American people and President Trump. In the best timeline, these people will all face primary challenges very soon.