For those wondering how South Florida’s GOP delegation voted on this bill that will kill people:
Miami Republican Reps. Carlos Curbelo and Mario Diaz-Balart voted Thursday for the American Health Care Act, the House GOP’s controversial proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act.
Both congressmen had refused to divulge their positions on the legislation ahead of the high-profile. Their districts have among the highest Obamacare enrollment rates in the country; Curbelo in particular is politically vulnerable in the Democratic-leaning 26th district….
…Curbelo and Diaz-Balart’s local colleague, Miami Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who announced her retirement from Congress earlier this week, voted no, as she had promised. She was the only Florida Republican to do so.
Meanwhile the Senate says no thanks and is working on its own bill, which will likely pass with the fifty-one votes needed, I suspect, for Maine’s Susan Collins is on board, ready to offer a rich coating of sodium-heavy moderate dressing.
The central tenet of the Republican Party is to eliminate government so that the rich can get as rich as they please. Atheism, homosexuality, aborted babies – venal sins, washed in green, forgiven if you can buy access. Donald Trump is the symptom, not the target. The old and the women for whom pregnancy is now defined as a preexisting condition would have seen their coverage repealed in the House with President Rubio or President President Kasich – and in February, not May. The villains are the 217 men and women who believe in a United States of America as a multinational consortium in which they are stockholders and the rest of the population can call themselves by a meaningless buzzword, “citizens” perhaps, but for whom the constitutional term privileges and immunities remain inaccessible. Kevin McCarthy doesn’t believe in the United States – he believes in owning land someplace where he can be as gay and Muslim as he pleases so long as he can afford the best legal representation and legislative shields money can buy.
Finally, Josh Marshall has it right:
I guarantee you there are many conversations between ‘no’ voting Republican Reps and House leadership in which it’s a very straightforward arrangement. “I wish you guys the best but I need to vote ‘no’. It won’t fly in my district.” For a certain number, the leadership says, “We understand. We’ll give you a pass. We have the votes.” So the “no” voting Rep thinks he or she is covered. I’m in the clear. They shouldn’t be for the reasons I’ve stated above. In many cases, they are perfectly happy to see the 24 million go to the butcher block. Because it’s not on them. Or they don’t think it will be. It’s important for constituents to let them know that is not how they see it.
So Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, you’re lucky: your term ends at the same time as the reign of witches does. But I’m coming after other no votes like yours.”