Back to the phones

You know what to do — call your Senators and let them know your thoughts.

24 replies
  1. 1
    Kraux Pas says:

    Fortunately mine are solid.

    I’m open to other ideas.

  2. 2
    Yarrow says:

    Oh, for fuck’s sake. These people.

  3. 3
    tobie says:

    FFS…won’t these people ever quit? I guess with this they will have effectively revoked everything Obama did. We must fight them.

  4. 4
    MomSense says:


    Seriously. All this fucking drama over the basics. We spend so much damn time trying to prove that human beings need food, shelter, clothing, health care, and education. I wish journalists would ask them WTF people are supposed to do.

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    MomSense says:

    @Kraux Pas:

    Call to thank them! If you have a friend or relative in another state, tell your Senators about them. Give them some good interview and floor speech material.

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    rikyrah says:

    These evil azz demons never stop, do they :(

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    chopper says:

    oh, what the shit is this, again?

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    cintibud says:

    Really? They want to do this again in the months leading up to the midterms?

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    Yarrow says:


    I wish journalists would ask them WTF people are supposed to do.

    Republicans have made that pretty clear. I’m not a big fan of Alan Grayson, but he was right when he said the Republican health care plan is, ” Don’t get sick. If you do get sick, die quickly.”

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    MisterForkbeard says:

    @Yarrow: @tobie: They don’t stop. They CAN’T – this is a twofer of stealing from the poor and middle class and simultaneously wrecking something Obama and the Dems built.

    @cintibud: Either they think this will fire up their base, or they’re determined to push this through while they still can and don’t think their November losses can get any worse.

  11. 11

    Assholes. This is just who they are.

  12. 12
    Yarrow says:


    they’re determined to push this through while they still can and don’t think their November losses can get any worse.

    This is my guess. With McCain out, will that make it easier or harder. As midterms loom, I hope red state Dems hold firm on their votes.


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    Humdog says:

    As my fundie sister tells me, we cannot let everyone have healthcare. Those without insurance will thank government for their healing and not god. Helping those who have been cursed by god with ill health is going against gods plan for them.
    Fucking sociopaths, the voters and the politicians.

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    Honus says:

    I think if was krugman who pointed this out a few months ago. None of these republican initiatives actually save any money; in fact most of them cost tax dollars. It’s just pure meanness.

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    Elizabelle says:

    @Honus: I think this can help put steel in the spines of those who will vote for Democrats this fall.

    Will call my Virginia senators to thank them for not going along with this bullshit.

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    Yutsano says:

    This won’t even come close to getting out of the Senate. Hell I can’t see how this can get out of the House especially right before midterms.

    Need to finish packing up. Probably disappearing for a bit. Have fun without me!

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    catclub says:

    @Yutsano: Exactly. the call your Reps part, and the ‘red alert!’ part seem like fundraising.

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    JaneSays says:

    I’m not overly worried. I’ll still make the calls and it’s important to keep the pressure on, but I just don’t think they have the numbers to do anything with this, given the GOP loss of the Alabama senate seat and John McCain’s extended absence. They would have to pass it unanimously (assuming McCain isn’t available), and I just don’t see that happening.

    Especially in an election year.

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    JaneSays says:


    Red state Dems will hold for, because it’s a no-brainer. Every Obamacare repeal proposal the GOP has come up with so far has been wildly unpopular, and I don’t imagine this round being any different. As such, there is literally nothing to be gained for Manchin or Heitkamp to break ranks and side with the opposition.

    And I don’t see them picking up Collins or Murkowski either, which means it’s pretty much DOA.

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    TenguPhule says:

    Here we go again.


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    lowtechcyclist says:

    I thought the GOP already used up their one reconciliation bill for this year with the tax cut legislation. Am I wrong?

    Because if I’m not wrong, they either have to get 60 Senate votes for this turkey (when they couldn’t get 50 last year), or kill the filibuster.

    And now that the GOP advantage in the Senate is down to 51-49, the Dems just have to break even or better among the Collins-Murkowski-McCain group to win this thing even if the GOP decides to kill the filibuster.

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    Ohio Mom says:

    Just scolded a Poetman intern. Even though it’s been a year, I still have it in me.

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    JPL says:

    @cintibud: That was my first thought. Once again let me mention that they might be for forced pregnancy but they sure as hell aren’t pro-life.

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    JaneSays says:

    @lowtechcyclist: Good catch. I don’t think they can use reconciliation again until after September 30th (the end of FY-2018). But even if they use the nuclear option, they could afford no more than 1 defection, and that’s only if McCain is available to vote. If he isn’t available, they must get unanimous support from all 50 of their remaining senators.

    IOW… this latest effort is almost certain to fail. The GOP losing the Alabama senate seat last year all but guaranteed that Obamacare would be safe from legislative repeal in 2018.

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