The BCRA draft v2 was released just as I was heading out to lunch with a colleague so I have not read the bill yet although I did look through Health Wonk Twitter as I waited for my colleague to get back to the table with a drink. Most are bewildered at the mechanical changes.
However something quite important has happened in the past couple of minutes:
That makes three nos on the current iteration: Collins, Paul, Portman. https://t.co/UD5CazWtpE
— Peter Suderman (@petersuderman) July 13, 2017
I am reading Portman as a time holding “No.” If there are no other Senators declaring “No” on the motion to proceed, I think he can be arm twisted to say he read the bill over the weekend and it is good to go. However it only took two hours to get a temporary blocking coalition in place.
So you know what to do:
CALL THE SENATE AGAIN!
Call Portman and reward good behavior!
Call Collins and reward good behabior!
Call Moran, Capito, Murkowski and ask for good behavior.
Call Heller and remind him that this is a chain saw attacking Medicaid.
Call Paul and ask him to laugh at Ted Cruz for us.
If you are a resident of a state of any of those Senators, call
Everyone keep on calling anyways!