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There he goes again.

September 23, 2017

News that John McCain was not going to support the Graham-Cassidy bill, not because of any inherent weaknesses or shortcomings, but because it didn’t conform to his sense of proper Senate process,  drew some visceral reactions from some Republicans and most independents yesterday.

“Ted” who voted for President Trump as a “best of the worst” option put it this way:

“I always knew that no one person, even Trump, could reform Washington, but this? This proves that John McCain is so welded to the rulebook, so in love with his Sir Lancelot in Camelot  vision of himself, that he doesn’t know or care about anyone else. He just voted for single payer insurance. Did it make me mad? Hell yes it did! I’m so f—king tired of these little tin gods in Washington that I could puke.”

Even when reminded that no vote had been taken yet,  that was the closest thing Musings could find to a printable reaction on Friday. The others were far more incendiary, to say the least.

Senator McCain is apparently living in the wrong century.

To be fair, Senator McCain’s vision of bipartisan solutions and orderly process on legislative issues IS the way Washington is supposed to work. What he is missing is that the Washington of today is not the Washington the founding fathers envisioned.

They envisioned citizen legislators that had a sense of duty to the country, not the professional, corrupt political morass we have now.

Most assuredly, they did not envision the day when primary allegiances would be to political party masters and even to ethnicity or race instead of the country.

That’s the reality everyone but the good Senator can see.

Now, a day later, some people have quit sputtering long enough to explain what his “no” vote means to them.

In the main, most of those who depend on individual health plans but are ineligible for Medicaid, say that they can simply no longer afford to deal with Obamacare, and they won’t.

“Jesse” notes that he has already given up most of the nonessential things he likes to do, even trading down to a cheaper truck to free up insurance money for himself and his  family, and says the latest projected premium increases have put the ACA insurance out of his reach. He will not be shopping for a new plan, or any plan, preferring to bank what he can afford towards self-insurance, and take his chances.

On a different front, one doctor now in his late fifties will close his practice by Christmas. He is one of only two surgeons in his small town. His reason?  “I will not become a government-owned doctor.”

There is little doubt that the failure to replace, much less repeal the ACA is going to cost Republicans, and perhaps Democrats as well, since it paves the way for the worst of all options, single-payer, government controlled healthcare.

This early on, and in the heat of the moment, many people are saying that 2016 was the last time they will ever vote.

If there is a common thread this early, it revolves around the conviction that the collective swamp is so deeply entrenched that there is literally nothing that citizens can do to change or reform it, short of an armed revolution.

One dairy farm owner said that for a brief, irrational moment she wanted to attack her local GOP office with “bags of manure and a paintbrush” to express her disgust.

It’s still a little while until the next election, and these folks may get their feet back under them by then.

Or, they may not. That would be a shame, since it amounts to surrender.

Where is John Paul Jones (famous for his 1779 quotation “We have not yet begun to fight”) when we need him?



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