McConnell: Obamacare Repeal Bill Coming Thursday

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, after a Senate Republican Luncheon with Vice President-elect Mike Pence. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Tuesday that a “discussion draft” of Senate Republicans’ Obamacare repeal bill would be unveiled Thursday. He indicated that it would be available to the press then, too, but was vague about how long the legislation would be public before a vote, which could come as soon as next week.

I expect to have a discussion draft on Thursday and we will go to the bill, obviously once we get a CBO score, which is likely next Tuesday,” McConnell told reporters after a Senate GOP lunch.

He said the American public will “have plenty of time” to review the text of the bill and defended the extremely opaque process—no public hearings and a fast-track timeline—that Republicans have gone through to cobble together a health care deal.

“We have been discussing all the elements of this endlessly for seven years,” McConnell said. “Everybody pretty well understands it. Everybody will have an adequate time to take a look at it. I think this will be as about as transparent as it could be.”

The majority leader also stopped short of guaranteeing that the bill would get the 50 Republican votes it would need to pass it when he brings it to the floor.

We are going to make every effort to pass the bill that dramatically changes the current health care law,” McConnell said.



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  1. McConnell has either 50 votes or the Majority Whip’s short & curlies in his pocket.

  2. “Everybody pretty well understands it. "?

    I thought nobody knew it was so complicated.

  3. “We have been discussing lying about all the elements of this endlessly for seven years,” McConnell said.


    "I think this will be as about as transparent as it could be…”

    Truest thing Yertle has ever said.

  4. I hate to swear just to swear, but sometimes people earn it, as is the case here. Seriously, what the fuck is wrong with these vile, vicious, evil fuckers? No qualms at alll about screwing over tens of millions of Americans, and quite possibly literally killing thousands and thousands of their fellow citizens by denying them access to care, and why? Solely so they can fund massive tax cuts for the wealthiest of the wealthy. Honestly, fuck these fucking fuckers and the turtle-faced evil bastard they’re riding in on.

  5. The man is on it, and he’s a quick study:

    “In a short period of time I understood everything there was to know about health care.”

    See also:

    “I think nobody knows more about taxes than I do, maybe in the history of the world.”

    “I understand money better than anybody. I understand it far better than Hillary, and I’m way up on the economy when it comes to questions on the economy.”

    “Nobody knows more about trade than me”

    “Nobody in the history of this country has ever known so much about infrastructure as Donald Trump.”

    “There’s nobody bigger or better at the military than I am”

    “I know more about ISIS than the generals do. Believe me.”

    “There is nobody who understands the horror of nuclear more than me.”

    “It would take an hour-and-a-half to learn everything there is to learn about missiles…I think I know most of it anyway.”

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