Trump to “bribe” moderate Senators to support health bill, then move bill right

The Trump White House is planning to “bribe” moderate Republican Senators with money to fight the opium crisis, to get them to support the draconian Senate Obamacare repeal bill, according to a Trump administration source who spoke with Axios’ Jonathan Swan.

What’s worse, the same source says the Republicans will them move the bill even further to the right, in order to entice conservative Republicans to support it.

The thing is, the bill is already almost exactly like the arch-conservative House Republican health care bill, under which 23 million will lose insurance, people with pre-existing conditions will see premiums soar and coverage disappear, and everyone will see significant increases in their deductibles. Even Donald Trump said the House bill was “too mean.”

The Senate bill, by contrast, will cost 22 million people their insurance, per the Congressional Budget Office. And it too decimates pre-existing condition protections, benefits, and will significantly raise deductibles to the point that CBO says many will simply opt not to buy insurance at all because it will be too expensive.

And now they plan to make this bill even more conservative?

One wonders how Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski and Dean Heller feel about this? Will they sign on to a bill that will now become even more conservative, simply because Trump throws some opioid money at it?

So what can you do?

At this point, skip the petitions, and start calling members of Congress and/or showing up at protests outside their offices. While every member of Congress needs to hear the message “vote against any legislation that repeals the Affordable Care Act,” obviously the Republicans in particularly need to hear from you. And while ever Republican can use a phone call, there are a few in particular that we need to be focusing on.

a. You can contact your Senators by calling the main US Senate switchboard and asking the operator who your Senators are: (202) 224-3121.

b. In particular, the following Republican Senators could use special attention, and may be winnable as they’re moderate and vulnerable as many of the other more conservative Senators. And the DC office phones are often too busy to get thru, in that case try the local office (and feel free to call both anyway).

Dean Heller (Nevada): 
DC: (202) 224-6244
Las Vegas: 702-388-6605
Reno: 775-686-5770

Shelley Moore Capito (West Virginia):
DC: (202) 224-6472
Charleston: 304-347-5372
Martinsburg: 304-262-9285
Morgantown: 304-292-2310
Beckley: 304-347-5372

Susan Collins (Maine):
DC: (202) 224-2523
Portland: (207) 780-3575
Lewiston: (207) 784-6969
Bangor: (207) 945-0417
Augusta: (207) 622-8414
Caribou: (207) 493-7873

Lisa Murkowski (Alaska):
DC: (202) 224-6665
Anchorage: (907) 271-3735
Fairbanks: (907) 456-0233
Juneau: (907) 586-7277
Mat-Su:  (907) 376-7665
Kenai: (907) 283-5808
Ketchikan: (907) 225-6880

Rob Portman (Ohio):
DC: (202) 224-3353
Columbus: 1-800-205-6446 (OHIO)
Cincinnati: 513-684-3265
Cleveland: 216-522-7095
Toledo: 419-259-3895

Cory Gardner (Colorado):
DC: (202) 224-5941
Pueblo: (719) 543-1324
Colorado Springs: (719) 632-6706
Denver: (303) 391-5777
Grand Junction: (970) 245-9553
Greeley: (970) 352-5546
Fort Collins: (970) 484-3502
Yuma: (970) 848-3095
Durango: (970) 259-1231

c. If you don’t to call, at lease send an email letter to your members of Congress, urging them to vote NO on any attempt to repeal Obamacare. I’ve set up an easy form you can use to email your members directly.

The only thing that can stop this bill is putting more pressure on these Republicans than they’re currently getting from their base. They need to fear us politically more than they fear the Deplorables. So call them and be firm. Especially if you’re from one of the states above.

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  • Irv T

    OK…

  • Irv T

    Isn’t this called “politics”?

  • BigGuy

    No record exists of the Trump organization or Donald himself paying ANY bills in full on time. NONE. Trump just turned 72. For over 50 years, he has NEVER personally paid any bill in full on time with his own money.

    Why should any one, most of all, people in Congress, believe that Trump is going to make sure he keeps his promises to them? Has he kept ANY promises to anyone, ever?

    Any Republican “moderates” should only consider offering their votes in favor of the bill if and when funds are transferred from the federal government to agencies in their home states. Only AFTER the funds have been transferred should they even begin discussing voting in favor of the bill.

  • There are no moderate Republicans. It’s a myth enabled by a media that needs to appear fair and balanced. McCain, Collins and Graham go on shows and make noises but their voting record is almost completely far right wing. There are zero real Republican moderates in Congress. That species was primaried out of political existence a long time ago.

  • Collins is planning on running for governor of Maine. This bill would be devastating for her state. She can’t vote for it if she wants any political future. She’s gotten away with a lot, but this might be too much for the people of Maine to ignore.

  • ORAXX

    Lawrence O’Donnell pointed out last night that there are only five Republican senators solidly committed to the monstrosity labeled ‘Trumpcare’. As dense as these people can be, they do respond to public pressure, and want to keep their seats.

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  • Demosthenes

    The TrumpNoCare bill is a defining moment for so-called moderate Republicans. If they sign off on this monstrosity for 30 pieces of silver, and support a law cutting taxes for the rich by stripping 22 million of health care, they are sociopaths, plain and simple. If they stand strong and demand a bipartisan solution to improve the ACA, they are serving their constituents.

    The clock is ticking on the answer.

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