Behind New Obamacare Repeal Vote: ‘Furious’ G.O.P. Donors
Posted: 23 September 2017 08:29 AM   [ Ignore ]
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All the government money can buy . . .

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/22/us/politics/republican-donors-obamacare-repeal.html
CARL HULSE, SEPT. 22, 2017


WASHINGTON — As more than 40 subdued Republican senators lunched on Chick-fil-A at a closed-door session last week, Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado painted a dire picture for his colleagues. Campaign fund-raising was drying up, he said, because of widespread disappointment among donors over the inability of the Republican Senate to repeal the Affordable Care Act or do much of anything else.

Mr. Gardner is in charge of his party’s midterm re-election push, and he warned that donors of all stripes were refusing to contribute another penny until the struggling majority produced some concrete results.

“Donors are furious,” one person knowledgeable about the private meeting quoted Mr. Gardner as saying. “We haven’t kept our promise.”

The backlash from big donors as well as the grass roots panicked Senate Republicans and was part of the motivation behind the sudden zeal to take one last crack at repealing the health care law before the end of the month. That effort faltered Friday with new opposition from Senator John McCain of Arizona, the perennial maverick who had scuttled the Senate’s first repeal effort. Now Republicans must confront the possibility that they will once again let down their backers with no big win in sight. ...

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No giving up for these totalitarians

Inside the life and death of Graham-Cassidy
Senate Republicans’ last-ditch Obamacare repeal bill saw a burst of momentum only to collapse like the other GOP plans.
By JENNIFER HABERKORN, BURGESS EVERETT and SEUNG MIN KIM 09/27/2017
http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/27/obamacare-repeal-graham-cassidy-243178

... Graham called the recent push the “most amazing journey of my life” and insisted that the idea of block granting health care dollars to states — an idea that former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) passed on to Graham at the Senate barbershop earlier this year — would be the basis of any conservative Obamacare repeal plan in the future.

“I think we have an idea that people can rally around,” Graham said. “We now have an idea that I think Republicans understand, that the average person can understand.”

And a growing faction of Senate Republicans are becoming more emboldened despite their failures, echoing Pence’s message inside the GOP lunch on Tuesday that the push to repeal Obamacare needs to continue into next year.

“Obviously there’s a lot of discouragement about not being able to do it but there’s also a very strong attitude that we’re not going to stop trying,” Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho). “We can’t. We just have to keep working at it.”

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