Obamacare betrayal

July 28, 2017

Well, it’s official: what happened to Julius Caesar is no longer the most nefarious backstabbing ever performed by Senators. After seven years of voting for repeals of Obamacare that they knew would be blocked by a Democratic Senate or vetoed by Obama, Republicans promised voters that they would undo this terrible law that was rammed down our throats if they only had the power. So voters gave them first the House…then the Senate…then the White House. More than any other issue, getting rid of Obamacare fueled the rise of the Tea Party and propelled the Republicans into absolute power. Now, their voters must be wondering why they even bothered.

Last night, in the dead of night, three Republicans (John McCain, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins) voted against the last-ditch bill to repeal and replace, leaving the massive Obamacare boondoggle in place. Proving that somehow, some Republicans are always able to find a way to capitulate to the left even when losing is virtually impossible.

It’s certainly arguable that the bill before them wasn’t perfect. But it wasn’t going to be the final bill. Whatever they passed would have then gone into negotiations with the House. Now, one of the worst pieces of legislation ever passed will stand as the “law of the land” (it only edged above 50% support after months of Democrats falsely claiming that any replacement would make millions of people die – meaning that about half of Americans think it’s slightly preferable to mass death.)

After the deep-night betrayal, Senate “Majority” Leader Mitch McConnell said it’s now time to reach across the aisle and work with the Democrats to see what they can contribute. We already know their plan: pour more tax money down the rat hole of the unsustainable Obamacare system until it collapses and we all get Charlie Gard-style national health care. Not that they’ll admit it: an amendment endorsing single payer was put up last night and got not a single vote because Democrats thought it was a trap. Most just voted “present.” They know better than to go on record as being in favor of things they’re actually in favor of.

W. James Antell III put it perfectly in the Washington Examiner when he wrote that last night, Senate Republicans repealed the Tea Party. But I have a feeling the Tea Party won’t take being repealed lying down. Expect some noodle-kneed Republican Senators to face major primary challenges. Also look for petitions to repeal the 17th amendment and let state legislatures go back to electing Senators, the way the Founders intended. I’m disgusted enough that I might sign one of those myself.

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  • mike salyer

    09/30/2017 09:52 AM

    My comment is that we need to replace these senate traitors who won't support the Presidents agenda.

  • Patricia Shipman

    09/27/2017 09:31 PM

    Republicans promised a REPEAL. THESE HALF ---ED attempts at keeping the money control in congress must not happen. The richest companies in the world are the insurance co.s. By making it a one payer system, Congress controls their money, which puts the insurance industry out of business. Free enterprise will be dead if politicians are allowed to to control the money. Manipulating the stock market by rules and regulations has put politicians in the role of making and breaking companies. This is not Free enterprise.

  • Nan Wysock

    08/18/2017 02:41 PM

    I cannot even think of a reason why these Republicans betrayed their constituents! It makes no sense at all. I am not surprised, but very disappointed. If they walk, talk, and act like Democrats, then they should just become Democrats and quit lying to those of us who have trusted them. I hope all of them are replaced in the next election cycle with real conservative, Republicans whom we can trust.

  • Joe Lybrand

    08/01/2017 10:27 AM

    The three that you mentioned in this article should not be considered Republicans. They are turncoats and should be considered considered to be part one the "Swamp" the the President is trying to drain. John McCain, Lisa Muskowsk, and Susan Collins are a breed apart from the Republicans.

    Joe Lybrand

  • Jeffrey Gura

    07/31/2017 07:59 PM

    Flip flop McCain the "hero" has truly shown his colors during the past two years.

  • Brenda Fleming

    07/30/2017 12:27 AM

    Valerie Winn, Obama IS a muslim.

  • Valerie Winn

    07/29/2017 05:11 PM

    the reason we have the 17th amendment is to protect the American people from tyrants like the current president, and congress that are bent on hurting the American people. This current healthcare proposition from the small group of republican men was devastating for the American people. What John McCain, Murkowski, Collins, etc did was stand up for the American people, instead of voting along with this tyrant. The simple fact that you are calling them traitors is a complete embarrassment to TRUE Christians like me. You are NOT a true Christian or you would not be on the side of this ridiculous nonsense going on in the currently in the White House. Obama is a better Christian than you, and certainly better in all ways than the current sorry excuse of a human that is now occupying the White House.

  • Natalie Cline

    07/29/2017 03:18 PM

    Americans deserve to have the same healthcare as ALL of Congress. There shouldn't be a seperate healthcare for the Washington Elite! Once that happens, maybe both parties will make the correct healthcare bill for the whole nation. Healthcare should never make any individual or corporations wealthy.

  • Denise M Spencer

    07/29/2017 03:38 AM

    Well Mr. Huckabee you are close with the president there is one way for this obamacare to be fixed, let me tell you have the President write an Excutive order that all politicians the Senate and Congress and all the peons get Obamacare if its so good the demorcrates want it so bad switch it and the Republicans as well. Watch them fix it and quick this is ridiculous what is going on if Obama can write Executive orders so can Trump try it watch what happens.

  • Debra Sparks

    07/29/2017 01:59 AM

    I am just shocked and horrified. Can not believe this was not engineered to blacken the eye of our President and betray and manipulate the very people who put them there because of their obvious lies. This American hero, McCain and this politician, McCain are not the same person. While the soldier may have been honorable and courageous, this politician is a liar, and a betrayer of his own constituency. Saddened and sick over this! Planned parenthood, Obama and the liberal left have much to celebrate. McCain had nothing to lose, the rest need to pack their bags.

  • Bonnie Jontz

    07/28/2017 09:44 PM

    Sad day. As a American citizen with no clout, I don't know what to do but pray for our country.

  • Dolores Wilhelm

    07/28/2017 09:26 PM

    I was not in favor of the new bill it was nothing like Trump described it would be while campaigning. A bill like this cannot just be hurried thru. Both sides need to come together and this won't happen. As for Senator McCain, he voted his heart he knows a bad bill one he sees one. All these American lives in the hands of egotistic parties that cannot come together for the people they supposedly serve. Enjoy your wonderful benefits while the rest of the country who put you all in office is at your mercy. As far as the tea party goes let it go.

  • Andrew J Doucet

    07/28/2017 08:57 PM

    Honestly, I'm a registered republican and I usually agree with you, Mike. However, I don't think it's fair to say that what John McCain did there was representing his true self. I think it was the brain cancer taking over his mind, his BODY! Think about it, liberalism is brain cancer when you think about it and he got it around the same time he started acting like a liberal. I think it's about time we replace him with someone who is of sound mind. And by sound mind I mean they vote against Obamacare... more like Obama DOESNT care!!!

  • Andrew J Doucet

    07/28/2017 08:57 PM

    Honestly, I'm a registered republican and I usually agree with you, Mike. However, I don't think it's fair to say that what John McCain did there was representing his true self. I think it was the brain cancer taking over his mind, his BODY! Think about it, liberalism is brain cancer when you think about it and he got it around the same time he started acting like a liberal. I think it's about time we replace him with someone who is of sound mind. And by sound mind I mean they vote against Obamacare... more like Obama DOESNT care!!!

  • WayneKuhr

    07/28/2017 08:50 PM

    Our comments will be at the voting booth......It will be fillet of Rino

  • Tami Crane

    07/28/2017 08:18 PM

    Change the leadership.

  • Linda Heath

    07/28/2017 07:45 PM

    I know we the people were betrayed by Democrats....now we can add Republicans to the Judas list. I'm absolutely sickened.

  • David Battle

    07/28/2017 07:29 PM

    I think we need to petition that McCain give up his current congressional insurance plan and demand that he get new insurance on the Arizona exchange.

  • Norma Burt

    07/28/2017 07:29 PM

    John McCain has served this country well. Now it's time for him to go home and spend his last days with his family.

  • Troy Torgerson

    07/28/2017 07:11 PM

    Done with Republicans as well. They not only failed a simple objective and promise of repealing Obamacare, but might have very well given the next election to the democrats. Morons can't find their butt with both hands. Term limits anyone?

  • Donna Caffee

    07/28/2017 07:04 PM

    I still say Congress should have to have Obamacare- with its outrageous premiums and all. I think they would change things quickly. They are unmotivated apparently.

  • Charlotte Mitchell

    07/28/2017 06:58 PM

    Speechless! Disappointment becoming frustration, becoming anger. So tired of the lies, the refusal to represent the will of the people. By the way, your daughter, Sarah, is a shining star. I truly admire and respect her. Wish Congress had some folks with her backbone, intelligence and dedication to our country.

  • Stephen Jones

    07/28/2017 06:37 PM

    If you want Washington to work together take them off their special health care and put them on Obamacare. They will fix it then in a short period of time. If what they are force feeding us is such a great deal then they can have the same insurance.

  • Stephen Jones

    07/28/2017 06:36 PM

    If you want Washington to work together take them off their special health care and put them on Obamacare. They will fix it then in a short period of time. If what they are force feeding us is such a great deal then they can have the same insurance.

  • Marilyn Jackson

    07/28/2017 06:29 PM

    I couldn't agree more!!! They are dispicable! I know many have worked very hard but some just are determined to undermind anything and everything. BTW if you have any influence with anyone namely Trump, I wish you would tell him to make Scaramucci to clean up his mouth.

  • Myrna Hunt

    07/28/2017 06:25 PM

    Thank you for this article. The GOP we elected are proving to be weak followers and not leaders. They are making laughing stocks out of the President and his voters. We never thought draining the swamp would need to include newly elected GOP members.

  • Mike Johnsson

    07/28/2017 06:08 PM

    Nobody cares about your opinion.

  • Holly Woodyatt

    07/28/2017 05:42 PM

    I agree Governor. What are we going to do?

  • Paula wiley

    07/28/2017 05:42 PM

    Disappointment is ongoing with our senators. Voters put forth the effort to make their wants known in no uncertain terms and then are slapped in the face by the very ones who promise they hear the outcry. Failing to say they will do whatever they want regardless. Generally in my 52 years I have felt that ' money talks' because it is extremely rare to be lower middle class and able to make a mark in politics- also my tiny single vote always seemed to be swallowed in the abyss ... yet I forged on- more and more I feel the need to be vocal, to not just be satisfied with being told my voice was heard- I want to see it in action. Do as requested or get out of the way so someone with gumption can do what is needed before this country goes to 'hell in a handbasket' if we are not already there. I miss the days of folks keeping private stuff private and politicians understanding that without 'we, the people' - they are out of a cozy job. I'm a teacher- I volunteer to serve in government during the summer break- I promise there would be forward movement because this very government requires that we do just such in education.

  • Rosemary Scott

    07/28/2017 05:35 PM

    You nailed it, Mike.

  • Marie Murray Martin

    07/28/2017 05:04 PM

    Yup.

  • M.N. Baker

    07/28/2017 04:55 PM

    So we're now going to mess with the Constitution so you whiny, sniveling Repukelicans can have your way and deny health care to millions? Sounds like a brilliant idea.

  • Beverly Bremer

    07/28/2017 04:51 PM

    So Soros wins and we lose. John may soon meet a judge that knows the heart.

  • Lynn Lawson

    07/28/2017 04:42 PM

    John McCain, last night lost the remaining piece of integrity he had. As an uninsured resident of AZ, I am ashamed to call him my senator. He promised to repeal Obamacare and stuck the knife into America's back. I'd like to see him get his treatment at the VA or have to use
    Obamacare instead of the taxpayers footing his care!

  • Susan Dyar

    07/28/2017 04:40 PM

    So, the middle class trudges on supporting the Country with or without healthcare. John MCain goes back to AZ to have the best treatments because he can afford them. Congress should be under the ACA and if they are and are subsidized by the government, it needs to STOP.
    Your daughter, Sarah, is the only one in the White House with any decorum and common sense. They can throw the rest of that crew out as far as I am concerned.

  • Jimmy G Day

    07/28/2017 04:27 PM

    I am sick of the RINO republican party, I am out of Her, Time for a New Party I have had enough.

  • Don Hedlind

    07/28/2017 04:24 PM

    McCain came back to DC to make sure President Trump knows he is the holder of the knife in Presidents back. One thing you can say about the Democrats they stay on the sinking ship all huddled together with life jackets on. Every American who keeps paying staggeringly high health premiums every month, has to point their fingers back to the Senate. Republicans obviously do not want to hold power in the Senate and McConnel has to been too nice to Dems and the RINO republicans of which he is on the same track with. He asked us to give him the Senate, these same Republican Senators voted to repeal this awful law over and over. Give us the White House and we repeal and replace this awful budget killing law, we did. Now they can't even get it done because they cannot put together a bill that will work. Dems know this, so they keep resisting and blocking.
    We need to keep beating the Dems in elections and primarying the Repubs who will not get behind the President's therefore the country's agenda.
    Elections have consequences and we need to show these turncoats, there are consequences to their actions. It is time to drain the swamp, it is time for term limits.
    God Bless the #USA.

  • Thomas S. Hoyt

    07/28/2017 04:21 PM

    Is McCain using Obamcare for his his treatments? He and the rest of his followers should be ashamed of themselves. Every time I see him, I see a waste of a Republican senate seat. He is so undeserving of the seat. He certainly doesn't act like an American..pity party because he was a POW. I'M JUST TICKED OFF !!

  • Roxanna Barringer

    07/28/2017 04:11 PM

    I'm feeling my vote for republicans is just wasted anymore, because most Senate republicans aren't any different than democrats! President Trump is being tied-up in these important issues because so many dislike him. I swear I am ready to go independent!

  • James Bryant

    07/28/2017 04:10 PM

    I am a Christian so... I will not berate myself and insult God, I value my soul more than that. I will just let you know I'm fed up with the entire process. Would not wish hell on anyone but if I did guess who it would be? Also, I'm not A Trump supporter anymore.

  • Susan poole

    07/28/2017 04:01 PM

    It is a dad day for us ordinary americans...I guess senator McCain puts us in the deplorable bucket like the democrats do. I believe the almost all our congressional leaders are only interested in a government job...not the ordinary people that believed our representatives wanted to make a difference.

  • Vicki Smith

    07/28/2017 04:00 PM

    I am furious with our Republican Party! First, I was only disheartened...but now I am angry. They are spineless, weak, ineffectual and do not keep their word. There will be no accomplishments, no tax reform, no wall, no defunding of Planned Parenthood..and in my opinion, they might as well give the majority over to the Democrats. Believe me, the Democrats would not let an opportunity go by, like we now have, to push through their progressive agenda! To be perfectly honest, Obamacare does not impact us as a family due to my husband's 21 years of service in the USMC. However, I am a life and health agent (do not offer major medical) and my Tennessee clients share with me all the time that they cannot afford their major medical premiums. In addition, the one and only carrier of Obamacare (BCBS) is pulling out of Tennessee next year. That said, our own Lamar Alexander voted NO to repeal...but voted to repeal in December of 2015...of course, at no cost to him...because he knew Obama would veto, which he did. If we go to a single payer system, we will be in the same position as the heartbroken Gard family. Hospitals and judges will decide if our loved ones live or die. I believe the Republican Party will reap what they have sown come election time. They failed the American people and are not supporting our President. John McCain, buddies with Frank Schumer, needs to switch parties! Irregardless, there is no leadership in our Party and I hold them entirely responsible for their inaction and complete failure since January 20th, with the exception of the appointment of Supreme Court Justice, Neil Gorsuch. Their press releases, media speeches and excuses are no longer listened to in our family. We have turned them off, physically and figuratively. In our home, if you do not keep your word, it means you lack integrity, character and are not to be trusted. Words are meaningless without the accompaniment of consistent and equal action. Shame on all of them!

  • Marcia Beale

    07/28/2017 03:59 PM

    I agree with you totally, Mike. I am disgusted too that when conservatives (evidently some in name only) can't get anything done when they are in the majority. Shameful!

  • Sue Romine

    07/28/2017 03:48 PM

    I am so sick of these politicians who hate Trump more than they care about the American people..I am sorry for McCain's woes but maybe God was watching.

  • Sharon Swerdfiger

    07/28/2017 03:43 PM

    I agree wholeheartedly with your comments Governor Huckabee. There is nothing worse than a back stabbing Republican unless it's a in-your-face Democrat. President Donald J. Trump WILL carry on. Just pray that he breaks their hearts too by NOT signing ANY bill that preserves the ACA, known as Obama Care.

  • Dimitri Fotopoulos

    07/28/2017 03:10 PM

    So even after multiple attempts; when you can't win a fair fight against Obamacare, and even some of your own folks don't agree, you want to change the rules of the game, midstream, by repealing Amendment 17. Good luck with that one. And eat a bag of dicks, Mike!