AP reports two more opponents to Senate health bill | Arkansas Blog

Monday, July 17, 2017

AP reports two more opponents to Senate health bill

Posted By on Mon, Jul 17, 2017 at 7:59 PM

AP has just reported that Sens. Mike Lee and Jerry Moran have said they oppose the pending Senate legislation to repeal Obamacare.

Sens. Rand Paul and Susan Collins had earlier expressed opposition. If those four votes are firm, the bill as written is dead. It had been delayed for at least a week on account of Sen. John McCain's health problems.

I wonder now — if the bill is indeed dead — if Arkansas voters will be favored with any relevant comments on the legislation from its senators, Tom Cotton and John Boozman, who've essentially been in hiding on the question. Coton was one of 13 white male Republicans who participated in the secret meetings that produced the bill and, though he normally speaks robustly (to friendly reporters) on everything, he's been mute on health care. (At least since he ran unrelentingly against all things Obama to unseat Sen. Mark Pryor.)

Cotton and Boozman, anti-government, anti-entitlement, anti-poor crusaders, were in a tight spot because Gov. Asa Hutchinson had made quietly clear that the bill's reduction of Medicaid spending would be bad for his budget and, incidentally, tens of thousands of poor, elderly, disabled and children.

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