Monday Morning Thread

Good morning, Spartans. Unfortunately, the Ryancare kabuki theater and drama rolls on with a chance missed last week to halt the bill’s progress.

Trump is clearly feeling the heat from his base, and CNN reports he may now be balking:

The Trump administration, under pressure from conservative lawmakers, appears increasingly open to changing legislation repealing and replacing Obamacare in order to placate the right — but that may guarantee at least this version of the bill is as good as dead in the Senate.

The political calculation is setting off a domino effect on Capitol Hill.

Just days to go before a Thursday vote on the House GOP bill, moderate Republicans have already expressed deep reservations about making drastic reforms to the current health care system. Making additional changes to satisfy conservatives is certain to strengthen opposition among centrist Republicans.

But moving the bill to the right dooms the proposal in the Senate, where the GOP has a razor-thin majority.

Rand Paul is also vowing to kill Ryancare:

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Sunday said he does not believe proposed Republican healthcare legislation will pass through Congress.

“I don’t believe so. I think there’s enough conservatives that do not want ‘ObamaCare lite,’ ” Paul said on ABC’s “This Week.”

Paul during the interview stressed a clean repeal of ObamaCare.

“None of us ran on this plan. We ran on repealing ObamaCare because it doesn’t work,” Paul told ABC’s “This Week.”

Paul has dubbed the new GOP plan, released earlier this month by House Republicans, “ObamaCare lite,” and has vowed to vote against the measures once they reach the Senate.

“I was elected in 2010 right after it came into place, to repeal it,” Paul said of former President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare legislation.

We will see if this sudden opposition is “real” or if it’s kabuki theater being put on to entertain the base in the hopes of fooling those who can still be fooled. For all of the loud claims of Trump’s doubts about the bill, last week he was successfully helping Ryan whip the GOP into line. I am not really confident opposition will hold in the Senate, but we will see what happens.

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