Thank the Lord for the Congressional Budget Office (CBO)!
You might recall that the Republican controlled House passed their version of Trumpcare before the CBO came out with its report on th ebill. They knew what they were doing. If they had waited, the bill might not have passed. The passed the bill,, and then the CBO explained why that bill was such a disaster. Ooops!
But at least they passed something, right?
Senate Republicans tried to figure out how they could sneak their version through and so drafted a`their version of a bill in total secrecy. Not even top Republicans knew what the bill would look like until it was done. Then when the wraps were pulled off, one knew why.
Mitch McConnell tried to get this stinker passed before the CBO would come out with their report, but he has not been able to come up with the votes. And so lo and behold, the CBO has come out with its report. The conclusion: the poor will get royally screwed so that the rich can get a whopper tax cut.
I do seem to recall that candidate Trump promised he would not cut Medicaid, Medicare or Social Security. This bill guts Medicaid.
Remember when Donald Trump bragged that “I was the first & only potential GOP candidate to state there will be no cuts to Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid”? This BCRA’s savings come almost entirely from cuts to Medicaid. “Spending on the program would decline in 2026 by 26 percent” as compared to current law, CBO projects.
No one knows for sure what will happen next. My bet is that even now, it will still get the support of a certain number of brain dead Republican senators. But any senator with half a brain will see an opportunity to save his or her hide by just saying no.