From the beginning, Republican Senator Ron Johnson (WI) has been skeptical of the unorthodox way in which Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell has attempted to push through the Senate replacement for Obamacare. According to Johnson, McConnell’s insistence that the bill comes to a vote immediately has not given himself and others the time they need to fully investigate. Said Johnson,
We haven’t given outside groups, much less the CBO or HHS or OMB, the time to weigh in. This is complex. We need to ask: ‘What does this idea do? What would be the effect of that?’ We should have started back in February going through that iterative process and doing analysis. But instead, here we are. It’s enormously frustrating to me.
Hmmm. This sounds vaguely familiar, almost as if the Dems have been screaming it for months?
Despite his doubts about the bill, Johnson was willing to vote to pass because he is a horrible person and wants to take Medicaid away from millions of elderly and disabled Americans– until earlier this week when it was revealed that McConnell had been playing both moderate and ultra-conservative Republicans by promising them different things. While touting the extreme cuts to Medicaid and the end of Medicaid expansion programs to conservatives, McConnell was promising moderates that these cuts would never go into effect because they are scheduled so far in the future.
According to Johnson, this duplicity on the part of McConnell is a huge breach of trust and makes him highly unlikely to vote for the bill:
I am concerned about Leader McConnell’s comments to apparently some of my Republican colleagues — ‘Don’t worry about some of the Medicaid reforms, those are scheduled so far in the future they’ll never take effect.’ I think those comments are going to really put the motion to proceed in jeopardy, whether it’s on my part or others. If our leader is basically saying don’t worry about it, we’ve designed it so that those reforms will never take effect, first of all, that’s a pretty significant breach of trust, and why support the bill then?
Has Johnson even met McConnell? All it takes is one look his slimy, disgusting face to know he is a slippery snake who will do and say whatever is needed to get his way. Sorry, Senator Johnson, but we are not buying your incredulity at the prospect of Mitch McConnell speaking out of both sides of his mouth. He pretty much invented that game and has been doing it for years.
But it IS nice to hear someone on the right FINALLY calling McConnell out on his lies.