Senator John McCain recently indicated that he will not sign the new attempt to finally repeal Obamacare, called the Graham-Cassidy Bill. This bad piece of news meant that the legislation would be officially on the ropes, since Republican Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski may not sign it, either.
With those three Republicans down, the bill would fall short with only 49 “yes” votes. If it reached 50 votes, Vice President Mike Pence could cast a tie-breaking vote in favor of it. According to some insiders, however, one prominent Democratic Senator is considering switching party allegiance to Republican and voting “yes” for the bill.
Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia has not been supportive of the bill, even going so far as to say when asked about it recently, “If there was something that I thought was better that gave me a pathway to really get West Virginians healthier and take care of what their needs are right now, I would be looking at it any way possible and I have done that.”
The moderate added, during his conservation with the hosts of Fox & Friends, “I just don’t see that pathway with the Graham-Cassidy bill. I see a pathway under the bill that we have before us, the Affordable Care Act if we rework that bill.”
However, Edward Lulie of the Daily Caller Foundation suspected that this is bluster and that Sen. Manchin will come through for the bill. Explained Edward, “The Governor of West Virginia, Jim Justice, changed his party affiliation to Republican in August. He knew that Trump was a big winner in WV and that there was little downside politically to changing sides to the GOP as that party is now favored by voters.
Consider Democrat Joe Manchin, who is running for re-election in as Senator in West Virginia. Why should he stay with a party that looks to have lost the state. What advantage does being a Democrat give him?”
He continued, “Timing is everything here. President Trump should invite the GOP senate leadership over to have coffee and a chat with Senator Manchin on Monday. Success would see a major shift of power and President Trump getting a victory that the country desperately needs.” Do you think Manchin will do it, if only to save his own skin?
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