As the Senate’s Orwellian “Better Care Reconciliation Act” enters into a leadership-induced coma, I expect Senator Daines to follow suit of many of his colleagues and take a swing at the comatose vessel of the BCRA.
Senator Daines telegraphed this move a bit earlier this week. Daines bragged about putting the bill text on his website and claimed he wanted to hear from Montanans on the issue.
Of course he wanted to hear from Montanans from the comfort of his plush DC digs not in Montana. You see, if he came to Montana he might have to look the child who’s health care he hopes to take away in the eye.
After Daines championed his transparency, and laid the draft text of a hypothetical bill on the internet for all to see, the bill quickly changed. Daines said nothing of how he might vote.
Then the Congressional Budget Office report came out. It confirmed what we all knew, this bill is a turd wrapped in tinfoil. Again, Daines’ held a moment of silence for all the lost coverage of his constituents.
Now that Boss Mitch has shelved the bill for another week Daines will start his not so long con.
He will come out against the bill, talk about how it needs work, needs to “address rural needs.” I am sorry, but Steve Daines wouldn’t know rural if he fell out of a private jet in Hysham.
Once he beats up on a version of the bill that will never see a vote Daines will arrive to accept his prize.
Heck, he might even hold an in-person town hall! Get high fives, pats on the back, and THANK YOU for listening Steve tattooed on his back.
Then Daines will come back home to Washington. Mitch will have wrapped this turd in even more tin foil and sell it to Steve as just the most exquisite pair of silver earrings.
Daines will then tout the Montana driven changes he secured–maybe injuries sustained from a body slam will no longer be covered–put those purrdy earrings on and when Mitch says jump, Daines will say “how high?”
And the thousands of Montanans will be left on the ground, without coverage, and without a hope in the world.
There, I laid it out for you. Now don’t fall for it.