Behind New Obamacare Repeal Vote: ‘Furious’ G.O.P. Donors

All the government money can buy . . . CARL HULSE, SEPT. 22, 2017 WASHINGTON — As more than 40 subdued Republican senators lunched on Chick-fil-A at a closed-door session last week, Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado painted a dire picture for his colleagues. Campaign fund-raising was drying up, he said, because of widespread disappointment among donors over the inability of the Republican Senate to repeal the Affordable Care Act or do much of anything else. Mr. Gardner is in charge of his party’s midterm re-election push, and he warned that donors of all stripes were refusing to contribute another penny until the struggling majority produced some concrete results. “Donors are furious," one person knowledgeable about the private meeting quoted Mr. Gardner as saying. “We haven’t kept our promise." The backlash from big donors as well as the grass roots panicked Senate Republicans and was part of the motivation behind the sudden zeal to take one last crack at repealing the health care law before the end of the month. That effort faltered Friday with new opposition from Senator John McCain of Arizona, the perennial maverick who had scuttled the Senate’s first repeal effort. Now Republicans must confront the possibility that they will once again let down their backers with no big win in sight. ...

No giving up for these totalitarians

Inside the life and death of Graham-Cassidy Senate Republicans’ last-ditch Obamacare repeal bill saw a burst of momentum only to collapse like the other GOP plans. By JENNIFER HABERKORN, BURGESS EVERETT and SEUNG MIN KIM 09/27/2017 ... Graham called the recent push the “most amazing journey of my life" and insisted that the idea of block granting health care dollars to states — an idea that former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) passed on to Graham at the Senate barbershop earlier this year — would be the basis of any conservative Obamacare repeal plan in the future. “I think we have an idea that people can rally around," Graham said. “We now have an idea that I think Republicans understand, that the average person can understand." And a growing faction of Senate Republicans are becoming more emboldened despite their failures, echoing Pence’s message inside the GOP lunch on Tuesday that the push to repeal Obamacare needs to continue into next year. “Obviously there’s a lot of discouragement about not being able to do it but there’s also a very strong attitude that we’re not going to stop trying," Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho). “We can’t. We just have to keep working at it."

Trump’s Republican’s same as they eva was - malicious governmental vandals - who appear to despise the people they are supposed to be serving.


Supreme Court Appears Likely To Uphold Obamacare November 10, 2020 - NPR


On Tuesday, the Trump administration and a group of GOP-dominated states, including Texas, were back in the high court with a new challenge. They contended that because the mandate language is still on the books, and because the mandate was so interwoven with other provisions of the Affordable Care Act, the whole law should be struck down in its entirety. …


But when the lawyers seeking to have the whole law struck down began to argue, they ran into real pushback, and not just from the court’s liberals.

Addressing Texas Solicitor General Kyle Hawkins, Roberts said, “I think it’s hard for you to argue that Congress intended the entire act to fall if the mandate were struck down when the same Congress that lowered the penalty to zero did not even try to repeal the rest of the act.”

And with a jab at congressional Republicans, Roberts added, “I think, frankly, that they wanted the court to do that. But that’s not our job.”

Moments later, Roberts was even more explicit, pointing to what is called the court’s doctrine of severability. It calls for the court to preserve the rest of a law when it can, even if one provision or another is struck down. Roberts explained that “here, Congress left the rest of the law intact when it lowered the penalty to zero. That seems to be compelling evidence on the question.”

Justice Brett Kavanaugh echoed the chief justice’s sentiments, saying, “It does seem fairly clear that the proper remedy would be to sever the mandate provision and leave the rest of the act in place, the provisions regarding preexisting conditions and the rest.”

{even the misogynistic cipher Clarence T. defended the Act.}

Before this gives you too much renewed faith in this court, Justice Amy Coney Barrett seemed ready to go ahead a gut the whole thing.

Katyal: ‘Trump’s Argument Got Nowhere’ In Supreme Court Case To Repeal ACA

You know, Trump promised there would be so much winning that we’d be sick of winning. But I’m still not sick of it. He’s lost, what, 10 lawsuits in the past week to try to invalidate the will of the people? And the election, of course. Yeah, I still like winning.

4 Ways You Can Tell Trump’s Election Lawsuits Are a Sham It’s not about changing votes; it’s about delegitimizing Biden and democracy itself

By ANDY KROLL - Nov 12, 2020

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has yet to address the American public after news networks called the 2020 election for his opponent, President-elect Joe Biden. But Trump and his allies have stayed plenty busy filing a wave of lawsuits in battleground states attempting to challenge certain votes and prove widespread fraud in the presidential election.

To be clear, there is no evidence of widespread fraud in the 2020 elections. It’s possible there will be isolated incidents of illegal voting or miscounted ballots, as there are in any U.S. election, but both Democratic and Republican secretaries of state have told news organizations there is no merit to Trump’s claims of rampant fraud that denied him a second term. That’s because voter fraud is and continues to be extremely rare in American elections. Justin Levitt, a former Justice Department attorney and Loyola Law School professor, studied more than 1 billion ballots cast from 2000 to 2014 and found just 31 credible allegations of voter fraud.

… Here are four reasons why the Republican Party’s legal blitz won’t have any effect on the election’s outcome — but could still do grave damage to the public’s faith in free and fair elections.


The Evidence Is Extremely Weak …

These Cases Wouldn’t Change the Election Outcome …

The Most Sweeping Arguments Are Longer than Long Shots …

They’re Only Challenging Votes in the Places Trump Lost …

… Trump’s campaign and Republican officials are furiously fundraising off of their ongoing legal blitz. The Trump campaign sent its supporters 17 separate emails on Tuesday — the first at 12:14 a.m. and the last at 11:01 p.m. — with subject lines such as “STOP THE STEAL” and “Mail-in Ballot HOAX!” As the Wall Street Journal reported, the fine print in those emails says the funds raised by those emails can go toward not just legal defense efforts but retiring debt incurred by the Trump campaign. …

Election 2020: A look at Trump campaign election lawsuits and where they stand

By Meredith Deliso, Catherine Thorbecke, and Marc Nathanson
November 11, 2020 - ABC News

In the days after the election, election, the Trump campaign has been filing lawsuits in battleground states where the race has been extremely close.

Here’s a quick look at where the legal action stands.