It seems that the republican Senator Susan Collins of Maine did a major fubar by being talked into voting for the US senate tax bill in the wee morning of December 2, 2017.
Her constituents have held her to task bigly for this vote to where it is very unlikely that she will vote in favor of the final legislation.
The US Senate’s Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is aware of this fact and he needs to guarantee that 51 republicans will vote in favor of the final bill’s passage.
So, the RNC Republican National Committee officials which had previously withdrawn their support for the alleged pedophile republican candidate Judge Roy Moore who is running to become the US senator from Alabama on December 12, 2017, but they have reversed their earlier decision and are now backing him because the republican senate leaders need his vote to pass their coveted Donor tax-cut bill. To say that these republicans have sold their souls to the devil for 30 pieces of silver is a major understatement.
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Here is the rest of the story about how Sen Collins got into hot water ….
On December 5, 2017, Joan McCarter of the Daily Kos penned the following report, Sen. Susan Collins, caught in a tax bill lie, faces an enraged electorate back home
Maine Sen. Susan Collins was a critical single vote on the disastrous Republican tax bill. She pretended for days that she was holding out for promises from Mitch McConnell on legislation she had to see pass in return for her vote—promises she knew McConnell wasn’t in a position to make. Let any speculation about whether Collins was acting in good faith in these negotiations end now. She has proven that when it comes to tax cuts for the donor class, she’ll lie to America with the best of them.
On Meet the Press Sunday, Chuck Todd asked Susan Collins how she could support a huge tax cut after having complained about excessive debt. “Economic growth produces more revenue and that will help to offset this tax cut and actually lower the debt,” she calmly replied. An incredulous Todd asked Collins how she could defend such a claim when every study has concluded the opposite. She cited Glenn Hubbard, Larry Lindsey, and Douglas Holtz-Eakin.Jennifer Rubin got ahold of two of the three, Hubbard and Holtz-Eakin. Both economists denied having ever claimed the Republican tax cuts would produce enough growth to recoup the lost revenue.
She’s now reaping the reward for her vote in Maine. When she returned back home after helping kill Trumpcare in the Senate, she was greeted as a hero at the airport. After this vote, she was greeted by protesters who stood with their backs to her. The protests are not letting up, as protesters basically took over her Bangor office, with an electrician, a nurse, a senior, and a veteran getting arrested when her staff complained to police. That’s not going to make for very good headlines for her back home. Since the protesters vow to continue their efforts until they secure her “no” vote when the bill goes back to the Senate after conference, those bad headlines are just going to continue.
Collins has made a total fool of herself and it gets worse for her every day.
Her only hope of redemption now will be not voting for this travesty when it comes back to the Senate. But she’s already forfeited any claim she’s had on being one of the principled Republicans.
As per a 12/6/17 Washington Post by Helaine Olen, “The latest bit of bad news for Collins comes from Avalere Health. According to an analysis the healthcare consulting company released this morning, the reforms sought by Collins, while helpful, are possibly “overshadowed” when the Senate tax bill’s repeal of the individual mandate is taken into account.”
“The basic problem is that according to the Congressional Budget Office, mandate repeal will cause premiums to spike. The two pieces of legislation that Collins is supporting would try to make up for this. One bill would give insurers $4.5 billion over the next two years to help compensate for the costs of covering sick – read expensive – patients, something known as reinsurance. The other bill would restore payments to insurers — which Trump had stopped — and which would cover the cost of insuring low income people, otherwise known as cost-sharing reductions, or CSRs.”
Together, they are supposed to keep down premiums. Caroline Pearson, a senior vice president at Avalere, told The Hill that their study concludes that “From a premium point of view, we do think reinsurance and CSRs probably covers the mandate.”
But this remains unclear. Topher Spiro, a health policy analyst at the liberal Center for American Progress, points out that the analysis actually doesn’t support that conclusion, once you take account of the fact that Trump has already halted the CSRs; restoring them will merely return us to the previous status quo.
What’s more, a number of healthcare wonks recently told Vox that the second of these two bills will not do nearly enough to fix the spiking premium problem.
And finally, the actions sought by Collins only cover a two-year period, and Avalere’s own experts conclude that once they expire, they would do little to deal with spiking premiums. As Elizabeth Carpenter, a senior vice president at Avalere, put it: “Eliminating the requirement to purchase coverage would create additional uncertainty in the market. It is important not to overlook the negative impact of repealing the individual mandate on long-term market stability.”