Seeing who can get the biggest financial kickback from policies that are supposed to be supporting average Americans seems to be the most popular game in D.C. GOP circles these days.
This Wednesday, Congressional Republicans are working on passing an overhaul of the nation’s tax system that is widely hated on the part of the American population, and for good reason, with favoritism shown in the bill to the wealthy. The final version of the bill was passed by the House, but when it reached the Senate, Democratic Senators pointed out that a few provisions in it violated Senate rules. Thus, the bill had to be altered before being approved by the Senate, thus creating the need for a re-vote in the House.
There are a few generally moderate, anti-Trump Republicans in the Senate, with these Republicans having been responsible for sinking the GOP’s earlier plans to completely repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Senator John McCain gets a lot of credit for casting the “deciding” vote to sink the GOP’s ACA repeal efforts, but he had to have other Senators, like Maine’s Susan Collins, on his side for his vote to have been as effective as it was.
In the case of the GOP’s latest major policy push, party leadership was actually successful in getting the support of Senators like Collins. The Senate approved the GOP tax plan late Tuesday night.
That does not mean, however, that there doesn’t remain massive opposition to the GOP’s tax bill on the part of the American people, just like there was massive opposition to the GOP’s plans to repeal ObamaCare. To be sure, it’s not as though Congressional Republicans have shown themselves to be particularly interested in listening to the will of the people — they’ve proceeded with their plans without regard to the public’s opinion.
Famous actress Rosie O’Donnell was one of those to push for Senators like Collins to sink the GOP tax plan, and she included a noteworthy offer as a part of her efforts.
Writing on Twitter late Tuesday, she offered $2 million to both Arizona GOP Senator Jeff Flake and Susan Collins if they voted against what’s been widely nicknamed the “GOP tax scam.”
Check out her post with the offer below.
She replied to some of the comments on her post, and at one point she posted a photo of Sen. Collins with her family, asking if Collins’ family would support her decision to vote for the GOP tax plan.
susan – 2 million dollars cash
call if u want to negotiate
do u think your family is proud of u @sennatorcollins
woman – mother – grandmother – sister – daughter
u have betrayed us all
— ROSIE (@Rosie) December 20, 2017
As she pointed out in another reply, the GOP tax scam stands to seriously threaten the stability of the nation’s health care system.
It includes a repeal of the ACA’s mandate that essentially everyone in the country have health care. Thus, going forward, not as many people will be paying into the ACA markets, meaning that prices are likely to go up, if many insurance companies even stay in the markets at all.
GOP Senators have acknowledged this fact, but they’re okay with it. Texas GOP Senator John Cornyn quipped to reporters that repealing the individual mandate will make the ACA “unworkable,” but he’s fine with this because he thinks — even though people’s lives could be threatened in the process — that the repeal will force Democrats to go along with the GOP’s plans for an entirely new national health care plan.
Cornyn is fine with trusting the “invisible hand” to keep people from dying.
Besides Cornyn, as O’Donnell noted on Twitter, other GOP Senators were compelled to support the GOP tax scam through components being added that would benefit them personally.
Senator Bob Corker, for instance, announced his support of the measure after a provision was added that benefits individuals with “pass through” income like he has.
Congresspeople are supposed to be looking out for the people of the United States and fulfilling their wishes, but they’re not doing that.
Check out Twitter’s reaction to O’Donnell below.
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