Tuesdays with Dana, 9/19/17

Today we stood with our fellow CA-48 constituents to defend the Affordable Care Act again. The healthcare law has come under attack again by the Senate with the Cassidy-Graham bill. Republicans want to pass this bill before parliamentary rules revert to the 60-vote majority requirement and their hopes to repeal the Affordable Care Act are dashed. This bill, according to analysts, is potentially worse than previous iterations of the GOP repeal attempts. It will decimate Medicaid and remove protections for people with pre-existing conditions. The bill is trying to be rushed through again under the shadows, with no debates, no hearing, no CBO scoring. This is never how legislation affecting all Americans and 1/6th of the economy should be handled, and yet the GOP is so mired in the promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act that they have again abandoned governing principles to enact dangerous legislation without proper procedure, with no bipartisan support or input, and with just a few days left to squeeze it through congress.

Dana Rohrabacher has been savaged lately in the media for his independent quest to exonerate Donald Trump from the Russian election interference investigation by seeking a pardon for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in exchange for intelligence about the 2016 DNC hack, but he will definitely find the time to vote Yes in congress for the Cassidy-Graham repeal bill if it should pass in the senate. With just a few days left for Republicans to force this bill down the throats of the American people, we have to stand up against it. Whip counts are yet unclear, but it is important that the American people know what's in this bill and what it will do to the healthcare system should it be enacted. Senator John McCain was a spoiler in the party for the previous attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and his action on the senate floor made clear his desire for regular order and bipartisan, cooperative governing. As his own party defies this sentiment, we still must fight the repeal with our voices and our feet until the September 30th deadline.