Senator Struggling To Weigh Interests Of Entire Constituency Against Nothing
WASHINGTON—As legislators gathered Tuesday for a critical vote that would go a long way toward finally repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) was reportedly struggling to weigh the interests of her entire constituency against absolutely nothing. “Honestly, it’s a tough call—on one hand, you have opposition to the repeal from a majority of Republicans, virtually all Democrats, and the entire healthcare industry, while on the other, you have not one sound argument or credible opinion,” said Capito, admitting she was, even now, having difficulty balancing her desire to keep as many West Virginians insured as possible with there being no reason whatsoever to do otherwise. “This is an agonizing decision. Sure, there are sound justifications for voting no on ‘repeal and replace,’ but then there’s emptiness, literal emptiness, when you look for reasons to vote yes. All I know is, I have to get this right somehow.” At press time, Senator Capito had resigned herself to the fact that both sides had valid points and she would just have to go with her gut when the time came.
UPDATE: When the time came, Shelley Moore Capito not only voted to bring the repeal bill to the floor of the Senate, she also voted for the bill, even though 17 of her Republican colleagues voted against it. So much for her former loudly voiced opposition.
As Electoral-Vote points out, the motion to bring a bill to the floor for a vote required both the surprise return of John McCain to the Senate, but also a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence. That means that every single Republican Senator (except for Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski, who voted no) was the “deciding vote” to move forward with killing Obamacare. Given how popular Obamacare currently is with just about everyone other than Trump’s base, including a bunch of Republican governors, it is no surprise that the Democrats have already started running ads against individual senators who voted yes and who are up for re-election next year.
Also published on Medium.