The Wednesday Read: Health Care, McCain, & Special Election

Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made. – Otto von Bismarck

Today I provide independent commentary about the following items for this edition of The Wednesday Read:

  • Senate Health Care
  • McCain’s Speech
  • Montana Special Elections

Senate Health Care:

It was an exciting time in the U.S. Senate Tuesday! Just to start a debate on health care the Senate deadlocked 50-50. That forced Vice President Mike Pence to cast the tie-breaking vote making it 51-50. (Reuters)

By the way, 5150 was a great album from Van Halen that was released in 1986. Check it out sometime.

Later in the day, the Senate rejected the first Obamacare repeal proposal 43-57.

USA Today tells readers what will happen next in the Senate health care debate. Check out the story HERE.

I’m betting little, if anything, gets done. Remember, whatever the Senate passes, the House also has to pass.

McCain’s Speech:

U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) came back to the U.S. Senate for the first time since being diagnosed with brain cancer to cast votes in the health care fight.

He also gave a speech. You can read/watch it HERE.

This was one of my favorite parts:

This country – this big, boisterous, brawling, intemperate, restless, striving, daring, beautiful, bountiful, brave, good and magnificent country – needs us to help it thrive. That responsibility is more important than any of our personal interests or political affiliations.

Of course, the haters were out in full force.

To set the record straight, when anyone uses the line like, “it would be cool if McCain dropped dead on the Senate floor” or “I wish McCain was dead” to start a debate about an issue as some people did when talking about McCain, that shows nothing but pure ignorance.

Montana Special Elections:

The Associated Press reported that a judge has lowered the bar for independent and third-party candidates to qualify for future Montana special elections after three men claimed the state’s requirements unconstitutionally kept them off the ballot in the state’s special congressional election in May.

Basically, independent and third-party candidates are still screwed.

U.S. District Judge Brian Morris changed the rules and instead of independent and third-party candidates needing about 14,000 signatures to qualify, they will need to obtain 80 signatures per day from when a special election is called to the deadline for submitting candidate petitions with the secretary of state’s office.

I believe that independent and third-party candidates should be treated the same as Republican, Democrat, and Libertarian candidates in Montana. While Morris may believe he helped the situation, it is still nearly impossible for regular citizens to gather that many signatures to get on the ballot.

Shame on you, Judge Morris.



3 thoughts on “The Wednesday Read: Health Care, McCain, & Special Election

  1. 6 hours later, McCain voted for the bill he said would vote against.

    • Doug – That is true. I’ve seen McCain’s politics up close and personal when I worked in the Senate. No matter how much an asshole he was at times, I never wanted him dead. That was my point. Thanks, JmB

      • I don’t either. I hope he has a rapid and full recovery. Good thing he’s covered by Obamacare, like Scalise and the rest of Congress.

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