WHAT I SAID TO SEN. ROB PORTMAN THIS MORNING…

July 18th, 2017

After reading of the cowardly plan by Senate Majority Leader Addison Mitchell McConnell Jr. (R-Ky.) to duck-and-cover by repealing the Affordable Healthcare Act without a viable replacement I called and wrote to my Republican senator, Robert Jones Portman, to let him know how I feel.

This was my message:

Good morning,

My name is Jeff Hess and I live in North Royalton Ohio.

I’m calling this morning to encourage Senator Portman to not kick the greatest challenge the senate faces—real healthcare for all Americans—down the road by voting to repeal the affordable healthcare act without a fair and just replacement passed by the congress and signed by the President in place that doesn’t condemn tens of thousands of Ohioans and millions of Americans to lives of suffering and early deaths.

I’m asking that Senator Portman do the job we elected him to do—govern and not pander to the billionaires who care only for their personal wealth; not our great nation.

Thank you.

Voting to repeal the Affordable Healthcare Act without a replacement is a move I would expect from the senators from our neighbor to the south, not one I will accept from my own senator.

I also contacted Sen. Sherrod Campbell Brown (D-Ohio) to voice my continued support, to let him know of my message to his colleague and to encourage him to reason with Sen. Portman.

Here’s how Rich Lowery, editor of the Conservative National Review reacted to McConnell’s plan:

With Mike Lee and Jerry Moran declaring their opposition, the latest Senate health-care bill is dead. McConnell now wants to revert to what was his original idea of repeal-only. The problem is that the CBO score will be much worse—a projected 32 million fewer with insurance rather than 22 million—and even repeal-only isn’t true repeal (the repeal-only bill in 2015 left the Obamacare regulations untouched). If Republicans can’t pass what is, in relative terms, a generous version of a repeal bill, it’s hard to see how they are going to get a more stringent version over the hump—they may get Mike Lee and Rand Paul on board, but they will presumably lose from the left of the caucus. McCain is already out with a statement calling for a bi-partisan bill. If the current fight isn’t completely over, it’s certainly closer to the end of the end than the end of the beginning. We may well be witnessing one of the greatest political whiffs of our time

This is what the Grand Old Party has reduced itself to.

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