Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Now is a Great Time for All of Us


Now that Sen Manchin has finally played his hand for the FOX cable commentators and their Trump zealots by announcing his nonsupport for the Build Back Better Act, it's a great time to vote on the bill.

I agree with Sen. Sanders that the Democratic leadership must move ahead in the Senate and vote on the Build Back Better Act, especially so now that the United Mine Works have made their position clear to Sen Manchin that they favor the Act. 

If the Act fails to pass the Senate, then they must go to people in an all-out campaign to elect more Democrats to the Senate in the November 2022 midterm election. A recent poll shows that many Americans favor adoption of individual components of the Act.

"There are certain parts of the bill that are very appealing to Americans, though — namely, expanded health care access. In fact, when Morning Consult/Politico asked respondents to select the five most important provisions in the bill, four of the five top issues were health care-related. For instance, the House version of the bill adds $150 billion over 10 years in funding for Medicaid home care for seniors and people with disabilities — the largest increase in funding for this program since its creation. According to Morning Consult/Politico, more registered voters said this funding was an important component of the bill than any other — and a whopping 76 percent of registered voters supported it."

"The second biggest priority in the bill per Morning Consult was allowing Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices, which 71 percent of registered voters supported. In addition, 65 percent supported more funding for affordable housing, and 75 percent supported the expansion of Medicaid to cover hearing services."

Realistically, it's hard to understand why the Democratic leadership hasn't already been playing "hardball" with the Republican Party Fascists traitors. After all, they did commit treason by assisting Mr. Trump in attempting to overthrow the duly elected government of the United States. 

Even more incredulously, is why conman Trump and his carnival barker, snake-oil-selling gang of Congressional sycophants remain free to continue to bamboozle Trumpian believers. Every day they are not behind bars grants them more time to continue foisting their outright lies and propaganda on the American public, undermining faith in our democracy and the Constitution they swore to defend.

Importantly, now is also a great time for all of us, too, because it affords the Progressive Democrats a new opportunity to demand that all the programs deleted from the original Build Back Better Plan to please Sen. Manchin, are restored, voted on, and passed by the soon to be newly empowered Democrat Party Senate majority.

Bernie Sanders' reaction to Joe Manchin's bombshell, 19 Dec 2021

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