LOOP: Straight Obamacare repeal bill dies quickly



HEALTH CARE // Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Plan B was to repeal Obamacare and replace it within 2 years. That idea was already dead by lunch. But McConnell will still push for a vote next week on the bill. Unless something changes, the bill is doomed as all Democrats, and four Republicans have announced their opposition. http://cvote.it/2u8uYfT

HEALTH CARE // With the Senate health care bill dead, and “repeal and replace two years later” also dead, Senators are unlikely to go with a more free-market solution. And in fact, just on queue, Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, is trying to convince Senate Republicans (who are former governors) to join with him and create a “bipartisan” health care solution. http://cvote.it/2u8uHtg 

HEALTH CARE // CatholicVote’s Brian Burch on the health care fail: “Insurers continue to abandon markets. Medicaid is sprinting toward insolvency, and the disastrous Obamacare law continues to leave Catholic families in the lurch… We are realists and know the path to health care reform remains very, very difficult. But Obamacare is imploding. Something must be done, sooner than later. We simply cannot run from this debate.” http://cvote.it/2u8FljB

RELIGION IN AMERICA // No one seemed to notice, but a new Pew Research poll has a revealing look on the state of religion in America today. You would never know it from the “mainstream” media, but a majority of moderates, independents, and conservatives all believe that religious organizations and churches have a positive effect on our country. But it’s a very different story among liberals. http://cvote.it/2u8FzY3

ABORTION // No surprise: Planned Parenthood is suing the state of Iowa over two pieces of pro-life legislation requiring a 72-hour waiting period and mandating doctor consultations for women considering the procedure. http://cvote.it/2u8jTLJ

ONLINE SPEECH // Facebook purged as many as two dozen popular Catholic pages. One page called “Catholic and Proud” had more than 6 million likes. It was removed without explanation. http://cvote.it/2u8pilN

CATHOLIC // Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput slams the Vatican article on Catholics and Evangelicals in the United States published last week by La Cavilta Cattholica as “an exercise in dumbing down.” Working together to fight for religious liberty and the unborn is a good thing, the archbishop said. “We should thank God for the unity it brings.” http://cvote.it/2u8zRFE

CATHOLIC // A Senate committee considers Callista Gingrich as Vatican ambassador. http://cvote.it/2u80LgM

SAINT // Saint Mary MacKillop – http://cvote.it/dailysaint

DAILY MASS // “The Lord is kind and merciful.” (Ps 103:8) – http://cvote.it/Daily-Readings



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Joshua Mercer is a co-founder of CatholicVote.org, where he serves as Political Director. Mercer previously served as Washington Correspondent for the National Catholic Register and Chairman for Students for Life of America. He lives in Michigan with his wife and six children.


  1. Let me see if I understand this correctly:  when President Obama appointed five ambassadors who are gay (not to the Vatican), your website said this was a very bad thing for America.


    In fact, you pointedly called out President Obama:  “Why not appoint a gay, gay marriage-promoting ambassador to the country which is most recognizably and consistently opposed to redefining marriage in the world?”

    Apparently, it would be wrong to do so, from your perspective.  Fair enough.

    And so President Trump has nominated Callista Gingrich to be the next ambassador to the Vatican.  Where is your anger?  Let’s just change up the quote to fit the reality of the situation:  “Why not appoint an ambassador who committed adultery for six years, knowingly engaging in an affair with a man she knew was married and cheating on his wife, to the country which is most recognizably and consistently opposed to redefining marriage in the world?

    Your hatred for gay people and the free pass you give to heterosexuals to literally do anything they want is disgusting.  You are not being Catholic when you blindly support Republicans and condemn Democrats, no matter what.

  2. Ryan Schroeder on

    I had to laugh this morning at the lengths you are willing to go to to defend the Republican Party. The Senate Republicans crafted the current health care bill with 1) no open sessions and 2) no hearings. No Democrats were invited to participate. These are basic, well-reported facts.


    In your view, that is a bipartisan approach. A bill that is put together by both Democrats and Republicans is not bipartisan.

    What is going on here?!?

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