Sen. Lindsey Graham promised there would be “holy hell to pay” if Donald Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
That was unusually strong language for Washington (though it paled in comparison to the blue comments by the incoming White House communications director), uttered in defense of Graham’s former Senate colleague, a racist liar who conveniently forgot about his meetings with Russians.
Yet Graham saw fit to vote, once again, to repeal the Affordable Care Act. He and at least 48 of his Senate colleagues most certainly won’t go to holy hell on behalf of the millions of Americans who would lose health insurance if the ACA were repealed and replaced with anything Republicans have thus far served up.
The Republicans keep insisting that they’re trying to kill the ACA to keep their promise to the American people. Only they’re not listening to the American people, who — despite the lies told them — have come to understand the value of the ACA and want only for its weaknesses to be fixed. Most Americans are not clamoring to lose health coverage or deny it to their neighbor.
No, the Americans for whom the Republicans will go to holy hell and back are the deep pockets who stand to add to their riches if the incremental taxes raised to pay for the ACA are eliminated. And who have paid plenty of money to buy loyal members of Congress and the Senate to make sure that happens.
Oh, what I’d give for a country in which Graham and his ilk would be willing to pay holy hell to ensure that Americans don’t go bankrupt and die because they can’t afford health insurance.