Senator Joe Manchin (D.Wva.) has issued a warning to Progressives who hope to use the new social spending bill to expand Medicare. This was reported by The Hill on September 23. It also appeared in the Dennis Michael Lynch conservative update.
“Manchin fires warning shot at progressives’ hopes to use the sweeping social bill to expand Medicare,” wrote The Hill. Manchin warned that Medicare needed to be “stabilized” and that by 2026 the trust fund would be “debt insolvent.”
Progressives returned angry responses to Manchin’s statements. Public commentator George Takei has choice words for Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema who were in his view, “threatening the Biden agenda.”
Let's be clear. It is Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema who are threatening the Biden agenda. The progressive caucus is aligned behind the president. The American people strongly support Build Back Better to address climate change, eldercare, and child care.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) September 23, 2021
Other Democrats responded by saying that it was “the most ridiculous thing,” that they had ever seen that Democrats were stopping the interests of progressives.
Some of Takei’s followers responded that he should be in the Senate “replacing Feinstein.”
Joy Reid turned her attention to the people who “fund” Manchin and Sinema. Reid linked to an article that argued Sinema had “raked in cash” from the Chamber of Commerce, the Business Roundtable, and “other groups trying to gut the reconiliation bill.”
— Joy-Ann (Pro-Democracy) Reid 😷 (@JoyAnnReid) September 23, 2021
Reid pointed to the corporate lobbies she claimed were behind Sinema’s reason for rejecting the Progressive push on Medicair for the sweeping social bill.
Reid’s followers echoed her opinions, asking how the “will of the people,” came to be “morphed by careerists (politicians).”
Jared Yates Sexton, a liberal political analyst, argued that Manchin and Sinema were “holding hostage,” funds that could save the planet. Others called Manchin a “disgrace to his party.”
Continued heated Liberal rhetoric continued to argue that Liberals “thought that they had Manchin nailed down.”
Arguments centered around the opinion that Manchin had held hostage funds and that he falsely argued that the spending bill would create inflation.
The Daily Mail wrote an article on September 23 claiming that Joe Biden had demanded Joe Manchin just “give him a number” to work with on the massive spending bill as heated debate continued.