I think this illustrates why it isn't optional, the filibuster absolutely must go.
Sens. Martha McSally of Arizona, Susan Collins of Maine, Cory Gardner of Colorado, Joni Ernst of Iowa and Dan Sullivan of Alaska, who are trying to reassure voters about their defense of insurance protections for preexisting conditions, backed the Democrats' measure. Another Republican, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who opposed Obamacare repeal efforts three years ago, also supported the bill.
But the bill fell 51-43, short of the 60 votes needed to advance.
Even with 5 Republicans breaking ranks (because they are scared shitless) it is still 9 votes short of the cloture vote. This was largely symbolic and about protecting existing ACA not any expansion, not a public option, not any other more progressive legislation. Any more progressive will have zero support from the other side and may result in a few Democratic defections.
If the Democrats take the Senate but the cloture vote rule (filibuster) remains intact then zero absolutely zero progressive legislation will pass the Senate. There just aren't 60 Senators who will vote in favor of progressive legislation.
Need to be called out.
They want money even though they have tons already. Fuck the rich they create these problems and must be blamed for it.
always get their irresponsible, undeserved, tax cuts with 51 votes in the Senate, then it takes 60 votes to repeal them.
THAT'S why the filibuster needs to go.