Republicans Keep Using This Shockingly Dishonest Argument To Sell Their Health Care Plan

June 29, 2017

What might take the cake, however, is one of the GOPs main rationales for why Obamacare needs to be junked rather than simply shored up. Key Republicans, includingHealth and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, argue that the law enacted in 2010 failed because millions of people still have no health insurance. Meanwhile, they push legislation that would add to this problem. Thats not to say that the current draft of…

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Warren Buffett Makes The Case For Single-Payer Health Care

June 29, 2017

In an interview on PBS NewsHour, host Judy Woodruff asked Buffett, a longtime Democratic donor, how the United States should address the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. With my limited knowledge, I think that [single payer] probably is the best system, Buffett said. In almost every field of American business, it pays to bring down costs, he said. Theres an awful lot of people involved in the medical,…

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Sen. Murkowski on health care bill: ‘I don’t have enough information’

June 27, 2017

Washington (CNN)Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Monday that she doesn’t “have enough information” to vote for on the Senate GOP’s health care bill. Murkowski’s comments come just hours after the Congressional Budget Office released a report on the Senate bill’s impact, prompting multiple Republicans to express doubts about the legislation or reiterate that they would not vote for the bill in its current form.

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McConnell’s test: Can he do more than obstruct?

June 27, 2017

(CNN)Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is facing a major test this week. Since revealing the details of the Republican health care plan, McConnell has watched as a number of important senators in his own party announced their concerns or opposition. Some, such as Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, have urged him to postpone the vote based on the assumption that, at this moment, it would not pass the upper chamber where…

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Koch brothers’ political network critical of Senate healthcare bill

June 25, 2017

Colorado Springs (CNN)As growing opposition imperiled passage of the Senate version of the healthcare bill, leaders of the conservative Koch network voiced sharp criticism of the legislation at their donor retreat here — stating that the bill needed dramatic changes before they would support it. “This Senate bill needs to get better. It has to get better,” said Tim Phillips, a top lieutenant in the network who recently met with…

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Trump Reaches Out To Lawmakers On Healthcare As Another Says ‘No’

June 24, 2017

President Donald Trump made calls to fellow Republicans in the U.S. Senate on Friday to mobilize support for their partys healthcare overhaul while acknowledging the legislation is on a very, very narrow path to passage. White House officials said on Friday that Trump has been in touch with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and made calls on Thursday and Friday to other lawmakers. Were pleasantly surprised with a lot of…

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No tapes? Trump has us through the looking glass

June 23, 2017

(CNN)As the Mad Hatter of the White House tweeted his response to Congress’s questions on Thursday about the existence of audiotapes related to James B. Comey’s firing as FBI director, he stayed true to character. “I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings,” President Trump announced. But he also added that “with all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking and illegal leaking of information, I…

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Senate Republicans Are Closer Than Ever To Repealing Obamacare

June 7, 2017

Senators still lack an actual bill, and the compromises needed to pass the Senate could imperil the legislation in the House, which will also have to back it.But Tuesday was a pivotal day for discussions in the upper chamber and seemingly a positive one as Republicans try to build a 50-vote coalition to repeal Obamacare. McConnell is working with hardly any margin for error. He can afford to lose only…

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Senate introduces first bill to provide insurance for gig workers

May 26, 2017

Uber drivers are getting some attention from the Senate.Image: Eric Risberg/AP/REX/Shutterstock We know about the problems with the gig economy: workers who drive for Uber, deliver food for Postmates, and run errands on TaskRabbit don’t have health insurance or any other guarantees or benefits from their employers and their ranks are only growing. While the growth of gig jobs has gotten lots of attention from major companies, research firms, and…

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Trump Administrations Womens Rights Lip Service Turns Irony Up to 11

May 23, 2017

Today, White House press secretary Sean Spicer announced to a room of incredulous reporters that President Donald Trump made womens empowerment a priority during his campaign. But that wasnt even the emptiest gesture the Trump administration made for womens rights today. After civilization collapses and humans are all but wiped from Earths memory, all that will be left are cockroaches and the echoes of bitter guffaws of feminists who watched…

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Another White Supremacist Monument Comes Down. At Least 700 More To Go.

May 20, 2017

Its the fourth and final Confederate monument the city hadslated to take down, and its removal marks the end of one of Americas more successful and publicized campaigns to expel symbols of white supremacy from public property. This cult had one goal, he explained, through monuments and through other means, to rewrite history to hide the truth, which is that the Confederacy was on the wrong side of humanity. The…

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Elizabeth Warren Has A Real Plan To Drain The Swamp In Washington

May 17, 2017

Other lawmakers and policy experts gathered at Washingtons Four Seasons Hotel focused on defending the Barack Obama-era status quo against President Donald Trumps onslaught, rather than on proposing ambitious new ideas. In her scathing remarks, Warren portrayed a Washington compromised by the largesse of big corporations and the ultra-rich long before Trump came to power. The former bankruptcy law professor and originator of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau decried the…

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