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The Future of the U.S. House of Representatives

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GOP Heads Off Major Internal Fight Over Medicaid Expansion ... For Now

 

http://talkingpoints...ansion-fight--2

 

Introduction:

 

Republicans pushing for passage of GOP leadership's Obamacare replacement bill were able to head off a major intra-party fight over how the legislation handled Medicaid expansion -- at least for now, as supporters of phasing out expansion even sooner than the current bill withdrew an amendment to that effect Thursday.

 

Under the leadership's bill, the American Health Care Act, Medicaid expansion would be allowed to continue until the end of 2019, at which point enrollment would be frozen, with the expectation that the program would wither away on its own. Conservatives are pushing for that deadline to come sooner, and Wednesday, during the mark up of the AHCA in the Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) introduced an amendment that would have frozen the program at the end of 2017. By Thursday morning, as criticisms of the idea from expansion state Republicans began to rack up, the amendment had been withdrawn and the bill passed by the committee with its expansion provisions as is.

 

"The challenge is, is you've got a diverse set of stakeholders, you've got moderate senators, you've got conservative folks like me in the House, and then you have the governors, you've got to keep them on board," said Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX), an Energy and Commerce committee member who is supportive of moving forward the year expansion would freeze from 2020 to 2018.

 

"That would have spooked the governors," he told TPM, adding that "if we convince the governors it's OK," that it could come back later in the process.

Before it was withdrawn, it had earned the endorsement of the Republican Study Committee, a group a of 170-or-so conservative member whose chair Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC) (pictured) has been very critical of the leadership's legislation. Thursday afternoon Walker said "we're still trying to get there," when asked about the fate of expansion amendment and a seperate proposal to impose work requirements on certain Medicaid enrollees that the RSC also endorsed.

 

A pattern seems to be emerging.  Presentation of an outlandish idea that quickly gets retracted leaving a big question mark as to what will happen next.  Finally, the deep fractures and crevices within the Republican coalition are beginning to show. Continued obstructionism has left the party with a House full of members who know how to obstruct and precious few who know how to construct coalitions.  Meanwhile, the Democrats know that if they just hold firm to their values, the Republicans will self-destruct due to a lack of a unifying force.

 

The legislative branch may be a toxic disaster zone for the GOP, but they still have all of those appointees in the administrative branch. Hopefully, that branch will stay in such a state of disorganization and lunacy at the top that no effective leadership will be forthcoming.  


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 Congressmen Debate About Vladimir Putin

 

http://www.motherjon...-russia-estonia

 

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Representative Dana Rohrabacher (Republican-California): “Do you remember the Phoenix Program in Vietnam? I remember the Phoenix Program. I supported the Phoenix Program. We murdered hundreds of local officials. How about Allende? How about Diem? How about any number of people during the Cold War that we assassinated? That's wrong, it's wrong to do that, but please do not say that Russia is the only country that commits these kinds of crimes."

 

Rohrabacher also compared Putin to Richard Daley, the late mayor of Chicago, saying that Russia is "being run by tough guys—sort of like Mayor Daley, in Chicago, is transported over to Russia." Daley "beat demonstrators up and did not represent anything what America was all about, but he was not some vicious dictator. He had been elected by his people and we would try to unelect him as well." He added, "What's happening in Russia, of course, is you have a country watching out for its national interest."

 

After Rohrbacher's history lesson, Representative Gerry Connolly, (Democrat-Virginia) asked (Toomas Hendrik) Ilves (former president of Estonia) to expand on his answer about Russian aggression. 

 

 "I didn't get to finish," the former president said, referring to the kidnapping of the Estonian official. "That was a military action. Troops came over and kidnapped this guy." He then noted massive military exercises the Russians perform at borders in the region, and not just between Russia and Estonia. "I mean, they do mock bombing raids on Sweden," he said. "So it's not just us."

Connolly then addressed Rohbacher's comparison of Putin with Daley. "I went to school in Chicago during his mayorality," Connolly said. "I didn't know him, but I assure you, Vladimir Putin is no Richard Daley. Richard Daley did not have his political opponents assassinated. He didn't send them into exile. He didn't put them in prison. He didn't silence the press. He didn't assassinate members of the press. He didn't exile members of the press. He sparred with them, and sometimes he was bested…There is no comparison, and I think we do ourselves a disservice by not recognizing on a bipartisan basis the gravity of the situation we face."

  

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This is one of many media stories I have seen or read discussing what appears to be a widespread effort to put pressure on Congress to tnot take actions that threaten the Affordable Care Act.

 

Recess Actions Spur Health Care Accountability

 

https://ourfuture.or...-accountability

 

Extract:

 

Citizens have refused to take no – or no-shows – as answers when elected officials sidestep questions at town hall meetings about Republican plans to cut health care and the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

 

….New York Republican Representatives Claudia Tenney, David Donovan, Elise Stefanik and John Faso all refused to meet with voters in February  – in Faso’s case, so he could attend a $1,000-a-plate fundraiser instead.

 

…“In all the years I’ve been organizing, I’ve never seen a spontaneous upsurge of engagement like this,” says Ciera Pennington, Field Director of the West Virginia Citizen Action Group (CAG). “People who have never been active before are demanding access to, and answers from, their elected officials, and I don’t see this energy leveling off.”

 

This surge of interest in accountability has also prompted West Virginia communities to host “Citizen Lobbyist” trainings, in which CAG teaches community members how to effectively engage their elected officials.

 

…New Jersey Rep. Tom MacArthur’s office was flooded with calls after he alleged town hall meetings were organized by paid agitators. NJ Citizen Action partnered with South Jersey Indivisible to hold “empty chair” town halls in his and other districts.


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GOP Health Bill Clears Hurdle

 

http://www.bigstory....y-groups-say-no

 

Introduction:

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican leaders drove their long-promised legislation to dismantle Barack Obama's health care law over its first big hurdles in the House on Thursday, claiming fresh momentum despite cries of protest from right, left and center.

 

After grueling all-night sessions, the Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means committees both approved their portions of the bill along party-line votes. The legislation, strongly supported by President Donald Trump, would eliminate the unpopular tax penalties for the uninsured under the Affordable Care Act, replacing Obama's law with a conservative blueprint likely to cover far fewer people but — Republicans hope — increase choice.

 

The vote in Ways and Means came before dawn, while the Energy and Commerce meeting lasted past 27 hours as exhausted lawmakers groped for coffee refills, clean shirts and showers.

 

Angry Democrats protested that Republicans were acting in the dead of night to rip insurance coverage from poor Americans. But Republican leaders sounded increasingly confident that, after seven years of empty promises about undoing Obama's law, they might finally be able to overcome their own deep divisions and deliver a bill to Trump to sign.

"This is the closest we will ever get to repealing and replacing Obamacare," Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin said at a press briefing where he arrived in shirt-sleeves to deliver a wonky power-point presentation on the GOP bill, part TED Talk and part "Schoolhouse Rock."


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Sebelius on GOP Healthcare Plan: 'I'm not sure what the goal is here'

 

http://thehill.com/p...he-goal-is-here

 

 

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(Former Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen) Sebelius said the GOP's healthcare plan has kept some pieces of ObamaCare.

 

"The pre-existing condition," she said. "They have kept some subsidies, but I would say in sort of the wrong place to the wrong folks."

 

She said the GOP's healthcare plan does "serious damage to the whole marketplace theory."

 

"And companies will flee, given the uncertainty," she said.

 

The country is now at the lowest point of uninsured Americans "that has ever been recorded," she said.


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CBO Report: 24 Million Fewer Insured by 2026 Under GOP Health Care Bill

 

http://www.cnn.com/2...care/index.html

 

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(CNN)Twenty-four million more Americans would be uninsured by 2026 under the House Republican health care bill than under Obamacare, including 14 million by next year, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office said Monday.

 

The long-anticipated score immediately puts the writers and supporters of the GOP Obamacare repeal bill on the defensive. It is also certain to complicate the party's already troubled efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

 

The CBO, along with the Joint Committee on Taxation, found that 5 million fewer people would be covered under Medicaid by 2018, and 14 million fewer people would enroll in the program by 2026. Meanwhile, 6 million fewer Americans would be covered in the individual market by 2018, but by 2026, only 2 million fewer people are expected to be covered. That's in part because fewer employers would offer insurance to their workers, driving more people to the individual market.

 

In total, an estimated 52 million people would be uninsured by 2026 under the GOP plan, compared to 28 million who would lack insurance under the current law.

 

…."I think that throwing 24 million Americans off of health insurance, raising premiums for older low income Americans, while giving $285 billion in tax breaks to the top 2% is a disgusting and immoral proposal," Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, told reporters. "Thousands of Americans will die if this legislation is passed and we have to do everything that we can to see that is defeated."

 

 

One wonders how many Americans who voted for Trump now have their health insurance threatened as a result of their vote.


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Trumpcare is going to kill millions of people over the next decade as it won't allow large sections of our society to have even the most basic of healthcare. It is morally wrong.

Freedom is coming to America again after eight years of socialism.

 

 

Eight years of socialism?

 

I will tell you what was socialistic.  The old system of health care prior to the enactment of Obama care.

 

Why?

 

Consider what would happen.  Without insurance, Americans typically put off seeing the doctor, doing regular check-ops, paying for diagnostics, etc.  

 

Result?

 

 

They would finally end up in the emergency care unit of their local hospital.  A local hospital that was typically run by county government.  This socialized form of health care was the only care available to them.  Obamacare introduced an element of the private insurance market where it had not existed before. 

It was modified on a system developed by the Republican Mitt Romney.

 

You call throwing millions of people out of the insurance market an increase in choice?

 

I call it a return to a socialistic form of medical practice in which the federal government abdicates it's role to take responsibility to provide needed assistance at the federal level, leaving it to the Counties to re-introduce socialism at the local level.

 

It is not an increase of choice, it is a reduction.


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According to Speaker, Health Care Plan Must Change to Pass the House

 

https://www.washingt...m=.44910cd9cf99

 

Introduction

 

(Washongton Post) House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Wednesday that his health-care proposal must change to pass the House, marking a significant retreat from his earlier position that the carefully crafted legislation would fail if substantially altered.

 

Ryan acknowledged that changes would be made two days after an analysis issued by the Congressional Budget Office prompted a fresh round of criticism of his proposal. Among the report’s projections was that 14 million fewer Americans would be insured after one year under the Republican plan.

 

Speaking after a private meeting of GOP lawmakers, Ryan said that leaders would “incorporate feedback” from the rank-and-file in response to the CBO findings. He did not repeat his previous comments calling support for the bill a “binary choice” for Republican lawmakers.

 

“Now that we have our score we can make some necessary improvements and refinements to the bill,” he said, referring to the CBO’s estimate of the effect on the number of those covered by health insurance and what the GOP proposal would cost.


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Tom Cole: Trump's Proposed Cuts To National Institute of Health, and Center for Disease Control Are 'Short-Sighted'

 

http://talkingpoints...udget-blueprint

 

Introduction:

 

Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), a top Republican who sits on the House Appropriations and Budget Committees, on Friday morning signaled he was not on board with all of President Donald Trump's proposed cuts in his budget blueprint.

 

The blueprint would slash funding for the National Institutes of Health and shift funding for the Centers for Disease Control to states, which Cole said would be a mistake. 

 

"I don't favor cutting NIH or Centers for Disease Control. You're much more likely to die in a pandemic than a terrorist attack, and so that’s part of the defense of the country as well," Cole said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

 

The Republican congressman said that the CDC protects Americans from diseases like Ebola and that the NIH does crucial research on cancer and Alzheimer's Disease.

 

"So these in my view are cuts that are very short-sighted. These are investments the country ought to be making," he said, adding that funding for health research is as important as defense spending.

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GOP Rep. Says He Would 'Never Vote' To Cut Meals On Wheels Funding

 

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/chris-collins-save-funding-meals-wheels

 

Introduction:

 

Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY), who was the first member of Congress to endorse President Donald Trump in the 2016 campaign, said on Thursday night that he does not support the administration's proposal to cut funding for the Meals on Wheels program.

 

"This is the President's budget, I'm not sure where the details came from. But when we get into appropriations, Meals on Wheels is a wonderful program. It is one I would never vote to cut even one dollar," Collins told CNN's Van Jones.

 

Trump's budget blueprint release on Thursday eliminates the Community Development Block Grant program, which gives states money for projects like Meals on Wheels, a program that provides food to poor, elderly Americans.

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Future Visions of House Action

 

https://ourfuture.or...-indian-country

 

Introduction:

 

Remember the sequester? Ah, the good old days. The new Trump Administration budget is short on details, but clear on direction. And we do know two things. First: If enacted, this budget would shrink the federal government to a much smaller size. Except for the military and the Veterans Administration. And, second, this budget guarantees chaos ahead.

 

Thursday morning the White House officially released the “skinny budget.” That’s an overall statement about the president’s financial goals for the year. It lists priorities, but provides few details. And this document does even less of that than previous skinny budgets.

 

But the agenda, the direction ahead, would create a very different federal government. There is money available to approve (and pretend to regulate) energy projects, but nothing, really nothing, for public broadcasting, the arts, and the humanities. All told some 19 federal agencies would be eliminated.

 

This is where I should add: Hold on! Every one of these agencies has a constituency in Congress. You’ll see 535 budget revisions coming soon with members working to restore funding, and in some cases, even increasing the total amount of appropriation. But the overall direction is less. This is the eighth year of a slowing (and perhaps shrinking) federal government.

 

This is also where chaos kicks in. The political tension that surfaced in Congress over the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act will only magnify in this budget debate. And to pass this budget, Republican leaders will need votes from Democrats. And if there is no agreement, then there could a shutdown of the government that could last much longer than previous episodes. The best case scenario is a continuing resolution that results in cuts, but not as dramatic as those proposed by the White House.

  The article goes on to focus on possible impact to first nation tribal communities.


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GOP Representative: Trump Owes Obama Apology for 'Reckless' Wiretap Claim

 

http://www.msn.com/e...=ob-fb-enus-280

 

Introduction:

 

 

 

Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) on Friday called for President Trump to apologize to former President Obama for accusing him of "wiretapping" Trump Tower without evidence.

 

"I see no indication that's true. It's not a charge that I would ever have ever made, and frankly unless he can produce some pretty compelling proof, then I think President Obama is owed an apology in that regard," Cole said.

 

"If he didn't do it, we shouldn't be reckless in accusations that he did."

 

Cole is the first GOP lawmaker to call for an apology, although other Republicans have questioned why Trump made the accusation without proof.

 

White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Thursday defended Trump, saying: "The president has already been very clear that he didn't mean specifically wiretapping. He had it in quotes. So I think to fall back on that is a false premise. That's not what he said. He was very clear when he talked about it yesterday.

 

@ Spicer: If memory serve me correct, he stated that Obama did something "worse than Watergate." This implies something illegal or unethical.  A FISA warranted wire tap is neither illegal or unethical because it requires an independent judge to conclude there is probable cause to believe criminal conduct has been undertaken by the target of the proposed surveillance.  So , unless Trump is forthcoming with evidence to back his claim, he owes Obama an apology.  Not more bull excrement weasel word excuses from a "spokesman" like your self.  Your pay grade must be pretty high for you to be willing to ruin your own reputation in this way.   


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Republicans Revamp Health Bill, Boost Benefits to Older Americans

 

http://www.reuters.c...me=domesticNews

 

Introduction:

 

U.S. House Republicans are working on changes to their healthcare overhaul bill to provide more generous tax credits for older Americans and add a work requirement for the Medicaid program for the poor, House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Sunday.

 

Ryan said Republican leaders still planned to bring the healthcare bill to a vote on the House of Representatives floor on Thursday. Speaking on the "Fox News Sunday" television program, he said leaders were working to address concerns that had been raised by rank-and-file Republicans to the legislation.

 

Republicans remain deeply divided over the healthcare overhaul, which is President Donald Trump's first major legislative initiative. It aims to fulfill his campaign pledge to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, the signature healthcare program of his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama.

 

Democrats say the Republican plan could throw millions off health insurance and hurt the elderly, poor and working families while giving tax cuts to the rich.

 

"We think we should be offering even more assistance than the bill currently does" for lower-income people age 50 to 64, Ryan, the top Republican in Congress, said of the tax credits for health insurance that are proposed in the legislation.


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Opening Remarks - House Intelligence Committee Hearing to Take Testimony of FBI Director 

 

https://www.washingt...m=.ec773b1024bf

 

 

 

 

Congressman Schiff: Last summer at the height of a bitterly contested and hugely consequential presidential campaign, a foreign adversarial power intervened in an effort to weaken our democracy and to influence the outcome for one candidate and against the other. That foreign adversary was of course Russia and it activated through its intelligence agencies and upon the direct instructions of its autocratic ruler Vladimir Putin, in order to help Donald J. Trump become the 45th president of the United States.

 

The Russian active measures campaign may have begun as early as 2015, when Russian intelligence services launched a series of spear fishing attacks designed to penetrate the computers of a broad array of Washington based Democratic and Republican party organizations, think tanks and other entities. This continued at least through the winter of 2016.

 

While at first the hacking may have been intended solely for the collection of foreign intelligence. In mid-2016 the Russians weapon eyes the stolen data and used platforms established by the Intel services, such as D.C. leaks in existing third-party channels like WikiLeaks to dump the documents. The stolen documents were almost uniformly damaging to the candidate Putin despised, Hillary Clinton. And by forcing her campaign to constantly respond to the daily drip of disclosures, the releases greatly benefited Donald Trump's campaign.

 

None of these facts is seriously in question. And they're reflected in the consensus conclusion of our intelligence agencies. We will never know whether the Russian intervention was determinative in such a close election. Indeed, it is unknowable in a campaign to which so many small changes could have dictated a different result. More importantly, and for the purposes of our investigation, it simply does not matter.

 

At this writing, the hearing is proceeding.  It will be interesting to see what headlines come out of today's testimony.


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Trump is currently tweeting so hard trying to delegitimatize the hearing.


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^^^Interesting.  By coincidence, I was about to post this story. It would seem that the more he tries to destroy the legitimacy of other branches of government, the FBI, etc. the more credence he gives to charges that the Russians supported him in order to try to destroy the legitimacy of the U.S. government.

 

 

Trump Job Approval Drops to 37%

 

 

http://www.cnn.com/2...rail_bottomlist

 

 

 

(CNN)President Donald Trump's job approval rating has dropped to 37%, while 58% of Americans disapprove of his performance so far as president, new Gallup figures show.

The approval ratings, Trump's worst since taking office two months ago, come as FBI Director James Comey is expected to tell lawmakers that there is no evidence for the President's unverified claim that former President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the election.

 

Trump's approval rating hovered in the mid-to-low 40s in the weeks following the beginning of his presidency.

 

Aside from the controversy over Trump's wiretapping claim, the latest poll numbers suggest growing dissatisfaction with his performance following the chaotic rollout of Republicans' plan to replace the Affordable Care Act and reaction to his travel ban that has faced stiff legal opposition.

 

Gallup tracks daily the percentage of Americans who approve or disapprove of Trump's job performance. The daily results are based on telephone interviews with about 1,500 national adults and have a margin of error 


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If Trump is serious in his threats, this could be a gift for the Democrats who would stand to gain from a Republican party that has become highly fractured.

Could we finally be seeing a massive failure of Republican party discipline?

 

 

Trump Warns House Republicans: Repeal Health Law or Lose Your Seats

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/21/us/politics/house-republicans-health-care-donald-trump.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=0

 

Introduction:

 

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Tuesday turned up the pressure on recalcitrant Republicans to support a sweeping bill to overhaul the health care system, threatening wavering lawmakers in his party with political payback if they failed to get behind a measure that has become an early test of his negotiating power.

 

In a series of meetings and phone calls at the White House and on Capitol Hill, Mr. Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Republican congressional leaders haggled with holdouts over details as they struggled to assemble a majority to support a bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The legislation is scheduled for a floor vote on Thursday in the House.

 

But at a private meeting with House Republicans at the Capitol, the president also delivered a blunt warning that many of those present would lose their seats in next year’s midterm congressional elections if the effort failed.

 

“I’m going to come after you,” Mr. Trump told Representative Mark Meadows, Republican of North Carolina, a prime holdout and the chairman of the conservative Freedom Caucus, a hotbed of concern about the legislation, according to several people in the room who described his comments on condition of anonymity because the session was private. “I believe Mark and his group will come along, because honestly, a loss is not acceptable, folks.”

 

Mr. Trump told Republicans at the meeting that after voting repeatedly to repeal the health care law and campaigning in 2016 on doing so, they had an obligation to back the bill and would lose their majority if they “blow it,” attendees said.

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President Trump and Tom Price, the secretary of health and human services, arriving for a meeting with House Republicans at the Capitol on Tuesday.

 CreditDoug Mills/The New York Times


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Trump Tells G.O.P. It’s Now or Never, Demanding House Vote on Health Bill

 

https://www.nytimes....ss&emc=rss&_r=0

 

 

 

WASHINGTON — President Trump issued an ultimatum on Thursday to recalcitrant Republicans to fall in line behind a broad health insurance overhaul or see their opportunity to repeal the Affordable Care Act vanish, demanding a Friday vote on a bill that appeared to lack a majority to pass.

 

The demand, issued by his budget director, Mick Mulvaney, in an evening meeting with House Republicans, came after a marathon day of negotiating at the White House and in the Capitol in which Mr. Trump — who has boasted of his deal-making prowess — fell short of selling members of his own party on the health plan.

 

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan emerged from the session and announced curtly that Mr. Trump would get his wish for a vote on Friday. Mr. Ryan refused to answer reporters’ questions about whether he expected the measure to pass.

 

Although the House Republicans’ closed-door meeting became a cheerleading session for the bill, their leaders braced for a showdown on the floor, knowing they were likely to be at least a handful of votes short of a majority for the health insurance bill and would need to muscle their colleagues to the last to prevail.

 

Some conservatives were still concerned that the bill was too costly and did not do enough to roll back federal health insurance mandates. Moderates and others, meanwhile, were grappling with worries of their states’ governors and fretted that the loss of benefits would be too much for their constituents to bear.

 

 

It is beginning to look like Trump is more interested in getting this issue behind him than he is in genuinely reforming the health care system.  If that is the case, and a Friday vote results in a failure to pass reform measures, then that would be a win for the Democrats.  Of course, it might clear the path later for some Republican wins.


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House Leaders Cancel Vote On Obamacare Repeal In Devastating Setback

 

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President Donald Trump announced Friday that the House of Representatives would postpone a planned vote on the American Health Care Act, the Republican bill to repeal Obamacare.

 

The news was first reported by Robert Costa of the Washington Post, who spoke to the president directly.

 

The announcement came while a debate over the bill was still playing out in the House chamber, with GOP leaders realizing they lacked the votes to prevail. 

 

It was not immediately clear when Congress plans to resume consideration of repeal ― or whether it will do so at all.

 

The postponement is a devastating defeat for Trump and Ryan, and a major setback in the crusade against Obamacare that has defined Republican Party politics for seven years.

 

 

So, when Obama was president, the Republicans didn't have any problems passing bills to repeal Obama care.  Now that they have a president who might actually sign the legislation, suddenly they can't muster the votes to repeal or amend.  Is that a chicken clucking sound I hear in the background?  


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Indivisible Guide to Lobbying Congress

 

 

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Taking local congressional action isn't rocket science; it’s Civics 101. In the Indivisible Guide, we describe a couple types of simple in-person tactics you can use to make your Members of Congress listen (but feel free to get creative and think up more!):

 

1. Public Events. If your Member of Congress is hosting a town hall or attending a public event, use this tool to coordinate your group’s attendance. If they’re not hosting any public events, use the tool to set up your own--just be sure to invite them and the local press. 

2. District Office Visits. Every Member of Congress has local, publicly-accessible district offices--there’s probably one nearby you! Indivisible groups across the country have already been showing up at these offices to make their voices heard...

 

We may connect you with other state organizers from partner organizations to facilitate coordination and planning. This platform is not intended for electioneering or use by a political party.

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