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Republicans Pull Health Care Bill, This Week in Words: March Madness, Trump Truck – Monologue

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The Republican health care bill makes no sense

The bill doesn’t know what problem it’s trying to solve.

For more Vox analysis: http://www.vox.com/2017/1/5/14179258/obamacare-repeal-republican-votes-trump
You can read the bill here: http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/06/politics/house-republicans-obamacare-repeal-replace-text/ https://waysandmeans.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/03.06.17-AmericanHealthCareAct_Summary.pdf

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Republicans in the House have finally released a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare: the American Health Care Act. The GOP healthcare bill keeps some of the most popular parts of Obamacare, like letting young adults stay on their parents’ health insurance until age 26 and requiring insurance companies to cover people with pre-existing conditions.

But the Republican bill gets rid of the key element that made Obamacare work: the individual mandate. Now that people aren’t required to have insurance, healthy people could leave insurance pools en masse, leaving sick people who are more expensive to cover.

Hypocrisy is a minor sin in politics, but still, it is remarkable how much of it there is to be found in this legislation. A core Republican complaint when Obamacare was passed was that the law delayed many of its provisions in order to reduce public outcry and manipulate the CBO’s score. The GOP bill is similarly aggressive with such tricks, delaying changes to the Medicaid expansion until 2020 and pushing Obamacare’s tax on expensive insurance plans out until 2025.

Because Republicans aren’t even trying to win Democratic votes, they’re stuck designing a bill that can wiggle through the budget reconciliation process (another thing they complained about Democrats doing). That means they can’t make major changes to insurance markets like repealing Obamacare’s essential benefit standards or allowing insurance to be sold across state lines. That last part is particularly striking, given that it was one of President Trump’s five demands in his speech last week. I’ve always been skeptical about the savings Republicans could wrest by changing those regulations, but now they can’t get those savings at all — which means sacrificing a key part of their theory of cost control.

This bill has a lot of problems, and more will come clear as experts study its language, the Congressional Budget Office release its estimates, and industry players make themselves heard. But the biggest problem this bill has is that it’s not clear why it exists. What does it make better? What is it even trying to achieve? Democrats wanted to cover more people and reduce long-term costs, and they had an argument for how their bill did both. As far as I can tell, Republicans have neither. At best, you can say this bill makes every obvious health care metric a bit worse, but at least it cuts taxes on rich people? Is that really a winning argument in American politics?

In reality, what I think we’re seeing here is Republicans trying desperately to come up with something that would allow them to repeal and replace Obamacare. This is a compromise of a compromise of a compromise aimed at fulfilling that promise. But “repeal and replace” is a political slogan, not a policy goal. This is a lot of political pain to endure for a bill that won’t improve many peoples’ lives, but will badly hurt millions.

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After Meeting With Trump, More Republicans Drop Support For Their Own Healthcare Bill

Donald Trump met with House Republicans earlier this week to pressure them into supporting the GOP’s American Healthcare Act, but he didn’t get the results that he wanted.  After the meeting, no fewer than 10 House Republicans dropped their support for the bill, showing that Trump isn’t as powerful or influential as he’d like to be. Ring of Fire’s Farron Cousins discusses this.
 
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Bill Bennett: GOP Establishment Have 'Closed Their Minds' to Trump

Bill Bennett: GOP Establishment Have 'Closed Their Minds' to Trump
Although Trump has been critical of the party over its nominating process, Bennett suggested that they "take the high road," just as "Kelly File" host Megyn Kelly did recently in meeting Trump at his Manhattan high rise even after he has repeatedly …
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Bill Maher On Republican Debate & Donald Trump Dick Size

Bill Maher Calls Out Trump: ‘Show Us the Dick Certificate’

Bill Maher, the outspoken comedian and TV host, and Donald Trump, the orange real estate mogul turned leading Republican candidate for president, have an interesting history. In the midst of Trump’s racist birther crusader against President Obama, Maher made a crack on the Tonight Show joking he’d donate million to charity if Trump produced a copy of his birth certificate to prove he’s not the “spawn of his mother having sex with an orangutan.”

Now Trump, who isn’t the biggest fan of the First Amendment—and has never met a lawsuit he didn’t want to file—sued Maher for million over the joke (he later withdrew the suit), leading the comic to tell the thin-skinned heir to “suck it up” on his program Real Time with Bill Maher.
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Bill Ayers Spotted at Massive Anti-Trump Protest That Shut Down the Republican

Bill Ayers Spotted at Massive Anti-Trump Protest That Shut Down the Republican
Amid the huge protest that shut down last Friday's rally in Chicago for Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, radical left-wing activist Bill Ayers spoke on camera about what he's observing as the 2016 campaign turns increasingly nasty …
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Bill Maher On Republican Debate & Chris Christie Endorsing Donald Trump

Bill Maher On Republican Debate & Chris Christie Endorsing  Donald Trump

Real Time With Bill Maher On Republican Debate & Chris Christie Endorsement to Donald Trump

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GOP women urge Trump to drop talk of Bill Clinton sex scandals

GOP women urge Trump to drop talk of Bill Clinton sex scandals
Republican women have a message for Donald Trump: Enough with Bill Clinton's sex scandals. It's not that they're waving Trump off the issue to help Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton. On the contrary, they're worried that the more Trump talks …
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GOP's Donald Trump calls Bill Clinton a 'great abuser'

GOP's Donald Trump calls Bill Clinton a 'great abuser'
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump sought to assail Democrat Hillary Clinton on Wednesday by calling her husband, former President Bill Clinton, "one of the great abusers of the world." …
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