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Thursday, March 23, 2017

In a last-minute effort to sink the Republican health care bill, a powerful network of conservative donors said Wednesday it would create a new fund for Republican 2018 reelection races -- but they'll only open it up to GOPers who vote against the bill. The advocacy groups helmed by Charles and David Koch have unveiled a new pool of money for advertisements, field programs and mailings that would exclude those who vote for the health care bill they oppose on Thursday. "We want to make certain that lawmakers understand the policy consequences of voting for a law that keeps Obamacare intact," Americans for Prosperity president Tim Phillips said. "We have a history of following up and holding politicians accountable, but we will also be there to support and thank the champions who stand strong and keep their promise."


But Nunes's refusal to disclose how he had obtained the documents and his unusual handling of the material -- which he withheld from other committee members even while rushing to present it to the White House -- were interpreted by some as a sign that his discovery was engineered to help the White House.


Friday, March 10, 2017

Millions of people who get private health coverage through the Affordable Care Act would be at risk of losing it under the replacement legislation proposed by House Republicans, analysts said Tuesday, with Americans in their 50s and 60s especially likely to find coverage unaffordable. Starting in 2020, the plan would do away with the current system of providing premium subsidies based on people's income and the cost of insurance where they live. Instead, it would provide tax credits of $2,000 to $4,000 per year based on their age. But the credits would not cover nearly as much of the cost of premiums as the current subsidies do, at least for the type of comprehensive coverage that the Affordable Care Act requires, analysts said. For many people, that could mean the difference between keeping coverage under the new system and having to give it up. read more


Thursday, March 09, 2017

A story posted Tuesday on right-wing website Breitbart – of which Chief Trump Strategist Steve Bannon was formerly the executive chair – slammed Paul Ryan's health care plan and the White House for claiming that the legislation fulfills their promise of fully repealing the landmark health care law.

Instead, the conservative site says the replacement bill doesn't go far enough in hurting the maximum number of Americans.


Monday, March 06, 2017

WASHINGTON -- The GOP's first Obamacare replacement proposal landed in the legislative hopper on Monday, as two Republican senators outlined their preferred alternative to the Affordable Care Act.

The move comes amid conflicting signals from Republicans about when and how they will dismantle Obamacare and enact their own health care reform plan.


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