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Friday, January 20, 2017
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Tom Price, Obamacare

Price Confirmation Hearing Previews Obamacare Fight

Price and the Republicans on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee described their coverage goals almost exactly the same, with the addition of one key word—providing access to coverage for everyone. It doesn’t sound like much of a departure from the Democrats’ language, but in fact, the phrasing implies a dramatically different approach.

January 19, 2017
Boycott, Trump

Yes, Political Boycotts Are A Form Of Free Speech

Obviously, there are effective boycotts and ineffective ones, stupid boycotts and well-directed ones, boycotts by the right, left and middle. The point here is that for whatever reason, a person has a right to withhold his or her custom. A consumer boycott does not muzzle anyone. Freedom of speech doesn’t end at the cash register.

January 19, 2017
Bernie Sanders on a merry go round to who knows where

Danziger: The Circle Game

Bernie Sanders is coming around again, rallying Americans against repeal of the Affordable Care Act, intervening in the contest for a new DNC chair, and — as Danziger observes — riding that political carousel.

January 18, 2017
Americans, Voter

Conservative Or Liberal? Here’s What Americans Really Believe

Data from Pew Research studies and Gallup polls conclusively demonstrate that Americans, in their deepest political/social beliefs, are thoroughly liberal in most of their views and moderately liberal in the balance. They are not the “conservatives” described by the relentless propagandists of the right.

January 18, 2017
Obamacare, ACA

Reuters/Ipsos Poll: Majority Of Americans Do Not Want To Repeal Obamacare

“There is some recognition, even from Republican supporters, that the underlying goals of the law are worthwhile,” said Jack Hoadley, a research professor at Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute. “They still want something done, they don’t want it to disappear.”

January 17, 2017
Trump's Obamacare repeal promise: insurance for everybody

Trump’s Big Health Care Promise: ‘Insurance For Everybody’

“We’re going to have insurance for everybody,” Trump told the Washington Post. “There was a philosophy in some circles that if you can’t pay for it, you don’t get it. That’s not going to happen with us.” Trump was also quoted as saying in the interview that he would target pharmaceutical companies over drug pricing and insist they negotiate directly with the Medicare and Medicaid government health plans for the elderly and poor.

January 16, 2017
Trump

6 Of Donald Trump’s Most Appalling Moments This Week

Never has there been a leader more deserving of stories full of innuendo and giggle-inducing allegations about him. You reap what you sow, to quote Donald Trump’s second-favorite book, right after his own ghostwritten tome.

January 15, 2017
Obama, Goodbye American President

President Obama’s Historic Presidency Comes To A Close

You have performed on the highest, most public stage there is, sir, faced headwinds unprecedented in American politics and nonstop disrespect from the GOP. But you did so with unflappable dignity, unshakable class … and urbane cool. No stench of personal scandal wafts after you as you leave office, and the country is better for your service.

January 15, 2017
Anti-Trump, Protesters, Trump Inauguration

5 Things You Can Do To Resist Trump Before Inauguration Day

With less than a week until Inauguration Day, many Americans have a busy schedule of crying and looking at slideshows of President Obama. But much like George W. Bush reminded America when he wanted us to go shopping again after 9/11, we can’t let the terrorists win. Grab a phone, a pair of comfortable shoes, and some friends. It’s time to put the pressure on.

January 14, 2017
Trump, Protesters, Civil Rights

Washington Protesters Vow To Fight For Civil Rights Under Trump

U.S. civil rights activists vowed on Saturday to defend hard-fought gains in voting rights and criminal justice during the presidency of Donald Trump, kicking off a week of protests ahead of the Republican’s inauguration. The Rev. Al Sharpton said Democrats in Congress needed to be sent a simple message: “Get some backbone.”

January 14, 2017
Repealing Obamacare

U.S. House Votes To Begin Repealing Obamacare

No Democrats supported the initiative. Nine Republicans voted against the measure. With this vote, Republicans began delivering on their promise to end Obamacare, which also was a campaign promise of Republican President-elect Donald Trump.

January 14, 2017
Small business owner Jeff Jeans tells Paul Ryan how obamacare saved his life

#EndorseThis: A Republican Saved By Obamacare Confronts Paul Ryan

Small businessman Jeff Jeans told his moving personal story to the House speaker during a CNN Town Hall event — concluding with a heartfelt shout-out to the President who saved his life.

January 13, 2017
Obamacare

Killing Obamacare Would Kill Jobs

Republicans already knew that Obamacare was not a job killer. It was not “government-run” health insurance. There never were “death panels.” It was all a big play to win elections.

January 12, 2017
Obamacare sign up explodes after Trump elected

U.S. Senate Approves Measure Launching Obamacare Repeal Process

Senate on Thursday took a first concrete step toward dismantling Obamacare, voting to instruct key committees to draft legislation repealing President Barack Obama’s signature health insurance program.

January 12, 2017
Trump Campaign, Make America Great Again

Make America Great Again? Trump’s Boldest Campaign Promises Get A Reality Check

Trump, who was often content to gloss over details while campaigning, is quickly grappling with the complexities of governing. Though Republicans will have majorities in the House and Senate and control of the White House for the first time in 10 years, fissures have begun to emerge on how to deliver on their campaign promises.

January 12, 2017
Bernie Sanders, Obamacare, Trump

Trump Has To Rescue Obamacare Or Admit He’s A Liar

We should be finding ways to join the rest of the industrialized world and guarantee health care to all people as a right. This is the conversation American policymakers need to be having right now. And we’re not going to let Trump or Congress forget it.

January 10, 2017
Obamacare, GOP repeal

The Obamacare Repeal Game Is A Complete Disgrace

Every other modern nation guarantees health care as a right of citizenship. Even their conservative leaders don’t touch benefits that beat ours by a mile. This Obamacare repeal game is, at bottom, an insult to the dignity of the American people. Actually, it’s a disgrace

January 10, 2017
Obamacare, Ryan, Republicans GOP

5 Ways GOP Repeal Of Obamacare Takes From The Poor And Gives To The Rich

Here are five takeaways showing why the known parts of the GOP’s repeal and (most likely not) replace plan amount to Robinhood in reverse: taking from the poor, working- and middle-class and giving to corporate Americans and Wall Street.

January 9, 2017
McConnell, GOP, Obamacare Repeal

Senate To Act This Week On Obamacare Repeal

Speaking on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” McConnell said: “There ought not to be a great gap” between repealing the act and replacing it and that Republicans would be “replacing it rapidly after repealing it.” McConnell did not define what he meant by “rapidly.”

January 9, 2017
GOP Speaker Ryan plans to repeal health care for 20 million

Why The GOP Expects To Get Away With Uninsuring Millions (And How To Stop Them)

Obamacare is a modern miracle that has expanded coverage to record levels, cut the federal deficit and expanded the life of Medicare, while adding benefits and protections for every insured American. Yet the GOP has managed to make it an entirely polarized issue, with voters who rely on the law voting against Democrats out of spite.

January 8, 2017
Obama

Eight Years Later, ‘Yes, We Can’ Became ‘Yes, He Did’

There are many challenges ahead, but nothing like the dire mess that confronted a new young president eight years ago. That will be Obama’s legacy, the steady way he worked through it. The country is dramatically better off now than it was in January 2009, and that’s what the history books will say.

January 8, 2017
Obamacare

Obamacare Repeal: A Bad Goal That’s Proving Hard To Achieve

Repealing the law is bad enough, but doing so without an alternative that could preserve coverage for the estimated 20 million Americans who gained it through Obamacare would be reckless and irresponsible.

January 6, 2017
Obamacare, Legacy, Obama

President Obama’s Enduring Legacy: The Concept Of Universal Coverage

Because of Obamacare, Republicans have inherited an obligation to ensure access to affordable health insurance for every American — a duty the federal government didn’t have before. They could disavow the burden — but they haven’t. Indeed, Trump has embraced it

January 6, 2017
Obama

Obama Made America Cool Again

With a few exceptional scenes, as when he sang “Amazing Grace” at the funeral of nine murdered churchgoers, Obama’s persuasion aims to connect with minds — sweet reason — more than hearts. And will we ever miss him when he’s gone.

January 6, 2017
Obamacare, ACA

10 Important Ways Obamacare Has Helped The Average American

Media outlets must contextualize the impact of repealing Obamacare in terms of the gains that have already been achieved and how those improvements will be affected or reversed by Republican policies.

January 5, 2017