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Tuesday, August 22, 2017
American Health Care Act
kimmel test

#EndorseThis: Jimmy Kimmel’s Radically Simple ‘Jimmy Kimmel Test’

Lest anyone consider Kimmel too partisan, he then opened up a friendly dialogue via remote with Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA), who said publicly that any health care bill should pass “the Jimmy Kimmel test,” meaning every child in America must be fully insured.

The comic naturally found that pleasing, but pressed Cassidy toward a broader and more democratic definition. And before the senator departed, Kimmel presented him with a new, improved, and much more radical “Jimmy Kimmel test” for American health care, plus an obvious way to pay for it.

May 9, 2017
Democrats

How Democrats Can Avoid Blowing Their Best Chance To Take The House In A Decade

Republican consultant Rick Wilson says Democrats can win in 2018, but only if they follow his advice: “Get on and stay on one message, don’t make it about all the other party-purity issues. ‘Obamacare wasn’t perfect but the GOP made it 1000x worse.’ The ads write themselves.”

May 8, 2017
Danziger

Danziger: There Is No Cure For This Condition

To Danziger, the warning issued by Nancy Pelosi to her Republican colleagues over their bill to “repeal and replace” Obamacare sounded like the script of a horror movie. And in a way, it was.

May 7, 2017
Paul Ryan

#EndorseThis: A Closer Look At Paul Ryan, Hypocrite And Fraud

Seth Meyers asks why Paul Ryan — who complained so righteously about the process when Obamacare passed in 2009 — rammed through the Trumpcare bill with far less scrutiny and ceremony than the Democratic bill endured back then.

May 5, 2017
Trumpcare

5 Things To Watch As Trumpcare Bill Moves To The Senate

The Trumpcare bill, wrote the Republican governors of Ohio, Michigan, Arkansas, and Nevada in a letter to House and Senate leaders, “provides almost no new flexibility for states, does not ensure the resources necessary to make sure no one is left out, and shifts significant new costs to states.”

May 4, 2017
Danziger on pre-existing conditions

Danziger: First, Do Grave Harm

If Trump were a doctor, as Danziger well knows, he’d be cast out of the American Medical Association — which rejected his bill as dangerous to public health.

May 4, 2017
Trump, Ryan health care

In Health Care Debacle, Trump’s Desperate Quest For Someone To Blame

What the big dope appears incapable of understanding is that for Northeastern Republicans in competitive districts, voting for the Trump/Ryan health care bill would amount to political suicide.

March 29, 2017
Colbert

#EndorseThis: Colbert Celebrates GOP Health Care Debacle With Animation And Much, Much More

Stephen Colbert kicks off his celebration of the American Health Care Act’s demise with a short animated portrayal of the Republicans’ legislative suicide, and continues with actual ads from right-wing organizations praising Republicans in Congress for what they had failed to do — which ran over the weekend, after the bill died.

March 28, 2017
Trumpcare

Why The Defeat of Trumpcare Is So Damn Important

Republicans never thought to pretend that Trumpcare would be “terrific” and fix the things voters don’t like about the Affordable Care Act — high deductibles, unchecked premiums and the insurance mandate — because they knew any replacement they offered would have higher deductibles and less help from the government to pay premiums

March 27, 2017
affordable health care and Medicare for all

The Way Forward: How To Protect And Improve Affordable Health Care

Democrats cannot limit themselves to defensive efforts to salvage the Affordable Care Act at either the federal or the state level. They need to think about a more attractive national agenda in health care that reflects the lessons of the ACA and new political realities. The coming national Democratic debate is going to focus on extending Medicare—to whom, how quickly, and under what rules will be the questions.

March 24, 2017
GOP Disaster as Trump Ryan pull bill

GOP Disaster: Ryan And Trump Pull Health Care Bill Before Vote (Again)

The GOP disaster in failing to pass the health care measure called into question Trump’s ability to get other key parts of his agenda, including tax cuts and a boost in infrastructure spending, through a Congress controlled by his own party.

March 24, 2017
John Oliver on GOP health care bill

Dead On Arrival? John Oliver Ready To Bury GOP Health Care Bill

John Oliver is brilliant as ever on the GOP health care bill — but if you can only watch a few minutes of his latest segment fast forward to the incredibly funny “Catheter Cowboy” ad the Last Week Tonight host placed on Fox and Friends, hoping to educate that show’s Oval Office fan about his own legislation.

March 15, 2017