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#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
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
Trump promised repeatedly never to cut Medicaid

Trump Vowed Never To Cut Medicaid — Now Guess What He’s Trying To Do

In stump speeches and tweets during 2016, Donald Trump repeatedly promised never to cut Social Security, Medicare — or Medicaid. But the House Obamacare repeal bill he is pushing would slash Medicaid spending by hundreds of millions of dollars, experts on the left and right agree.

March 23, 2017
fight over essential benefits delays Trumpcare vote

GOP Extremists Delay Trumpcare Vote, Demanding Exclusion Of ‘Essential Benefits’

Instead of exhibiting political discipline or party unity, the arch right-wing House Freedom Caucus has demanded a series of increasingly draconian measures in the Trumpcare legislation to secure their votes — proving that they, not Speaker Ryan and certainly not Trump, control the process.

March 23, 2017

Is The Big Republican Attack On Our Health Care Doomed To Fail?

“Republicans are attempting to pass health care reform through the ‘reconciliation’ process, which means that both the House and Senate will pass their respective proposals. The differences between the two bills will then be ‘reconciled’ in joint committees of the two Chambers of Congress before a final bill is presented to the president.”

“This bill, however, has to be revenue neutral, meaning it cannot add to the budget deficit. However, the advantage of this approach is that only a simple majority is needed for budget legislation to pass in the Senate, where its fate is more uncertain.”

March 23, 2017
Obamacare, GOP

Dump The Myth That Obamacare Froze Out Republicans

It’s true. The Affordable Care Act was passed without a single Republican vote. Republicans repeatedly cite this fact as Obamacare’s original sin, a fatal flaw that justifies their efforts to dismantle the ACA. But let’s set that record straight. Obamacare was a bipartisan plan. It just didn’t get a bipartisan vote.

March 21, 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

Blue America Gets Richer

It’s old news that Republican plans to basically kill Obamacare would hit Trump country the hardest. In Kentucky, for example, Obamacare brought coverage to a half-million people (out of a population of 4.4 million) — with 4 in 5 joining the expanded Medicaid program because their incomes were so low.

March 15, 2017
Trumpcare

Inside The CBO’s Alarming Report On Trumpcare

Far from showing that the Republican plan would improve health care coverage, the 38-page CBO report predicts that 14 million fewer Americans would have health coverage by next year — a figure that would soar to 24 million by 2026.

March 14, 2017
Paul Ryan re-election, Trumpcare

Trumpcare: The Numbers Don’t Add Up For The Poor

At a press conference, Speaker Paul Ryan called the GOP health care bill “an act of mercy.” For the most vulnerable, that characterization is ironic at best.

March 13, 2017
Trumpcare, Health Care, Republicans, Trump/Ryan, Middle Class, Safety Net, GOP

GOP Health Care Bill Recycles Tired Moralizing Of The Poor

The AHCA is rightly being derided as a cruddy facsimile of Obamacare that massively shifts wealth from the lowest income brackets to the highest. The rationales for foisting this botch on the not-so-well-to-do are grounded in that old conservative disposition to blame the poor for their poverty.

March 13, 2017
Sean Spicer, White House, Lies

White House Delegitimizes Anything That Gets In The Way Of Its Propaganda

The press. Government employees. Non-partisan government agencies helmed by Republicans. All of them are now being portrayed by the administration as unworthy of the public trust, because they put out information damaging to the president.

March 11, 2017

Fact-Checking Elected Officials On The Affordable Care Act Repeal

ProPublica is working with other news organizations to collect and analyze letters and emails from elected officials to constituents on the Affordable Care Act, beginning with a misleading missive by Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO).

March 10, 2017
Rand Paul, Obamacare

Here Are All The Groups Opposed To The Obamacare Replacement Plan

The long-promised GOP bill to repeal and replace Obamacare is facing opposition from all sides, and a constellation of conservative and moderate Republicans have attacked the legislation, even though it has the support of President Donald Trump.

March 10, 2017
Joe Kennedy

#EndorseThis: Joe Kennedy III Calls Out GOP Hypocrisy

Honing in on Speaker Paul Ryan’s claim that the House bill is “an act of mercy,” Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) set out to expose the obvious hypocrisy in a party that claims to have the best interest of the working-class at heart.

March 10, 2017
Health Care, Obamacare

Better And Cheaper Health Coverage? Not Very Likely

Trump managed to persuade a lot of those white Americans that he would give them better and cheaper health insurance. That’s not going to happen. Trump was too smart to ridicule the have-nots while he was on the campaign trail, but his policies are still going to give them the shaft.

March 10, 2017
Trump, Mentally Ill

What Should We Do About A Mentally Ill President?

It’s time to face up to the obvious: The President of the United States is deranged. He is pathologically addicted to lying, bizarrely repeating his most blatant fabrications even after they’ve been totally debunked.

March 10, 2017
Abortion, Planned Parenthood

GOP Infatuation With Defunding Planned Parenthood Could Exact Heavy Price

The GOP may pay a price for gutting Planned Parenthood, but the price will surely be higher if they foul up health care reform. If the Republicans mess this up, they will suffer, big league.

March 9, 2017
Conservatives, Bill Kristol, Obamacare

#EndorseThis: Incredulous Conservatives Denounce GOP Obamacare Repeal

On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, neoconservative pundit Bill Kristol berated the Republican Party for rushing through an unpopular bill that has already faced brutal condemnation from the American Medical Association. At the end of the segment, Kristol predicted that the GOP bill is “going to fall apart and there will not be a vote.”

March 9, 2017
Obamacare, House Bill

A Devious Plot To Poison Obamacare

The proposed Republican House health care plan would act like a slow-working toxin. In this case, many of the millions enrolled in Obamacare would not realize what’s happening to their health care until it’s too late.

March 9, 2017
Shep Smith

Fox’s Shep Smith Slams GOP’s Rushed Obamacare Alternative

During an interview with Congressman Buddy Carter (R-GA), Fox News’ Shep Smith slammed the Republicans for pushing through an alternative to Obamacare before knowing how the Congressional Budget Office scores the new GOP plan.

March 8, 2017
Colbert, Obamacare

#EndorseThis: The Grim Reaper Celebrates New ‘Obamacare Lite’ Plan

Stephen Colbert wondered who could possibly endorse a plan that kicks people off their health insurance. Suddenly, the Grim Reaper — or was it Steve Bannon? — appeared behind the Late Night host and danced onstage to celebrate his good fortune.

March 8, 2017
Price, HHS, Obamacare, Affordable Care Act

GOP Obamacare Replacement Bill Appears Dead On Arrival

Repealing Obamacare was Republicans’ biggest campaign pledge for years, but the long-awaited bill to repeal the landmark legislation faces fierce intra-party opposition from conservatives who say it doesn’t go far enough — and they have the votes to stop it in the Senate.

March 8, 2017
Obamacare, GOP repeal

Obamacare 2.0: What’s In The House Republicans’ Replacement Plan?

House Republicans have finally unveiled legislation to repeal and — just as important — replace the Affordable Care Act. Obamacare is pretty complex. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that what the GOP is proposing in its place has a few knotty details.

March 7, 2017