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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has delayed a vote on Republicans’ new health care bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act. On Thursday, MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle hosted a panel discussion with five Trump-supporting doctors from around the country.

Ruhle began with a softball: “Who here thinks Obamacare made health care better for patients?”

Predictably, no one did. But her line of questioning would grow considerably more aggressive.

“If you were to sit down with Mitch McConnell and say, Leader McConnell, here is what you need to do to get this thing through, speaking as a doctor, what would you tell him right now?” she continued.

Alieta Eck, a New Jersey internist, offered this head-scratcher: “How about letting other groups form, not just employer-based. So, if a group like the NRA or, I don’t know, some other group… a township—”

“Let’s have the NRA create health care,” Ruhle cut in. “I’m gonna go with no.”

But Eck wouldn’t let it go.

“How about a township?” she pressed. “You buy into your township plan and then you’d have 50,000 people that are all buying into the same health care plan, or any kind of group of people — churches — let them form a health plan.”

Eck is also a columnist who believes “we need doctors who are out of control” according to a critque of Obamacare she authored in January 2014.

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Democratic nominee Joe Biden speaking in Manitowoc, WI

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Today in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, Joe Biden spoke about the toll of coronavirus, which has now officially passed 200,000. "What worries me now is we've been living with this pandemic for so long, I worry we're risking becoming numb to the toll that it's taken on us," the Democratic nominee warned. "We can't let that happen."

How did that happen? How did America lose 200,000 people to a horrendous death, with no end in sight? That tragedy can be traced directly to a vacuum of leadership in the White House, as Biden remarked. But he also saw behind that lack of presidential fortitude to its deeper cause: Donald Trump simply never cared how many of us die and he still doesn't. The evidence is in Trump's own behavior at his "superspreader rallies" – where he always protects himself while leaving his own followers to risk illness and worse.

Watch Biden describe the moral emptiness inside this president.