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Senator Ted Cruz is working on the Senate GOP Healthcare write-up…

A lot of people do NOT know this…

The question is?

Which Ted Cruz is doing this?

Could  he dial down some of right-thinking to get a Senate Bill that has a chance of getting enough votes for passage?..

Texas Senator Ted Cruz has developed a reputation as a firebrand. Cruz has made refusal to compromise a trademark of his career in Congress and has often had strong words for fellow Republicans who disagreed with him on strategy. Now a new behind-the-scenes report by the Wall Street Journal reports that Cruz may be turning over a new leaf.

The Journal reports that Cruz began working quietly with moderate Republicans to find a consensus on health care reform that has a realistic chance of becoming law. Cruz was instrumental in forming a working group of 13 Senators that had its origin in a February steak dinner with Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.). The group includes Republicans concerned about the effect of an outright repeal of Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion and pre-existing conditions rules such as Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Cory Gardner (R-Col.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah). Cruz has reportedly been working with House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mike Meadows (R-N.C.) for the past month.

Senators on both sides of the aisle expressed surprise at Cruz’s new strategy. “It’s a ‘you live long enough, anything can happen’ moment,” said Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).

“It would be a first for Sen. Cruz,” noted Chris Murphy (D-Conn.)….

More @ Erick Erickerson’s Resurgent….

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Trump/Ryancare House Bill has only 21% support among Americans…Poll

And the Republican House lawmakers that voted to pass it have been taking political beatdown’s ever since they cast their votes….

The support for the current healthcare bill continues to rise and a majority of Americans DO NOT like how Trump is handling the healthcare insurance issue…

The Republicans are driving this issue AGAINST THEMSELVES...

Only 21 percent of American voters approve of the Republican health care plan passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last week, a slight improvement over the 17 percent who approved of the first health care plan in March, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today. Overall, the current health plan goes down 56 – 21 percent.

Except for an anemic 48 – 16 percent support among Republicans, every listed party, gender, educational, age and racial group opposes the plan, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN- uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds.

Under the new plan, their health insurance costs will go up, 42 percent of voters say, while 11 percent say they will go down and 37 percent say insurance costs will stay the same.

American voters approve 64 – 32 percent of the current law which prevents health insurance companies from raising premiums on people with pre-existing conditions.

Voters say 75 – 21 percent, including 59 – 34 percent among Republicans, that it’s a “bad idea” to give states the ability to allow health insurance companies to raise rates on people with pre-existing conditions.

A total of 96 percent of voters say it’s “very important” or “somewhat important” that health insurance be affordable for all Americans.

American voters disapprove 66 – 28 percent of the way President Donald Trump is handling health care….

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McConnell getting flack for NO women GOP Senator’s on Healthcare Bill write Up…

It don’t look good Mr. Senate Republican Majority Leader…..

Barely two days into crafting a new bill to roll back Obamacare, U.S. Senate Republicans were already on the defensive on Tuesday over the absence of any women in their core working group.

After a meeting of the Senate healthcare group, lawmakers were bombarded with questions as to why no women were named to the 13-man panel. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tried to explain.

“The working group that counts is all 52 of us,” McConnell told reporters, referring to all 52 Republican senators in the 100-member chamber. “Nobody is being excluded based upon gender … Everybody’s at the table. Everybody.”

Democrats pounced. Republican men are negotiating “a secret healthcare plan, which I really hope is not happening in the men’s locker room,” said Senator Patty Murray, a member of the Democratic leadership from Washington state.

If the criticism was any sign of what lies ahead as senators try to improve on a rollback bill passed on Thursday by House of Representatives Republicans, it could be a long road ahead….

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Only 14 of 217 Republican House lawmakers who voted for the Repeal have had town hall meetings…

They seem to be playing ‘hide and seek’ with the voters ion their districts and the protest’s against their voting to help Trump keep a campaign promise by screwing Americans out of healthcare coverage….

Since Trump got sworn in Republicans seem to be working extra hard to give up House seats come next Novembers Midterm elections….

Congress may be on recess, but Republicans’ town hall schedule is looking thin.

MOST GOP MEMBERS NOT HOLDING TOWN HALLS — They cheered on the House floor and celebrated at the Rose Garden, but most Republicans who voted for the health bill aren’t holding town halls to talk about it.

A POLITICO review of TownHallProject.com, a crowd-sourced database, found that only 14 of the 217 House Republicans who voted for the bill last week — less than 7 percent — are listed as holding town halls with their constituents. Health care advocates we contacted said the Town Hall Project’s database aligned with their own lists.

… Top Republicans encouraged House members to engage with their constituents. “I think it should be something that Republicans should run to, not away from,” White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

… House Democrats and liberal advocates have signaled they’ll go to districts where there are no town halls to talk about the health bill. Andy Slavitt, who ran CMS under the Obama administration, told PULSE he’s going to “dedicate myself to going after the weasliest yes voters.”

The activist left is mobilizing to save Obamacare. They insist that the nation’s sprawling liberal grass roots is ready for both battles and is far from discouraged by last week’s loss, POLITICO’s Elana Schor reports. And by continuing to vent anger at House Republicans who voted for the bill, they say, they’ll show centrist GOP senators the price of going down a similar path. More.

Among the town halls today
— Energy & Commerce Chair Greg Walden (R-Ore.)
— Reps. Steve Womack and Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.)
— Rep. Rod Blum (R-Iowa)

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Just 31% Support the GOP Health Care Repeal Bill….Poll

Thank’s to the Republicans for pushing American’s into showing their support for  Obamacare being fixed NOT gotten rid off….

Less than a third of the public favors the new Republican health care bill just passed by the House of Representatives, a HuffPost/YouGov survey finds.

Thirty-one percent of Americans favor the American Health Care Act, which narrowly passed the Republican-controlled House last Thursday. Forty-four percent oppose the bill, which would repeal much of the current health care law. Another 25 percent are unsure.

As was the case during the GOP’s failed attempt to pass the bill in March, Americans are more likely to be intensely opposed than even modestly supportive. Just 8 percent say they favor the bill strongly, with 34 percent strongly opposed.

Americans say, 39 percent to 26 percent, that the AHCA would likely be worse, not better, than the current health care law. Just 14 percent believe the AHCA would make things better for them personally, while 27 percent say it would make things worse. A near-majority, 49 percent, say they don’t expect the bill to affect them very much, or that they aren’t sure what effect it would have….

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The basic’s of Obamacare aren’t going anywhere….

The idea that the government should help those less fortune started back almost a hundred years ago coming out of the depression with FDR…..

There are those on the Right in the American Congress and beyond who want their country to cast aside any safety net for the less fortunate and play to the rich…

Those people have NOT had their way…

The House Repeal Bill that finally made it thru on a slim margin points to problem for those who want to go backwards….

Their publicized efforts have actually pushed American to INCREASE support for a healthcare program born of the Democrats and the countries first black/mixed race President….

In the last few days as the House Repeal bill has come under study?

We see something MUCH less than  the media made it out to be…

Most of the major parts of the Affordable Healthcare Bill have been left intact….

Now THAT doesn’t mean that Democrats and others should accept the Republicans cuts in the House bill….But the fact is?

When  this is  all over?

Either the House and Senate will craft a bill that will be able to get the votes ?

Or the Affordable Healthcare Law will have to be fixed in little pieces….

Donald Trump has repeatedly said he does NOT want to make cuts to Social Security …..

Wether Conservatives like it or NOT?

Americans are solidly behind having Big Government help them in their lives….Risking THAT could have negative political effects on their party come the 2018 Midterm elections….

Fighting the expansion of the so-called welfare state is a fundamental premise of the American conservative movement. But as tens of millions of Americans have come to rely on coverage under the 2010 health law, Republicans have learned the political risks of being seen as taking a hatchet to the program, however imperfect it may be.

So conservatives have now cast aside their high-minded arguments of political principle, replacing them with dense discussions of policy. Pre-existing conditions, risk pools and premium costs — not the more conventional Republican disquisitions in favor of the free market, personal responsibility and smaller government — dominate the debate today.

This dramatic shift in focus has confirmed what conservatives said they always feared when Democrats granted the government expansive new powers over health care. The government can giveth, they said, but it can almost never taketh away…..

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One Conservative GOP House member thinks his parties Repeal bill doesn’t go far enough….

….by Neil Stevens @ Red State….

Justin Amash is enduring the barking from the establishment attack dogs, who will pounce on any Republican who refuses to close his eyes and vote the way Paul Ryan and Donald Trump insist. His statement today shows he means business. Principle before party.

Here is his statement in full:

This is not the bill we promised the American people. For the past seven years, Republicans have run for Congress on a commitment to repeal Obamacare. But it is increasingly clear that a bill to repeal Obamacare will not come to the floor in this Congress or in the foreseeable future.

When Republican leaders first unveiled the American Health Care Act, a Democratic friend and colleague joked to me that the bill wasn’t a new health care proposal; it was plagiarism. He was right.

The AHCA repeals fewer than 10 percent of the provisions in the Affordable Care Act. It is an amendment to the ACA that deliberately maintains Obamacare’s framework. It reformulates but keeps tax credits to subsidize premiums. Instead of an individual mandate to purchase insurance, it mandates a premium surcharge of 30 percent for one year following a lapse of coverage. And the bill continues to preserve coverage for dependents up to age 26 and people with pre-existing conditions.

I want to emphasize that last point. The bill does not change the ACA’s federal requirements on guaranteed issue (prohibition on policy denial), essential health benefits (minimum coverage), or community rating (prohibition on pricing based on health status). In short, Obamacare’s pre-existing conditions provisions are retained…..

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The Republican House Rep points to the fact that the Republican House Repeal bill ACTUALLY is much more LIMITED in scope then most of us are led to believe….Amash is a memeber of the House Conservative Freedom Caucus ….

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Healthcare Repeal would screw Texas (And other Southwestern states) BIG Time….

And isn’t that Ted Cruz’s State?

(And the other state’s mostly Republican territory?)

The guy sitting on the Senate Republican Healthcare re-write team?

Percentage of people without health insurance coverage by state before the ACA, according to the United States Census Bureau (2009). Lighter states how high rates on insured, darker ones show lower coverage rates.

Everything is bigger in Texas and that includes the numbers of people without comprehensive health insurance. Whether it’s total numbers or highest percentage of uninsured, the Lone Star State stands with the worst of them. And if republicans in Washington, DC, have anything to say about it, Texas will likely keep that lead and remain the undisputed king of the uninsured, by kicking as many people as possible off whatever health insurance they’ve managed to find in droves, and pricing those who need it the most out of the market and right into an early grave:

It’s unclear whether the latest version of Speaker Paul Ryan’s American Health Care Act will garner enough support from moderate Republicans to pass the House. But what’s certain is the measure could have a major impact on Texas as a new amendment would allow states to opt out of key Obamacare regulations governing how much insurers can charge people with pre-existing conditions and the services they must offer. … But critics, already concerned over previous findings that the American Health Care Act would result in millions of low-income Americans dropping coverage, worry the changes could mean states like Texas return to pre-ACA days when people with pre-existing conditions suffered…..

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We just want you to know who the Republican Senators doing their Repeal Bill writeup are….

All White MALES…..

No one woman………

Oh, and Ted Cruz is in the group….

Ya get the picture?

The revisions are expected to be so substantial that the senators crafting the legislation are reportedly not even bothering starting with the text approved in the House, and instead will begin by drafting a health care bill from scratch.

The list of 13 senators working on the bill was first reported by Bloomberg and confirmed to Quartz by a Senate aide:

  • Tom Cotton of Arkansas
  • Cory Gardner of Colorado
  • Mitch McConnell of Kentucky
  • Rob Portman of Ohio
  • Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania
  • John Thune of South Dakota
  • John Cornyn of Texas
  • Ted Cruz of Texas
  • Lamar Alexander of Tennessee
  • Orrin Hatch of Utah
  • Mike Lee of Utah
  • Mike Enzi of Wyoming
  • John Barrasso of Wyoming

That’s right: Three Johns, two Mikes, no women….

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The only saving grace for American’s with Obamacare is it will take 60 Senators to pass a Senate Repeal bill and BOTH houses of Congress have to vote to approve the SAME exact bill for it to be passed on to the President for his signature for it to become a law….

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New York Democratic House member would help Republicans explain the Healthcare Repeal Bill they passed…

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Rep Sean Maloney (D-NY) calls out New York Republican Rep. John Faso who voted FOR the Repeal bill, but refuses to hold a town hall meeting to explain his vote for fear he’ll be facing protestors….

In voting to keep Trump happy with one of his campaign pledges?

A LOT of Republican House members are going to be hiding from voters in their districts….

Appearing with MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on Friday, a New York congressman called out a Republican House member from a neighboring district for ducking his constituents’ questions about the newly passed GOP health care plan and said he might hold a town hall there himself.

Saying, “If it takes a Democrat,” to face constituents to talk about their health care worries, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) said he’s willing to go to GOP districts and host town halls.

“Maybe a Democrat ought to go into every district where a Republican who supported TrumpCare won’t hold a town hall meeting, and do it for them,” Maloney told Maddow “I think every Republican who voted for this thing ought to have to stand in front of their voters and explain it.”

Maloney was focusing his ire on New York Republican Rep. John Faso who is refusing to meet with constituents, including one woman, Andrea Mitchell (not the NBC host), who is suffering from brain cancer and worries she will be left without insurance under the AHCA.

Addressing Faso reluctance to face the music after his vote for House Majority Leader Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) Obamacare replacement, Maloney fired a direct shot at the New York Republican.

“And if it takes a Democrat to go in and do it for them for a while, I’ll explain what’s in this bill, and if he doesn’t like it, he should stand up and explain it himself.,” Maloney explained….

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“MSNBC host Joy Reid said Saturday that her show invited the 217 House Republicans who voted in favor of the GOP’s bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare to come on her program, saying none accepted the offer,” The Hillreports.

Said Reid: “I offered each of them the lead spot on this show this morning, to the one-on-one with me, to explain why they voted for the bill. And not a single one agreed … all those names.”

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Was the healthcare repeal vote just about a tax cut for the rich?

A focus on what would happen if the House  and Senate give Trump and Paul Ryan a healthcare bill repeal….

A LOT of people WOULD be cut out of healthcare insurance while rich people would pay less for it….

….EILEEN Z. FUENTES @ The NY Daily News…

While President Trump celebrated with GOP lawmakers at the White House after the House passed the Republican-backed health care bill, I could not help but feel a profound sense of disgust, anxiety and anger.

Here were a bunch of mostly men who have access to the best health care in the world reveling and rejoicing at the fact they were one step closer to denying that very same access to millions of people. If the American Health Care Act, aka Trumpcare, is enacted, the death, despair and decimation that will result are almost incalculable.

For me this is more than academic. At 34 years old, I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer, which is considered to be one of the most aggressive forms of breast cancer. There I was a mother of three very young girls having to cope with this most devastating diagnosis. Complications ensued and there was a close call with the hereafter when doctors found a blood clot in my heart.

Thankfully, this year I will be celebrating 9 years cancer-free. I am also fortunate enough to have private insurance provided by my employer. It was that arduous cancer journey that led me to dedicate my life to helping other women battling the scourge of cancer. As a patient navigator at the Columbia University Medical Center I am on the frontlines everyday helping to navigate the care of breast and gynecologic oncology patients. It is not a job — it is a calling.

It is also not easy. This bill will make it impossible. I do the Lord’s work in the proud and working class community of Washington Heights, which has the highest concentration of immigrants in all of New York City. This tax cut for the rich disguised as a health care bill will wreak utter destruction on this community, especially those battling with cancer and other grave illnesses. Not only do they have the burden of a chronic, potentially life-threatening disease, they also struggle with being priced out of their neighborhood due to gentrification and accessing the already limited resources as a result of it.

Since Election Day, there has been a massive spike in anxious phone calls from my patients and their caregivers. They watch the news non-stop in fear that their cancer treatment will be halted midway because Donald Trump and Paul Ryan have made the repealing and replacing of Obamacare their number one priority…..

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This Dog believes the vote was about making Donald Trump happy he could at least get a vote ON the campaign promise…

That’s ALL….

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G.O.P. House Candidate in Montana likes Obamacare…

It just keeps coming….

Republicans trying have it both ways…

Democrats and Media won’t let them do it quietly….

When Greg Gianforte, the Republican running for an open House seat in Montana, was asked on Thursday whether he would have supported the bill repealing the Affordable Care Act that passed the House that day, he declined to answer.

“Greg needs to know all the facts, because it’s important to know exactly what’s in the bill before he votes on it,” said a spokesman for Mr. Gianforte, who is running in a special election for the seat vacated by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

But on the same day, during a private conference call with Republican-leaning lobbyists in Washington, Mr. Gianforte offered a more supportive view of the health bill. Making the case for the “national significance” of the Montana election on May 25, Mr. Gianforte said: “The votes in the House are going to determine whether we get tax reform done, sounds like we just passed a health care thing, which I’m thankful for, sounds like we’re starting to repeal and replace.”

Mr. Gianforte’s attempt to appeal to two different audiences — Montana voters skeptical about the House’s repeal bill and Washington Republicans eager to undo President Barack Obama’s signature domestic accomplishment — illustrates the complicated politics surrounding the health law. While Republicans expect their elected officials to fulfill their longstanding vows to tear up the Affordable Care Act, the broader electorate is uneasy about abandoning the law’s protections and benefits it has come to depend on….

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Big Jump in Donations for Democrats after House Healthcare Repeal vote…

….Told ya So!….

Republican action’s post the Trump election is doing wonders for Democrats trying to keep the Resistance  going until the 2018 Midterms…..So they can get a US House Majority back…

….candidates will get a big boost from the flood of cash that began sloshing through the Democratic Party fundraising accounts even before Ryan’s bill got the green light.

In about 24 hours, the political advocacy group Swing Left raised more than $800,000 for Democratic House candidates, with at least $100,000 going to challenge Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) alone. Daily Kos beat its single-day fundraising total by pulling in around $900,000 in just one day.

 “When we first endorsed Ossoff, we raised $400,000 in the first week — and that totally blew us away,” said Nir, of Daily Kos. “That broke the all-time prior record of raising $400,000 for [Sen. Elizabeth] Warren over the course of an entire election cycle. In less than a day [over AHCA], we will raise more than we raised for in Ossoff in a week — which is more than we raised for Warren in a year.”

Celebrities got into the mix too. Musician John Legend directed his Twitter followers to donate to Democrats. George Takei of Star Trek fame followed suit. Overall, more than $4 million was donated to Democratic candidates through ActBlue on Thursday, according to a source with direct knowledge of the group’s fundraising haul.

Two dozen House Democrats who manage to get through a wild primary process — up to 1,000 Democrats have already declared their candidacy for office — can expect to start with a substantial war chest. The $900,000 raised by Daily Kos will go to House Democratic candidates running against 24 Republicans who voted for the AHCA and represent districts that Trump won by less than 50 percent of the vote. (Those Democratic candidates haven’t been chosen yet, so the money is being held in escrow and will then automatically go to the eventual nominees.)

MoveOn.org got into the action as well. A normal fundraising SMS alert for the progressive group results in $4,000 donations in total; the one it sent over the AHCA has raised $17,000 per hour since the vote, said Ben Wikler, Washington director of MoveOn, in an interview Thursday night. “People want to use every available channel to hold Republicans accountable, including their wallets,” he said….

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Listing of how many will lose their Healthcare coverage by GOP Repeal House vote…

These GOP House members just voted to put a BIG Political BULLS EYE on their backs…

…from TPM….

It was a big day yesterday. Against the expectations of many, House Republicans were able to come back from a demoralizing defeat in March and pass a slightly revised version of their “American Health Care Act.” That is to say, repeal Obamcare and replace it with Trumpcare. After passing it with 217 votes, they partied, bigly.  Here’s a collection of photographs of the good times, annotated with the number of people who will lose their health care coverage in each representative’s district.

Click the “read more” link to see the full story where the photos are large enough to easily read the annotations.

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Some GOP House members ain’t happy with their vote for Healthcare Repeal…

Maybe they should have taken the time to read the damn bill instead of trying to make their party leader happy by putting their jobs  on the line?

Wait to the CBO writeup comes in and they go home….

Republicans are excited about repealing Obamacare. They are not as excited about their legislation that will do it.

The House passed the American Health Care Act on Thursday afternoon by a razor-thin margin of 217-213 after Speaker Paul Ryan and his deputies engaged in an aggressive whipping operation, with President Donald Trump working the phones to move fellow Republicans into the “yes” category.

But Republicans have been saying this particular bill was set to pass because it’s a now-or-never situation — especially after the embarrassing collapse of the first effort in March — and they’re been finding solace in the idea that the legislation won’t be the final product anyway.

Rep. Luke Messer, an Indiana Republican, called it a “green flag” and a “start.”

Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) also pushed the idea that Republicans just need to pull the trigger on this bill because it will change. “This thing is going to go to the United States Senate. It’s going to change in my view,” he said on NPR. “At some point you just have to move, and we think this is it. This will create some momentum.”

“We like the fact that it needs to be repealed,” said Scott Reed, chief strategist at the Chamber of Commerce, when asked whether they support the legislation. “… We need to move the process forward.”

In many ways, Republicans appear to be operating in the dark about the AHCA. There have been very few hearings. The full bill text was only unveiled hours before the vote. The Congressional Budget Office didn’t have time to finish its study of the legislation. White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Wednesday it is “literally impossible” to judge the impact of the bill. For his part, Trump, in interviews and conversations with associates, has seemed to care little about what the legislation says….

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And then there is this guy….

After admitting to CNN that he did not read the House bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) told to the Buffalo News that he was unaware that the bill would nix funding for a health care program in New York.

When a reporter for the Buffalo News told Collins that the American Health Care Act would eliminate funding for an optional program adopted only by New York and Minnesota called the Essential Plan, Collins replied, “Explain that to me.”

Asked again if he was aware of that funding cut, Collins told the Buffalo News, “No. But it doesn’t surprise me for you to tell me that there were two states in the nation that were taking advantage of some other waiver program and New York was one of the two states.”

The AHCA would nix the Essential Plan option, which provides New York with $3 billion annually for a program that offers benefits for low-income residents who do not qualify for Medicaid….

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We ALL understand that Donald Trump ain’t too smart when it comes to this…(He said the Repal is done yesterday ….He doesn’t seem to know that yesterday’s vote did NOTHING..and that the Senate isn’t gonna use the House bill)…But it looks like Trumpism is actually spreading to other Republicans who should know better?

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Cook Report changes 20 House race ratings after Healthcare Repeal law vote…

In the House districts that Republicans hold, but voted for Hillary Clinton?

The Healthcare vote as has been mentioned could hurt those Republicans 18 months from now in the 2018 Midterm elections…

The Healthcare plan has only become MORE popular with every mention of it being repealed…

The vote yesterday will probably boost it’s polling numbers…

Senate members have indicated they are in NO hurry on this….And their repeal bill will most probably be a LOT different than the House’s forcing the issue to come back against House members again (in the summer or fall) , who didn’t even see what they where voting on…

Already some are expressing misgivings about what they voted on…

They should be…

Democrats are already raising money and setting protest’s in motion against them…

Republicans’ 217-213 passage of the American Health Care Act on Thursday guarantees Democrats will have at least one major on-the-record vote to exploit in the next elections. Although it’s the first of potentially many explosive votes, House Republicans’ willingness to spend political capital on a proposal that garnered the support of just 17 percent of the public in a March Quinnipiac poll is consistent with past scenarios that have generated a midterm wave.

Not only did dozens of Republicans in marginal districts just hitch their names to an unpopular piece of legislation, Democrats just received another valuable candidate recruitment tool. In fact, Democrats aren’t so much recruiting candidates as they are overwhelmed by a deluge of eager newcomers, including doctors and veterans in traditionally red seats who have no political record for the GOP to attack – almost a mirror image of 2010.

Of the 23 Republicans sitting in districts won by Hillary Clinton in 2016, 14 voted for the repeal and replace measure. For these Republicans, time is still on their side and healthcare reform can’t be disposed of soon enough. There are still 18 months before the 2018 election, whereas House Democrats eked out final passage of the ACA less than eight months before the 2010 midterms. These Republicans can’t afford a year-long Senate slog….

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