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Pelosi does NOT join the Sanders Single Payer movement….

The House Minority Democratic Leader Nanacy Pelosi isn’t running for President…..

So she doesn’t have to pass a litmus test on this….

She isn’t doing Sanders dance that she knows won’t fly….She will have to work to do fixes to the existing Affordable Healthcare program also known as Obamacare….

She has carefully walked around Trump’s basic idea….

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) declined to back a single-payer health care bill drafted by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) , saying she is instead focused on efforts to shield Obamacare from Republican attempts to rescind it.

“Right now, I’m protecting the Affordable Care Act,” Pelosi told a small group of reporters in her Capitol office Tuesday. “None of these other things … can really prevail unless we have the Affordable Care Act.”

The House’s top Democrat said she would review the legislation, which Sanders is rolling out to much fanfare on Wednesday.

The single-payer bill has quickly attracted support from a flock of Democratic senators in the mix for the 2020 presidential race, suggesting that it is rapidly becoming a litmus test among the liberal grass roots….



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….


House approves Obamacare Repeal Bill….Senate to write its own Bill….

While Donald Trump THINKS he has actually gotten rid of Obamacare?

He hasn’t..

Today’s vote did nothing except allow ed him and Republicans to boast that the did vote FOR a  repeal…Something they have been inching for…for years…

An actual repeal involves BOTH HOUSES of Congress and his signature…

Oh,and…. By the way?

The US Senate now says it won’t even deal with the House bill

They are going to write their own…

For the Republican House members that voted to make Trump happy?

(Twenty did NOT….)

You just made yourself a target for the 2018 Midterm elections...

For the Republicans?

The Democrats ARE handed a wedge issue to beat on you…

“I have never seen political suicide in my life like I’m seeing today.”

— Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), quoted by the New York Times, on the GOP health care bill passing the House.

Enjoy your beer folks…

Obamacare isn’t over yet….

A Senate proposal is now being developed by a 12-member working group. It will attempt to incorporate elements of the House bill, senators said, but will not take up the House bill as a starting point and change it through the amendment process.”The safest thing to say is there will be a Senate bill, but it will look at what the House has done and see how much of that we can incorporate in a product that works for us in reconciliation,” said Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.”We are going to draft a Senate bill,” added Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa. “That is what I’ve been told.”

The working group has been meeting for weeks, said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, a member of the group.

“What we have to do is build a consensus among our conference and that is what the working group is designed to do,” Cornyn said. “To get to a compromise we can agree to and then present it to the larger conference.”

Cornyn said there is “really no deadline” for the group to produce a bill…..



To get some of the moderate House members votes?

The vote was 217 for to 213 against…

The Republicans added $8Billion for pre-existing conditions…

“The Republican bill to repeal and replace Obamacare does not allocate nearly enough money to protect people with pre-existing health conditions from potentially higher insurance premiums,” CNBC reports.

“The bill’s $23 billion in funding specifically for such people would cover just 110,000 Americans, according to the Avalere Health study released Thursday. That’s only 5 percent of the 2.2 million current enrollees in the individual insurance market with some type of pre-existing chronic condition.”

Review of what the House Republicans voted to pass…Here

(Again…The US Senate is writing it’s OWN Bill)

Open Thread for Mar. 11, 2017…Democrats see a Midterm opening with Trump/Ryancare Repeal push…

Why NOT?

While House  Republicans come under siege by the Trump White House and Speaker Ryan to vote for a Repeal and somewhat Replacement of Obama’s signature Affordable Healthcare program?

Democrats watch the support for the program climb and protests go on around the country….

The program that the Grand Ole Party ran AGAINST Barack Obama and the Democrats  has become a rallying cry  for those millions who would lose their coverage, while the rich who can afford  coverage  are in-line to receive more tax breaks….(Trump said NOBODY would lose coverage…He doesn’t say THAT anymore)

The 2018 Midterms are less than 2 years away….

And Democrats see a chance to leverage the potential loss of coverage into  gains in the House and even the Senate that where unthinkable a little while ago….

The Democrats’ confidence comes from two main sources. The first is the AHCA itself, which offers nothing that appeals either to the party’s base or to interest groups that backed the ACA, such as AARP. The second is Trump, who Democrats do not see as a force even in some states that he won. In the states that voted for Barack Obama twice then for Trump — Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin — the president’s favorable rating on Election Day was below 40 percent. In Iowa, the only one of those states polled recently, the Des Moines Register poll that accurately predicted a large Trump victory in 2016 found him last month with a wan 42 percent approval rating.

While it’s early in the cycle, Democrats have so far watched credible-seeming challengers in these states pass on 2018 bids. Rep. Tom Marino (R-Penn.), who had been approached by Republicans to challenge Casey, said last month that he would not. Rep. Sean P. Duffy (R-Wis.), who some Republicans wanted to run for Senate in 2018, also demurred, giving first-term Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) a bit more room to vote against the president.

“Donald Trump promised health care for all Americans — coverage for all Americans,” said Baldwin. “And this will threaten coverage for a lot of people.”….


Medicaid and Children’s Health Program gain 3 Million and probably more….

Why Democrats are still running form the gains in giving American MORE healthcare coverage is beyond me….

And those gains ARE in state sphere the Democrats are supposed to be in trouble for this years Mid-Term elections?

Are the Democrats GIVING away a strong political position to GOP gibberish  bullshit?

About 3 million more people enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program from October through February, an increase tied to the opening of the Obamacare insurance marketplaces.

Figures released Friday by the Obama administration show that over that five-month period, a total of 11.7 million people were determined eligible for the two programs. Both numbers could rise further once all states finish reporting their data, officials said.

The uptake in Medicaid enrollment was especially driven by states that have expanded the program under the health care law, according to the new figures. Expansion states recorded an 8.3 percent jump in enrollment, while states that did not expand had a 1.6 percent increase.

Agency officials and policy experts noted that the figures are estimates and likely to rise further as states review and update their data.

The biggest change in Medicaid came in Oregon. The state has one of the nation’s worst health exchange websites — which still cannot process an application entirely online — but it is operating a “fast track” program that helped to drive a 34.8 percent spike in Medicaid enrollment from September to February. Oregon is using data from CHIP and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to quickly enroll people whose income and residency information is already on file.

Other Medicaid expansion states with very high enrollment gains through February include West Virginia (33.5 percent), Vermont (32.3 percent) and Colorado (22.8 percent).


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