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The Senate Tax cut bill and Budget would save Obamacare and the Dreamers?…

Republicans…..Rush…Rush….Hurry!

If you haven’t caught this in this way this story is running in the Senate ?….Stop and look….

The House tax cut bill is a straight out screw the poor and middle class period….

The Senate bill has little to do with the House bill….

Why?

Because there are reports that in their haste to get SOMETHING, excuse me…..ANYTHING passed in the next 30 days or so?

They are making promises to EACH senator they need….

HTF is this gonna work when the final vote from BOTH houses of congress needs to be made?….

The budget bill is probably gonna be connected to the tax bill…Democrats HAVE to be in on THAT vote….

Collins: Health-care fix will pass before tax bill

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said early Thursday that she expects legislation to lower health-care premiums to pass Congress before senators take a final vote on a $1.5 trillion tax reform bill that would repeal ObamaCare’s individual mandate….

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McConnell promises Collins tax bill won’t lead to Medicare cut

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is promising the GOP tax bill, which is projected to add $1.5 trillion to the deficit over the next decade, will not result in cuts to Medicare next year.

McConnell offered the vow to Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), a key swing vote, during a Wednesday meeting in his office….

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Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) said he is encouraging his colleagues to join him in blocking spending legislation if the legal status of “dreamers” isn’t resolved, the Washington Postreports.

“Durbin has repeatedly said in recent months that Congress needs to resolve the status of dreamers by the end of the year, but he is now the highest-ranking Democratic senator to raise the specter of a government shutdown sparked by an impasse over immigration… Durbin’s position is shared by at least four members of his caucus — Sens. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT).”

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Right Now.?….This dog thinks there is a LESS than 50% chance there will be a new tax cut law come next year….

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Senator Collins wants more folks….

A Senate Republican holdout on the GOP tax overhaul says she still has problems with the legislation.

Sen. Susan Collins of Maine says, “I have a lot of concerns that I’m trying to fix.” She spoke to reporters Thursday at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast.

She says it would be “very problematic for me” and hard for her to vote for the bill if it still includes elimination of the federal deduction for state and local taxes….

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Trump Admin broadens employers exemptions to funding contraception…

It will allow almost any company or organiztion to stop funding birth control for it’s employee’s….Religous organiztions were always allowed to withhold coverage…

The Trump administration will immediately soften the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate, broadening exemptions for employers who have a religious or moral objection to helping provide birth control to their employees.

What’s happening: Churches and some religious organizations have always been exempt from the contraception mandate, but the Trump administration is broadening the exemptions to all nonprofit organizations as well as for-profit companies, including publicly traded corporations…..

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GOP Obamacare fix’s are being debated…

The Healthcare program WILL be funded by Congress…

But as thes go with Congress….

There is gonna be a ‘give and take’ worked out….

And some Republicans want to cut back the coverage….

After a year of backroom, closed-door, GOP-only meetings on health care, and a bitter, partisan floor fight over repealing the Affordable Care Act that eventually collapsed, senators from both parties came together to hold nearly half-a-dozen public hearings and hammer out a bill to stabilize Obamacare’s vulnerable insurance exchanges by the end of September.

But beneath the bipartisan bonhomie, there is trouble in paradise.

In exchange for funding Obamacare’s subsidies to insurers that cover care of low-income people with severe health needs, Republicans are demanding that some of the ACA’s protections and mandates be waived—and have suggested rolling back the requirement that every insurance plan cover essential health benefits like maternity care and mental health treatment.

This week, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), the chair of the committee crafting the stabilization bill, mocked the concept of forcing all insurers to offer comprehensive health care plans.

Senate Democrats say they’re open to some increased “flexibility” but worry that allowing too many regulatory rollbacks will lead to more expensive and worse quality health coverage for millions of people. Though many proposals have been tossed onto the table over the past few weeks, the key battle is currently over loosening the rules around Obamacare’s “state innovation” waivers—which states obtain from the federal government to test different health care systems. Some states, including Alaska, have used these waivers to set up reinsurance programs, which have brought down the number of uninsured residents and lowered costs. But other states are seeking waivers for plans that health care experts say would create “barriers to enrollment.”

“Flexibility needs to increase health care for people, not decrease it. If it’s flexibility to take health care away, that’s not something I would support,” Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) told TPM. “I believe that health care is a basic human right and we’re going to make sure that everyone has health care.”….

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Trump dumps on Ryan again…This time on the failed Obamacare effort…

Donald Trump just KEEPS on kicking his adopted Republican party that he happens to lead….OUTSIDE Congress…

Trump seems to have NO idea HOW Congress works, not trying to help his party leaders in getting things done…Perferrefing to act like he did as  a NY Real Estate guy and just standing on the side and barking orders….THAT has NOT worked…

He DOES like appearing on center stage though….With a WIN….And he just got a few...WITHOUT Ryan and McConnell….

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President Trump reportedly regrets putting repealing and replacing ObamaCare at the top of his legislative agenda and blames House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) for assuring him that a health-care overhaul was sure to pass in the GOP-controlled Congress

Trump has privately fumed that Republican congressional leaders, including Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), misled him on health care, among other issues, the Associated Press reported Friday.

The House rejected an initial proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act before finally passing a revised measure earlier this year.

But the effort later floundered in the Senate, and was ultimately upended in July when the chamber narrowly voted down a slimmed-down ObamaCare repeal bill. Trump has voiced particular frustration with McConnell for that failure.

Still, the president’s relationship with Ryan has grown frosty recently, according to the AP. The two men talk less frequently than they used to, and Trump very publicly broke with the speaker this week when he agreed to a deal with House and Senate Democratic leaders on a short-term debt ceiling increase.

Both Ryan and McConnell made clear after that deal was announced that it was not their doing, but that they would nonetheless support it….

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Minnesota deals will keeping its health rate increase’s modest…

They are proving …IT CAN BE DONE…

Last fall, as consumers in Minnesota were facing health insurance rate increases of 50 percent or more, Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, said the Affordable Care Act was “no longer affordable to increasing numbers of people.” The state’s top insurance regulator said the Minnesota market was “on the verge of collapse.”

The outlook now is much better. Rate increases requested for 2018 are relatively modest, thanks in part to a new program under which the state will help pay the largest claims. The program, known as reinsurance, and the efforts that led to its creation hold lessons for other states where rates are rising rapidly, and for Congress, where lawmakers are considering the introduction of a similar program.

“The individual insurance market is stabilizing under the program here,” said Allison L. O’Toole, the chief executive of Minnesota’s state-run insurance marketplace. “Health plans are very happy about it.”

State officials and insurers say that, as a result of the program, premiums next year will be about 20 percent lower than they would otherwise have been. The program — for which Minnesota has budgeted about $270 million in each of the next two years — potentially benefits all of the 160,000 people buying insurance on their own, not just those with large claims.

But the program will be invisible to consumers. They will not have to file additional paperwork or do anything different from what they would ordinarily do….

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Americans want Congress to move on from trying to Repeal Healthcare Law….

Trump wants his adopted party to keep at a Repeal effort of the Affordable Healthcare law….

They need to ignore him….

A majority of Americans are ready to move on from healthcare reform at this point after the U.S. Senate’s effort to dismantle Obamacare failed on Friday, according to an exclusive Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Saturday.

Nearly two-thirds of the country wants to either keep or modify the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, and a majority of Americans want Congress to turn its attention to other priorities, the survey found.

Republicans have vowed to dismantle the Affordable Care Act since Democratic President Barack Obama signed it into law in 2010, and it appeared they finally had their chance when Republican President Donald Trump took office in January. But the law, which helped 20 million people obtain health insurance, has steadily grown more popular.

The July 28-29 poll of more than 1,130 Americans, conducted after the Republican-led effort collapsed in the Senate, found that 64 percent said they wanted to keep Obamacare, either “entirely as is” or after fixing “problem areas.” That is up from 54 percent in January.

The survey found that support for the law still runs along party lines, with nine out of 10 Democrats and just three out of 10 Republicans saying they wanted to keep or modify Obamacare.

Among Republicans, three-fourths said they would like their party’s leaders to try to repeal and replace Obamacare at some point, though most listed other issues that they would give a higher priority right now…..

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The Government Accountability Office is investigating Trump’s abuses against the ACA

US President Donald Trump, with Vice President Mike Pence (R) and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price (L), speaks from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, on March 24, 2017..Trump on Friday asked US Speaker of the House Paul Ryan to withdraw the embattled Republican health care bill, moments before a vote, signaling a major political defeat for the US president. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

 We drink from the swamp

The Trump administration has spent taxpayer money meant to encourage enrollment in the Affordable Care Act on a public relations campaign aimed at methodically strangling it.

The effort, which involves a multi-pronged social media push as well as video testimonials designed at damaging public opinion of President Obama’s health care law, is far more robust and sustained than has been publicly revealed or realized.

Much of this propaganda push consists of a series of dozens of videos showing testimonials of Obamacare ‘nightmare’ experiences.

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HHS head Price wants to go back in the day for future healthcare coverage….

The Affordable Healthcare Law was put in place to BETTER the Problems with the old way of doing business….

WTF go backwards????

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price suggested Sunday that the nation’s health insurance system ought to operate as it did before the Affordable Care Act was passed.

During an appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” Price was asked to respond to a blistering criticism of the Senate Republicans’ health care proposal by two major groups representing the U.S. health insurance industry. In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) earlier this week, the groups called the latest version of the bill “simply unworkable in any form” and warned that it would cause “widespread terminations of coverage” to people with serious medical problems.

“It’s really perplexing, especially from the insurance companies, because all they have to do is dust off how they did business before Obamacare,” Price said, referring to an amendment proposed by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) that would allow insurers to resume sales of policies that leave out key benefits, such as prescription drugs or mental health treatment.

“A single risk pool, which is what they’re objecting to, is exactly the kind of process that was ― that has been utilized for decades to care for individuals,” he added.

America’s Health Insurance Plans and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association of America, the two groups who wrote the letter, oppose the latest draft of the legislation. They say it would allow insurance companies to discriminate among customers based on medical status ― essentially causing insurance premiums for people with pre-existing conditions to skyrocket.

In discussing their health care plan, Republicans do not usually speak as candidly as Price about returning the nation’s health care system to its pre-Obamacare period, a period marked by egregious insurance company abuses. Protections for pre-existing conditions remain highly popular around the country, and GOP lawmakers are loath to admit their policies would weaken them…….

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GOPer’s go after Hillary Clinton for wanting to fix Healthcare Law….

Clinton DID offer to FIX problems with the Affordable Healthcare Law….

The Republicans tweeted about that today….

As a negative to help THEM….

When in trouble?

Republicans bring out a Clinton to beat up on , eh?

Clinton’s plan looked very different from what Republicans were proposing then, or what they are trying to do now, because Clinton also recognized the Affordable Care Act’s accomplishments ― which included not just a historic drop in the number of uninsured Americans but also cheaper, stronger coverage for millions whose low incomes or pre-existing medical conditions had made decent insurance impossible to get in the old days.

Instead of ripping the guts out of the Affordable Care Act and reversing that progress, Clinton sought to strengthen the new system ― by, among other things, using government negotiating leverage to bring down prescription drug prices, creating a public insurance option to improve competition and reduce prices, and offering new tax credits to offset out-of-pocket expenses for people with severe medical problems.

The plan was vague on key points, like exactly how the federal government would use its new negotiating authority with drug companies. But it was more detailed than what then-presidential-candidate Donald Trump had put forward and, fully fleshed out, Clinton’s proposal would have represented a substantial commitment of government resources.

When the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget analyzed Clinton’s health care agenda, as part of a broader examination of her campaign promises, it concluded that the initiative would cost about $250 billion over 10 years ― money Clinton proposed to raise through higher income taxes on the very wealthy.

Clinton’s proposal looked a lot like recommendations that former President Barack Obama made before leaving office…..

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GA-06…Republican Healthcare moves have more support there than the media paints it…

The special election IS TODAY....

The Washington Post’s 

Support for the Republican effort to change the Affordable Healthcare Law…..

While certain parts of it people want to keep?

Most Republicans are ok with changes to the program….

In addition, Republican  HHS head Tom Price was very popular as the House member from the district…

Hohmann writes that the polling stories do not show the situation actually on the ground in the district ….

the polling does not capture the full story. In dozens of interviews on the ground over three days, most Republicans and many independents who have concerns about the House bill stressed that they still detest Obamacare. Their expectations might seem unreasonable to anyone who is closely following the debate or is steeped in the complexities of public policy, but they believe Donald Trump can and should enact a replacement plan that will both reduce their costs and improve their quality of care.

No matter where people fall in the debate, virtually everyone cares deeply about the outcome. The Journal-Constitution survey, conducted the week before last, found that 81 percent of likely voters describe health care as an “extremely” or “very” important “priority” to them, larger than any other issue by far.

One reason a lot of Republicans in the suburbs north of Atlanta are willing to give Trump leeway is Price. After representing the district for 12 years, he is still highly respected by the grassroots. He won reelection by 23 points last November, even as Trump edged out Hillary Clinton by just one point….

— The bottom line: If Handel loses tonight, it will be almost entirely because of moderate unease with Trump and his agenda. The Journal-Constitution poll found that only about one-third of voters in the district approve of the president. Even one in four Republicans give him an unfavorable review….

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Obamacare isn’t gonna crash…But it DOES needs adjustments…

The nations’ s healthcare program the Affordable Healthcare program, also labeled Obamacare is doing what it was supposed to do…Increase healthcare insurance for those who could didn’t have access to coverage…

And while the political scrimmaging is going on ?

The fact is the program DOES Need fixing…

That fixing should NOT be a full repeal of the program knocking up to 24 million people out coverage entirely to make premiums lower for those who can pay them without effort…

Are the insurance marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act really on the verge of collapse, as President Trump and GOP leaders have repeatedly claimed?

Three months ago, this story would have started like this: It depends on where you look and who you ask.

Today, it goes something like this: They are in a fragile state pretty much everywhere.

With Trump threatening to withhold payments to insurers and expressing reluctance to uphold the mandate requiring most people to either buy insurance or pay a penalty, otherwise stable state markets are now in a precarious position. Others are experiencing issues they likely would have anyway, but with a layer of new instability on top. But just because many markets were stable doesn’t mean they were serving everyone well. The messy reality of these two intertwined issues — what keeps the markets stable and who they cover — often leaves politicians on both sides of the aisle telling half-truths about the health of Obamacare’s most public provision. A look at the ways marketplaces are succeeding and failing reveals opportunities for improvement and hints at why the political climate could make those improvements all but impossible.

For the last couple of decades, the term “death spiral” has been used to describe a marketplace spinning out of control. In the face of rising premiums, healthy people bail from a marketplace, causing premiums to rise further, until the prices are unaffordable for everyone and the whole plan falls apart. The Obamacare marketplaces are not in a death spiral, according to various health policy experts, despite numerous Republicans’claims to the contrary. In fact, the term, at least under its pre-Obamacare definition, is largely obsolete. That’s because the ACA fundamentally changed how the markets are organized. Now that the government is subsidizing health insurance, people with incomes just above the federal poverty line are largely protected from rising premiums — 83 percent of the people currently using the markets receive subsidies to help pay for their plans — and, healthy or sick, they are unlikely to flee the markets amid rising premiums.

However, growing costs in the marketplaces frequently determine whether someone with a slightly higher income1 will buy into the market. That’s because under the current system, those people receive low or no subsidies to offset the cost of insurance — they aren’t immune to the price increases…..

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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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HHS Head Price plans to cut into Obamacare on his own…

For those of you who think the game is over in Trump’s ability to Repeal the Affordable Healthcare Law AKA Obamacare….

Think AGAIN….

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….“Fourteen hundred and forty-two times the ACA said ‘the secretary shall’ or ‘the secretary may,’ ” Price replised….

In his carefully calibrated testimony before House appropriators, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price made one thing clear Wednesday: The administration is still intent on dismantling parts of the Affordable Care Act even if Republicans lack the votes to rewrite it.

Time and time again, Price invoked the pledge he has made repeatedly to lawmakers since President Trump selected him for his post. “What we’re committed to is making sure the American people have access to affordable coverage,” he told Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro (Conn.), the top Democrat on the Appropriations subcommittee on labor, health and human services, education, and related agencies.

But under intense questioning from Democrats, Price outlined how his department could make insurance plans cheaper by scaling back several federal mandates, including what the ACA currently defines as “essential benefits” in coverage. And he refused to say whether the administration will keep providing cost-sharing subsidies for insurers participating in the federal marketplace. The multibillion-dollar infusion is critical to maintaining the system’s stability, insurers say.

At one point, DeLauro asked Price whether the administration wanted to “repeal or strengthen and improve” the 2010 health-care law.

“We believe that the current law has harmed many individuals,” the secretary said….

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Republican push just for Repeal of Obamacare is almost gone…

Strike while the iron is hot?

On the Affordable Healthcare Law/Obamacare?

That iron is cooling and probably cold….

Between the mounting protests in the streets and at town halls….

Along with polling showing that more American’s are worried about losing their coverage?

The chances of an outright repeal of the program is just about gone….

Rightwingnuts still walkabout an immediate junking of the program…But NOBODY except them are for that anymore…

Repeal and Replace has been the call from the new President….

But any senario proposed on that will wait until next year or 2019 AFTER the midterm elections….

We’ve pointed this out before here….

The Affordable Healthcare program’s worst problem is it’s nickname….

As President Obama tried to do…

The program needs adjustments…

They ARE coming….

Probably another name….

But in the end….

That’s about all….

Ever since Republicans got down to the business of repealing the Affordable Care Act, the Senate has been singled out as the likely problem. Any plan that could zoom through the House would hit roadblocks among Senate Republicans, many of whom have resisted a wholesale repeal of the health law without a robust replacement plan.

But after weeks of loud protests, boisterous town hall meetings and scores of quieter meetings with health care professionals, patients, caregivers and hospital managers in their districts, it is becoming increasingly likely that a consensus in the House may be just as hard to reach.

The most conservative House members are pushing for a fast repeal of the health law with only a bare-bones replacement to follow, possibly just bigger incentives for people to open health savings accounts to fund their own health needs. Other Republicans are more interested in taking their time to come up with a replacement plan that, as of now, they have failed to cobble together beyond a menu of options….

“For the first time Republicans need to demonstrate what they are for and not just being against Obamacare,” said Doug Heye, who served as the deputy chief of staff to former Representative Eric Cantor of Virginia when he was majority leader. Mr. Cantor and House Republican chairmen labored in 2014 to bring a replacement bill for Republicans to get behind, Mr. Heye said, and got nowhere, even with no stakes.

“Republicans are going to come back to Washington next week and say what they’ve heard on the ground, at hospitals, at restaurants, at events where people have been concerned about where they go from here,” he said. “How much that shapes things over the next months remains to be seen.”

Further, recent polls show increasing enthusiasm for the health law as Americans see its repeal on the horizon…

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Political Roundup for February 15, 2017…Obamacare Repeal Not so fast…RRH Elections…

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Flyover Country:  In case some of our readers were wondering as they are worrying about President Trump from their homes on the respective flanks of the country, Trump is still popular in middle America.

Obamacare:  As I predicted months ago, the Republicans are running into serious internal issues regarding the repeal of Obamacare.  If a repeal happens at all, you got to wonder if it will take as long as it took the Democrats to pass Obamacare.

DNC:  Tom Perez claims to have enough votes to win the race for DNC Chairman.  A Perez win would continue Obama control of the DNC.

SBA:  Linda McMahon was confirmed as SBA Director.  She received strong support from both parties by today’s standards.

MI-Sen:  With a dearth of interested candidates, Republicans in Michigan are floating the idea of Kid Rock running for US Senate.  Crazy to think that Kid Rock as a candidate is not that far outside the realm of possibility….

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Republican lawmakers get bombarded about Obamacare Repeal back home…

Left from the hallowed hall’s of the nations Capital?

The questions and fear about the Affordable Healthcare Law’s future are coming fast and furious at Republican  US House and Senate members…..

And the these incidents are happening in places where Donald Trump won and some are certained organized by Democrats…

As has been predicted here?

There will be NO MASS changes in President Obama’s signature Obama care Healthcare bill….(Trump has promised that No ONe should lose their coverage)….At least not anytime before the 2018 Midterm elections….And Republicans ARE gonna have to roll out some solutions to keep most Americans and Inurance Companies calm soon…

Liberal-leaning groups are trying to foment a real movement against Trump — and in particular against repeal of Obamacare — sharing spreadsheets of town halls for Republicans across the country in hopes of sparking a grassroots movement similar to the tea party movement of 2009. Videos of screaming constituents were splashed across TV that summer as Congress drafted Obamacare, slowing the law’s momentum and crushing any chance that Republicans would help pass it.

So far, protests against the repeal effort are not nearly as heated as those rage-filled 2009 town halls, some of which ended in fistfights, arrests and hospitalizations. But they show growing angst over the GOP’s uncertain plans to replace the health care law….

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