Trump responds to Republican repeal failure by threatening Obamacare

Senate Republicans failed in their latest attempt to take health coverage from 16 million people with so-called “skinny repeal.” So how’s Donald Trump responding? By lamenting the failure and promising to do what he can to blow up the system so that at least a few million people lose coverage:

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Very presidential. So populist. What a champion of working people. After sleeping on it, Trump expressed the deep thought that “If Republicans are going to pass great future legislation in the Senate, they must immediately go to a 51 vote majority, not senseless 60”—after a 51-49 vote.

As Trump’s initial tweet makes clear, Obamacare is still not safe. But things are a whole lot better than they would be

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The women did the heavy lifting, the man got all the credit, or, how the Republican repeal failed

John McCain provided a crucial vote to kill “skinny” repeal of Obamacare Thursday night, and he deserves credit for doing the right thing. But we need to talk about how much credit he’s getting—and who’s being overlooked. Because this:

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Senate Republicans originally put together an all-male panel to kill Obamacare, shutting the six Republican women in the Senate out of the process. Then that group fell apart and the repeal bills, such as they were, were crafted in secret—still without input from the very women who were making clear that their votes would be hard to get. 

Collins and Murkowski voted against Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s series of poorly thought through, cruel bills from the beginning. Donald Trump’s interior secretary

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Trump administration slaps Murkowski over repeal vote … she punches back

Ha ha ha. Donald Trump is on another rage bender about Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s vote against Obamacare repeal, so his interior secretary, Ryan Zinke, threatened Alaska’s energy industry. It doesn’t look like Murkowski is feeling too scared, though:

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Probably not the response Trump and Zinke were looking for.

A conservative estimate on how much an uninsured Sen. John McCain would pay for cancer treatments

By now you know that Sen. John McCain squandered his last chance at making a real positive difference in the United States. He voted “yes” to allow the Republican-controlled legislative branch of our government to continue to pursue the human and economic disaster of repealing Obamacare. 

The fact that Sen. John McCain is a raging hypocrite is not news. McCain has always been an awful abomination of an elected official. Frankly, McCain should have gone to jail for his involvement in the savings and loan debacle of the late 1980s, so this realization is nothing new. What is new is that McCain has recently been diagnosed with a terrible disease—brain cancer. More specifically, he is battling glioblastoma, which is a very aggressive form of the disease. The prognosis for the disease, even with the less difficult placement of the tumor that was recently removed from the senator, is not a great

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Top insurance CEOs openly blaming Trump sabotage for rate hikes and empty markets

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While the Senate stages the world’s deadliest bit of improvisational theater in an attempt to gut both the Affordable Care Act and, now, Medicaid as a whole, the Trump administration has been openly threatening to withhold federal subsidies to the insurers that make up the Obamacare marketplaces. That would obviously decimate those markets. Already, insurance companies are openly citing the uncertainty over whether they will be getting paid for double-digit rate increases.

Now Anthem CEO Joseph Swedish is making the point even more bluntly: If the Trump administration continues to threaten to withhold those payments, his company will be leaving some of those markets entirely.

Insurance giant Anthem, which has already withdrawn from the Obamacare marketplaces in three states, will pull out of more if the federal government doesn’t take action soon to stabilize the market, CEO Joseph Swedish told investors Wednesday. […]
“If we aren’t able

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Cartoon: Repeal & Whatever

After trying varying degrees of cruelty with their replacement for the Affordable Care Act, it looks like Congressional Republicans may be throwing in the towel. Or not. They may try another last ditch effort that will satisfy a cold-hearted Senator Ted Cruz while at the same time appeasing a senator like Susan Collins of Maine. Balancing cruelty and extremism with more traditional conservative values sure is a difficult thing to do.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump continues to exhibit all the legislative finesse of a MOAB. One day he wants to let Obamacare die while unleashing a tweet storm denying any personal responsibility, the next day he orders senators back to the negotiating table. (This, just one year after his “I alone can fix it” speech at the Republican National Convention.)

My guess is that Republicans in Congress won’t get their act together to pass their beloved “repeal

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Trump’s sabotage of Obamacare runs very deep

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The taxpayer dollars you are sending to Washington, D.C., to help people get health insurance coverage are actually being used by the Trump administration to destroy the very program that would achieve that goal. Does that sound like something the federal government should be doing, using funding for a program to destroy that program? No? Well, it’s happening.

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.

The strategy has caught the eye of legal experts and Democrats in Congress, who have asked government

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