To the phones again!

Next week the Senate Republicans will put forth an abomination called the Graham-Cassidy bill, which intends to repeal the Affordable Care Act and eliminate health care for millions of Americans. Oh, its sponsors would deny that hotly, but it’s nonetheless true. In reality, Graham-Cassidy is the opposite of moderate. It contains, in exaggerated and almost …

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When Congress serves industry

Table saw users, take note. There’s a way to keep your fingers from sudden amputation. It was invented 14 years ago. There was a big need for this invention. Every year more than 4,000 Americans suffer amputations — get their hands mangled using table saws. Upwards of 30,000 people wind up in emergency rooms with …

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Is Obamacare safe?

It looks like it, for now. The Senate is showing little interest in any encore votes anytime soon. Trump on Monday threatened to end subsidies to insurers and also took aim at coverage for members of ­Congress. But the White House insistence appears to have done little to convince congressional GOP leaders to keep trying. …

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Is this zombie really dead?

The Senate couldn’t pass the “skinny repeal” bill tonight. It failed on a 49 Aye – 51 Nay vote at 1:30 AM. Senator John McCain provided the 51st vote against it. There will be pages of analysis and post-mortems in tomorrow’s papers and probably a bunch of surly Trump Tweets too. I just hope the …

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McCain never has been much of a “Maverick”

Headline: John McCain to return to Senate Tuesday for health care vote McCain’s office announced Monday night that he would return Tuesday — a surprise to most in Washington who expected him to miss the crucial vote and return to Washington at a later date. McCain is expected to get GOP leadership one vote closer …

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Liar, thy name is Orrin Hatch

Note the date of this tweet: I cannot support any bill that would jeopardize health care coverage for Medicare beneficiaries. #tcot #utpol — Orrin Hatch (@OrrinHatch) December 2, 2009 Note that Hatch was one of the 13 white men who drafted the Senate’s version of the health bill, called the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) …

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