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House Vote on Obamacare Lite is Postponed!

Thanks to the hard work of Rand Paul and the House Freedom Caucus, Obamacare Lite didn’t have enough votes to pass! Hopefully true negotiations can begin!

Written by Julie Hirschfeld Davis, Robert Pear, and Thomas Kaplan for the New York Times:

House Republican leaders postponed a planned vote Thursday in the full House on legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act as President Trump and his allies struggled to round up votes amid a tide of defections from the proposed replacement bill. …

“We’re certainly trying to get to ‘yes,’” said Representative Mark Meadows, Republican of North Carolina and the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus. “We’ve made very reasonable requests and we’re hopeful that those reasonable requests will be listened to and ultimately agreed to.” …

The emerging power of the Freedom Caucus, a group that has been historically marginalized in policy-making but a thorn in the side of leadership, is one of the surprises of the rushed health care debate. The Freedom Caucus has been empowered by the addition of one of their own, former Representative Mick Mulvaney, to the senior White House staff as budget director, and Mr. Trump’s disengagement from policy details coupled with his intense desire to score a win after a rocky start to his presidency. …

As the crucial vote approached, party leaders appeared to be short of a majority, as moderate Republicans continued to move away from the bill. …

Conservatives say the mandates, as interpreted in rules issued by the Obama administration, add to the costs of health insurance and make it difficult for insurers to offer lower-cost options tailored to the needs of consumers. …

A spokeswoman for the Freedom Caucus, Alyssa Farah, said Wednesday that more than 25 members of the caucus were considered “no” votes on the health care measure — enough to sink the bill in the House, though that count could not be independently verified.

Read the entire article here.

Protest votes are a privilege. One that is most enjoyed by people who are privileged. When you wake up the next day and Trump won, nobody poor or disadvantaged will thank you for your protest vote. If you are progressive and care about the rights of minorities and the other, vote for someone who at least lends their ear to their concerns. Otherwise I will just assume you are selfish. Perfection is often the enemy of greatness. If you are still stuck in the period of your life when you expect there will always be a more perfect and more viable option, maybe you just haven’t matured enough. Life honestly involves compromise in even our most basic decisions—and especially in politics. That’s simply how our country has gotten as far as it has.
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Thanks, Obama

A list of the amazing things Obama did for the United States of America in his eight years as president:

- He provided health care for those in need, including expanding health care for children;

- He made America a safer place, with more jobs;

- He created a better economy, with opportunities for all Americans;

- He ended two wars;

- He made it easier for students to get loans;

- He created laws, helping those in need after the recession; 

- He increased the support for veterans;

- He gave women the right to stand up against discrimination at work;

- He introduced two women to the Supreme Court, including the first Hispanic woman on the Supreme Court;

- He passed environmental laws, including renewable energy laws;

- He ‘killed’ several plans that would cost billions and would gain nothing;

- He actually started working towards ending hate crime, by expanding the laws to sexual orientation, gender, or disability, in addition to race, color, religion, or national origin;

- He payed minority farmers, including Native American and black farmers, $4.6 billion in settlements after they were cheated out of a lot of money and natural resources by the government;

- He ensured better relations between the United States and Cuba;

- HE HELPED LEGALISE SAME-SEX MARRIAGE, which is a huge deal;

- He joined the fight against terrorism, ISIL, in the Middle East; 

- He funded Planned Parenthood, which has saved many lives.

Thanks, Obama!