health care politics


Trump will give up on repealing Obamacare if the House vote fails

  • Trump will reportedly give up on health care reform if the Republican health care bill does not pass on Friday, according to Politico.
  • “If the president doesn’t get a vote to repeal and replace Obamacare, he will move on to other priorities,” White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said according to NBC News. Read more (3/23/17 10:11 PM)

What changes will Republicans make to the AHCA? Here’s what’s proposed.

  • Lacking the votes within their own party to pass the American Health Care Act, Republican leaders offered a series of proposed changes to woo House conservatives to support the bill.
  • Repealing essential health benefits guaranteed by the Affordable Care Act. Those benefits include emergency services, hospitalization, mental heath care, prescription drugs and maternity care, among others. 
  • Delaying repeal of ACA tax. The ACA levied a .9% tax on high-income Americans — those making more than $200,000 a year — to help pay for Medicare, according to the New York Times. The earlier version of the AHCA repealed this tax.
  • Adding money for states to deal with health care costs. Another change would provide states $15 billion to address health care needs — including mental health and substance abuse treatment. Read more (3/24/17 8:23 AM)

CBO report on the latest version of the GOP’s health care bill is even worse than before

  • A new report released Thursday from the Congressional Budget Office could put Friday morning’s already shaky vote in even more jeopardy.
  • The report showed that not only will the same number of people lose their coverage under the revised bill, but it actually lowers the amount of government cost savings. Read more (3/23/17 7 PM)

What time is this Health Care vote in the US? Because I desperately need to see either the Republicans screw themselves over to save face or Trump fall flat on his face. It’s happening one way or the other and I don’t want to miss it. 

45.  ACA repeal bill pulled by House Republicans; 3/24/17

“You can’t pretend and say this is a win for us,” said Representative Mark Walker, Republican of North Carolina, who conceded it was a “good moment” for Democrats.

“Probably that champagne that wasn’t popped back in November may be utilized this evening,” he said.


Breaking: GOP delays health care vote for a second time in yet another embarrassing defeat for Trump

  • House Republicans on Friday delayed yet another vote on the American Health Care Act after failing to garner enough support within their party.
  • The news was first reported by the Washington Post’s Robert Costa, who received a call from Trump saying the bill had been “pulled.”
  • It’s unclear what Republicans do now that they have pulled the bill for lack of support. White House press secretary Sean Spicer previously insisted there was no plan B. Read more (3/24/17 3:45 PM)

Steve Bannon reportedly advised Trump to keep a “shit list” of Republicans who oppose him

  • Citing anonymous Trump administration officials, the Daily Beast reported that Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon, has advised the president to keep a “shit list” of all the Republican lawmakers who choose to vote against the American Health Care Act during a scheduled vote on Friday.
  • Amid mounting evidence that GOP leadership will be whip enough votes needed to pass the legislation, Trump has reportedly become incensed — prompting Bannon to suggest that he make a note of the defectors.
  • “[Bannon] has told the president to keep a shit list on this,” one official told the Daily Beast. “He wants a running tally of [the Republicans] who want to sink this… Not sure if I’d call it an ‘enemies list,’ per se, but I wouldn’t want to be on it.” Read more (3/24/17 4 PM)
It's a staggering setback for President Donald Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan.

“Ryan admitted that the Affordable Care Act, enacted seven years earlier almost to the day, "remains the law of the land… We’re going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future.”

The keyword here is LIVING


President Franklin D. Roosevelt speaking in Syracuse at the New York Democratic State Convention in 1936.

FDR’s satirical rebuke against Republicans who opposed Social Security and the New Deal during the 1936 election.

80 years later the very same Republican Party used the same rhetoric unironically to justify taking away health insurance from 20 million Americans.