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Republicans just passed a bill to allow shooting bears from helicopters

  • On March 21, the Senate approved a bill that rolls back Obama-administration regulations and allows for aerial hunting and live-trapping of bears and wolves, NPR reported. 
  • The bill also abolishes rules that prevented hunters from killing predators near their dens or with their cubs.
  • Animal rights advocates are hardly excited that Republican legislators are potentially paving the way for hunters to kill hibernating bears and their cubs. Read more. (3/28/17, 1:50 PM)

Watch: Samantha Bee says House Speaker Paul Ryan is the “Taylor Swift” of the GOP because he feigns innocence and is completely disingenuous

Bee focused on Ryan’s big shift on everything related to Trump in a segment called Paul Ryan: Portrait in Courage. Last year, the speaker went from saying he wasn’t ready to support Trump, to penning an op-ed endorsing the then-presidential candidate, to defending Trump’s policies. Check out Ryan’s full descent into brown (orange?) nosing territory.

Gifs: Full Frontal with Samantha Bee



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 The earlier version of the AHCA repealed this tax.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)

Trumpcare 2.0 is the same as 1.0 — except it guts coverage of pre-existing conditions

  • Republicans in the House of Representatives say they will vote on a plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, putting a bill largely negotiated in secret and revised at the last minute to the test in one of the tensest congressional standoffs in recent memory.
  • GOP leadership is pushing the vote under pressure from President Donald Trump’s White House and conservatives in the House, despite opposition from virtually every major medical organization and a Congressional Budget Office review of a prior version showing it could kick more than 24 million people off of insurance.
  • The new version allows states to decide if insurers can charge people with pre-existing conditions much more for health care
  • An amendment proposed by Michigan’s Rep. Fred Upton will provide $8 billion in funds to assist the people with pre-existing conditions who would pay more — a relative pittance in health care funding terms. Read more (5/4/17 9 AM)

In 2009, Paul Ryan made a perfect case against his planned Trumpcare vote

  • House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) scheduled a vote on the new version of the Republican health care bill for Thursday. 
  • That gives the American public less than 24 hours to read the bill, and forces a vote on the unpopular American Health Care Act before the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office has had time to study its impact.
  • There was a time when Ryan was vehemently against rushing legislation through Congress without time for public input or a CBO score. 
  • It was way back in 2009, when Congress was debating the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.
  • “I don’t think we should pass bills that we haven’t read that we don’t know what they cost,” Ryan said on MSNBC in 2009. Read more (5/4/17)

The Republican health care bill would not affect Americans equally. Older, poorer people would see big reductions in coverage and cost increases, according to a report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. This first step in the GOP plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, would also create a modest deficit reduction.

5 Charts That Explain The CBO Report On The Republican Health Plan

Charts: Danielle Kurtzleben and Alyson Hurt/NPR


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)