PROTEST… but let’s know why & have options to express

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Viewfinder: Protesting the Senate’s Health-Care Bill in D.C.

Police arrest a woman protesting against the Senate Republicans’ draft health-care bill outside the Capitol Hill office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on June 22nd, 2017. Police arrest a woman protesting against the Senate Republicans’ draft health-care bill outside the Capitol Hill office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on June 22nd, 2017. Read more


WHAT THE SENATE HEALTH CARE BILL MEANS FOR YOU The Senate unveiled its version of the health care bill meant to repeal and replace Obamacare, and here’s where it takes aim at the safety net. Four Republican senators have said they don’t yet back the bill. You can read the full text of the Senate’s bill here, as well as this simple graphical guide that breaks down the differences between Obamacare and the House and Senate plans. Take a look at how your deductible could change and the likelihood that the GOP defunds Planned Parenthood. And former President Barack Obama said about the new bill: "It’s a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America." [HuffPost] [Tweet | Share on Facebook]

President Donald Trump said he was "very supportive" of the Obamacare repeal bill unveiled by Senate Republicans Thursday.

"I am very supportive of the Senate #HealthcareBill. Look forward to making it really special! Remember, ObamaCare is dead," he tweeted.

Earlier in the day, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders didn’t offer a full White House endorsement of the plan.

The Senate’s Obamacare Repeal Bill Does Exactly What You Think It Would
After weeks of much-criticized secret negotiations, the Senate released on Thursday a "discussion draft" of its Affordable Care Act repeal bill, the "Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017." While policy wonks are still dissecting the legislation, here are the big changes this bill makes to the … Read more

Senate GOP’s health plan debuts amid doubts

Four Republican senators demand changes. Medical industry is also critical ahead of planned vote.

By Sean Sullivan, Kelsey Snell and Juliet Eilperin  •  PowerPost  •  Read more »


McConnell decides to call GOP colleagues’ bluff with health-care proposal

By releasing a “discussion draft,” the Senate majority leader is pushing the debate to its negotiation phase.

By Paul Kane  •  PowerPost  •  Read more »


Obama on the GOP health-care plan: ‘This bill will do you harm.’

Former president Barack Obama posted a nearly 1,000-word critique of the Senate bill Thursday on Facebook.

By Juliet Eilperin  •  PowerPost  •  Read more »


Another day, another poll showing how deeply unpopular the GOP health-care bill is

Can a new name and a few tweaks make the bill more palatable?

By Philip Bump  •  Read more »


GOP’s Cruel ‘Health Care’ Bill Goes After Children, the Poor and Veterans

By Steven Rosenfeld, AlterNet

“The ACA is not repealed. Health care for poor people, kids, the disability community and seniors is."  READ MORE»

GOP healthcare reform coming today? What you need to know
06-22-2017  •, Associated Press 
"Repeal and replace" has been the battlecry of conservatives ever since former President Barack Obama’s poorly-conceived healthcare law was put into place.

Hypocrite McCain Makes Healthcare Statements Forgetting Obamacare’s History
06-21-2017  •, Dawn Luger
Senator John McCain, a Republican from Arizona, said he hasn’t met an American who has seen the Senate Republicans’ health care bill yet. But he’s "sure the Russians have" gotten their hands on it, Bloomberg reported. 


The Big Lie Republicans Are Using To Defend Their Secret Health Care Bill

Republican leaders in Washington have come under withering assault for the way they are putting together their bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act ― specifically, for writing the legislation almost entirely behind closed doors, with zero Democratic input, and with plans to hold a vote mere days and maybe mere hours after finalizing the language.

Some Republican senators say they, too, are frustrated by the process. But so far none has seen fit to demand slower, more open deliberations. They say they are inclined to cut their leadership some slack, because ― supposedly ― Democrats acted the exact same way when they first wrote the Affordable Care Act in 2009 and 2010.

This is nonsense, as historians and the reporters who covered the 2009 and 2010 debate keep pointing out.

Yes, Democrats cut plenty of backroom deals and pulled plenty of legislative tricks to get their bill through Congress. That’s how complicated legislation always comes together. And, yes, Democrats ultimately passed the Affordable Care Act on a party-line vote.

But what Republicans are doing now is fundamentally different and truly unprecedented for legislation of this consequence.


Republicans who decried Obamacare secrecy now writing legislation in secret

Transparency takes a back seat to expediency as the GOP scrambles to pass a health-care bill.

By Karen Tumulty  •  Read more »


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