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Senate Dems target potential GOP candidates over ObamaCare repeal. Fight Against Wealthcare. Obamacare exploding? Maybe just a slow burn. The Republican Party Is Catastrophically Broken. When the history of the fledgling, fumbling Trump presidency is written, the past week will go down as either the end of the beginning, or the beginning of the end.

The Republican Party Is Catastrophically Broken

Trump’s disastrous week began with FBI director James Comey confirming that his campaign is under investigation for possible “coordination” with Russian officials to sabotage Hillary Clinton’s presidential candidacy. It ended with the ominous slam of a door Friday night: House Speaker Paul Ryan pulling the monstrous American Health Care Act because he didn’t have the votes to pass it, admitting that the GOP’s seven-year crusade to repeal the Affordable Care Act is over. A president who campaigned on the promise that “we’re going to win so much, you’re gonna be sick of winning” has suffered a disabling string of losses in his first two months. The bill was a tax cut for the rich disguised as healthcare reform, financed heavily by cruel cuts to Medicare. The Health-Care Debacle Was a Failure of Conservatism. Let the recriminations begin!

The Health-Care Debacle Was a Failure of Conservatism

Actually, the health-care-failure finger-pointing got under way well before Friday, when Donald Trump and Paul Ryan cancelled a House vote on the American Health Care Act. A day earlier, aides to the President let it be known that he had come to regret going along with Ryan’s idea of making health care his first legislative priority. In the coming days and weeks, there will be more of this blame shifting, and, in truth, there is plenty of blame to go around. Ryan failed to unify the House Republican caucus. Trump’s staff allowed him to endorse a bill that made a mockery of his campaign pledge to provide health insurance for everybody. Behind closed doors, Republican lawmakers fret about how to repeal Obamacare. (Obtained by The Washington Post) During a retreat in Philadelphia, Republican lawmakers discussed national security, defense and foreign policy.

Behind closed doors, Republican lawmakers fret about how to repeal Obamacare

Contributors included Sens. John Barasso (Wyo.), Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Reps. Fact-checking the White House’s rhetoric on the CBO report. A day after the Congressional Budget Office released a report on the House Republicans' health-care plan, White House press secretary Sean Spicer on March 14 said "CBO coverage estimates are consistently wrong.

Fact-checking the White House’s rhetoric on the CBO report

" (Reuters) A day after the Congressional Budget Office released a report on the House Republicans’ health-care plan, White House press secretary Sean Spicer on March 14 said “CBO coverage estimates are consistently wrong.” Americanhealthcareact_1. Congressional Budget Office: 52 Million Left Uncovered - The Atlantic. Updated on March 13, 2017 at 6:34 p.m.

Congressional Budget Office: 52 Million Left Uncovered - The Atlantic

ET The Republicans’ effort to pass their proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act just got a whole lot harder. Trump's moves to make good on campaign vows upset supporters. They loved the ideas — but not how they’re being carried out.

Trump's moves to make good on campaign vows upset supporters

The conservative groups and politicians that helped usher President Trump to his unexpected and historic victory last November are now blasting how he’s carrying out two of his signature proposals — a new health care bill and the border wall — even though he never bothered to offer specific details for either idea. Experts say the groups should have known the devil was in the details. “Policy specifics” were “not demanded of Trump during the past presidential campaign,” David Caputo, president emeritus and professor of Political Science at Pace University, told the Daily News. Republicans' health care plan has already run out of friends. Yesterday afternoon, the American Nurses Association condemned the House Republicans’ health care plan, explaining that the American Health Care Act “threatens health care affordability, access, and delivery for individuals across the nation.”

Republicans' health care plan has already run out of friends

The ANA, representing over 3.6 million nurses, is hardly the only major stakeholder drawing this conclusion. The list of organizations that have come out against the Republican plan has grown quite quickly, and includes the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association, AARP, the American Cancer Society, and the American Psychiatric Association, among others. Even America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), the powerhouse trade association for private insurers, isn’t happy. At least some on Capitol Hill, however, have embraced an amazing new phrase to dismiss critics of their ridiculous plan from throughout the system. We are, evidently, supposed to believe Paul Ryan, Donald Trump, GOP officials, and no one else.

Rep. Joe Kennedy III slams Paul Ryan on ACA repeal—then forces GOP lawyer to admit major exclusion. Democratic U.S.

Rep. Joe Kennedy III slams Paul Ryan on ACA repeal—then forces GOP lawyer to admit major exclusion

House Representative Joe Kennedy III of Massachusetts added more good to the *Kennedy name and made many Americans proud on Wednesday, when he spoke out against the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act proposed by Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. The day before, Ryan had said Republicans are doing ”an act of mercy” by repealing and replacing Obamacare. AmericanHealthCareAct.

Uk.businessinsider. Doctors seen during a procedure.Wikimedia Commons Reactions have streamed in since House Republicans on Monday introduced their bill designed to replace Obamacare.

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Titled the American Health Care Act, the bill aims to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, overhauling the healthcare system. The bill tries to preserve some of the well-regarded aspects of the ACA, such as allowing people with preexisting conditions to keep their coverage — so long as they don't have a lapse in insurance. At the same time, some estimates say millions of Americans could lose their insurance under the AHCA.

4 Republican Senators Just Rebelled Against the House Plan to Repeal Obamacare. Andrew Kelly/Reuters/ZUMA After a week of keeping their bill under guard by Capitol Police, House Republicans introduced their plan to repeal Obamacare late Monday afternoon.

4 Republican Senators Just Rebelled Against the House Plan to Repeal Obamacare

But a band of four Republican senators had already begun revolting in public—even before the language of the new measure had seen the light of day. They sent a letter to their caucus leader Monday afternoon saying that they couldn't support the latest leaked version of the House plans because it doesn't protect people who gained Medicaid under Obamacare. One of the Affordable Care Act's most effective ways of lowering the number of people who lack health insurance has been a provision that allows those who earn 138 percent or less of the federal poverty level to enroll in Medicaid. Medscape Access. Republican split on Obamacare strategy evident during private meeting. Congressional Republicans during a private meeting Thursday morning agonized over how best to repeal and replace Obamacare, a discussion that highlighted the vast divisions among the GOP rank-in-file, according to an audio recording of the session received by POLITICO. House and Senate lawmakers during the Republican retreat in Philadelphia debated how best to create an affordable health care alternative that won't swell the debt but that also protects the more than 20 million people who have benefited from Obama’s health care law.

Story Continued Below Some worried aloud whether an alternative from GOP leadership to offer tax credits for insurance would actually result in a middle-class tax hike. Others disagreed about whether to keep Obama’s Medicaid expansion that has benefited more than 11 million lower-income Americans. Medscape Access. Obama Wrote the Most Popular Scientific Journal Article of 2016. Hospitals: GOP may create 'an unprecedented public health crisis' Hospitals are not known for being especially political or ideological. Everyone gets sick; everyone occasionally has a medical emergency; and so everyone has a vested interest in making sure hospitals are stable and secure facilities.

And with that in mind, when American hospitals start to panic in response to Republican threats, the public ought to take note.