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Rand Paul Thinks the GOP’s New Health Care Bill Is Worse Than Obamacare

Gage Skidmore / FoterSenate Republican leadership released a revised health care bill this morning, and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) is not a fan. Asked today by The Hill‘s Rachel Roubein whether the new legislation is “worse than Obamacare,” Paul said “yes.” “Do you think this is worse than ObamaCare?” Sen Paul: “yes” — Rachel Roubein […]

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Mitch McConnell Wants to Pass the Senate Health Care Bill By Making It More Expensive

Ron Sachs/SIPA/NewscomOn Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell postponed a health care vote just hours after GOP leadership had promised that a vote would be held before the July 4 recess. Moderate and conservative Senators had expressed reservations about the legislation, and the move made clear that Republicans, who hold 52 seats in the upper […]

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Senate Republicans Add Individual Mandate Workaround to Health Care Bill

Despite being billed as an Obamacare repeal plan, the health care bill released last week by Senate Republicans kept many of Obamacare’s core elements in place, including federal regulations restricting health insurers from charging based on preexisting conditions and income-based subsidies for individuals purchasing health coverage on the individual market. But it lacked one of […]

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GOP Lawmakers Attacked in Shooting at Virginia Baseball Practice. Update: Shooter Identified

Update: Law enforcement has identified the shooter James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville, Illinois, according to The Washington Post and other media outlets. On Twitter, Post reporter Greg Miller notes that Hodgkinson is “an avid letter writer to the local paper in Belleville, many of them critical of GOP economic policy” and that the alleged shooter’s […]

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Senate Republicans Don’t Know What’s In Their Health Care Bill—But They Know It Won’t Repeal Obamacare

Senate Republicans aren’t saying much about what’s in their health care bill, but they have made one thing perfectly clear: They have given up on fully repealing Obamacare. That is not an outsider’s view. It is how Republicans themselves are framing the health care legislation that is now working its way through Congress. And it […]

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The CBO’s Health Care Score Shows Economists Shouldn’t Make Political Predictions

Spend enough time reading Congressional Budget Office reports, and you start to notice something: Although the nonpartisan congressional scorekeeper puts a lot of effort into carefully relaying their estimates, they are more cautious when it comes to explaining how those projections were obtained, noting the various forces in play but not describing the precise methodology […]

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