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Battle Lines Drawn as GOP Moves Closer to ‘Greatest Transfer of Wealth to the Super-Rich in Modern American History’ by Jake Johnson, staff writer With their passage of a deeply unpopular $1.5 tax cut bill on Thursday, House Repubicans did their part in “paving the way for the greatest transfer of wealth from regular people …

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Senate Republicans’ Tax Plan Will Scrap Obamacare Mandate

“The GOP tax bill is now straight-up ‘take away your healthcare to pay for tax cuts for corporations,’” says MoveOn.org’s Ben Wikler — by Jessica Corbett, staff writer In congressional Republicans’ latest move to strip healthcare from millions of Americans, several news outlets reported on Tuesday that party leaders in the Senate are adding a provision to their tax bill …

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Longer-Term Effects of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 on Medicaid Spending

Longer-Term Effects of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 on Medicaid Spending Document 208.91 KB   In CBO’s assessment, Medicaid spending under the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 would be 26 percent lower in 2026 than it would be under the agency’s extended baseline, and the gap would widen to about 35 percent in …

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No, Paul Ryan, Your Healthcare Defeat Wasn’t Because of “Growing Pains”

— by Robert Reich House Speaker Paul Ryan, in his press conference following the demise of his bill to replace Obamacare, blamed Republicans who had failed to grasp that the GOP was now a “governing party.” “We were a 10-year opposition party, where being against things was easy to do,” said Ryan. “You just had to …

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AMA Physicians Reject House ACA Replacement Bill

Andrew W. Gurman, MD President American Medical Association @AndyGurmanMD The American Health Care Act (AHCA), released by Congress this week, is intended to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). But as introduced, it does not align with the health reform objectives that the AMA set forth in January to protect patients. While the …

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4 Reasons Why States Suing to Stop Immigration Actions Stand to Lose Big

Immigration activists demonstrate at the Supreme Court in Washington in support of President Barack Obama’s executive order to grant relief from deportation in order to keep immigrant families together, March 18, 2016. The U.S. Capitol is in the background.  — by Tom Jawetz  On April 18, the U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear oral …

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The Obama Health Care Legacy: More Coverage and Less Spending

—by Harry Stein On March 24, the Congressional Budget Office, or CBO, published data that surprised even the staunchest advocates for health care reform: New estimates show that total federal spending in fiscal year 2016 for major health care programs will be lower than was projected back in January 2009. Why is this shocking? The …

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New Speaker, Same Old Policies

— by CAP Action War Room Paul Ryan’s Record Indicates We’re In For The Same Broken GOP Policies After much chaos and dysfunction, the House of Representatives elected Representative Paul Ryan from Wisconsin to be Speaker of the House. The Republicans have lauded their new Speaker as their “thought leader” who creates the “blueprints” for …

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Affordable Care Act at 3: Increased Savings for Seniors

— by Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services,  March 21, 2013 In the three years since the Affordable Care Act became law, the slower growth of health care costs is saving money in Medicare and the private insurance market, helping to curb previously skyrocketing premiums and making Medicare stronger. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget …

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Economic Rapture Might Be around the Corner

If the deficit disappears, our economic nightmare might finally come to an end. — By Salvatore Babones It’s January 25, 2001, the first week of the Bush presidency and more than half a year before the September 11 attacks. Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan testifies before the Senate Budget Committee, asserting: “If current policies remain in place, …

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