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Trump and GOP reveal tax cut plans

President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans unveiled Wednesday their plans for tax reform. The Washington Post reported that Trump and Republican lawmakers released a nine-page…

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After blocking the GOP’s repeal of the ACA, senator describes the ‘extraordinary’ greeting back home

Sen. Susan Collins returned home to Maine on Friday and was greeted with great enthusiasm by travelers inside the Bangor International Airport. As she walked off the plane, travelers in the gate area recognized her and broke into a hearty round of applause that continued to get louder as word spread she was in the area. Twitter user @BLCKDGRD grabbed a photo of a surprised and smiling Sen. Collins making her way through the gate area:

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This is true: Susan Collins on our plane to Bangor, gets applause as she passes through Bangor airport waiting area. pic.twitter.com/a1s2QTpldd

— BLCKDGRD (@BLCKDGRD) July 28, 2017

She described the scene to Jake Tapper on CNN’s State of the Union show:

“It really was so extraordinary, heartwarming and affirming. I got off the plane and there was a large group of outbound passengers, none of whom I happen to know, and spontaneously some of them started applauding and then virtually all of them started to applaud,” Collins told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” on Sunday.

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Survey: Women are paying more attention to politics with Trump in charge

A new survey released on Thursday showed that the public, especially college educated women, are paying more attention to politics since President Donald Trump won…

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GOP seeks to expand its control of governorships — and so far, it’s looking good

The Republican Governors Association announced on Tuesday its fundraising efforts for the 2018 election have set a new record, a potentially good sign as Republicans…

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Kid Rock tweets that his rumored run for Senate is an ‘absolute YES’

Famed rocker and admitted Republican Robert Ritchie — aka “Kid Rock” — tweeted Wednesday that he has been asked repeatedly about whether he is going to run for…

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Majority of Republicans believe colleges and universities have a negative impact on US

A new poll by the Pew Research Center revealed that most Republican and Republican-leaning voters believe universities and colleges have a negative impact on the United States. According…

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TheBlaze Poll: Do you agree with the fury over a congressman recording a video inside Auschwitz?

Congressman Clay Higgins (R-La.) is making headlines again for something he said, but this time it wasn’t a social media post. He made a solemn…

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Ted Cruz could save the Senate’s health care bill — and some conservatives aren’t happy about it

A proposed amendment offered in June by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to the Senate leadership’s plan to replace the Affordable Care Act is gaining traction…

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Are you 64 and making $56,800 a year? Welcome to a $20,500 Trumpcare insurance premium

Popular vote loser Donald Trump freely admits he called the House version of Trumpcare “mean, mean, mean” and also claimed that he wanted a Senate bill that is “generous, kind, with heart.” That’s not what he got with the Senate version of Trumpcare, the “Better Care Act.” In fact, the Congressional Budget Office says it’s just as mean by the numbers, if not more so.

According to their estimates, 15 million people will lose their insurance next year, 2018. An election year. By 2026, 22 million people who are now insured will have lost that insurance. Compared to the Affordable Care Act, “an estimated 49 million people would be uninsured, compared with 28 million who would lack insurance that year under current law.” The biggest hit, as in the House bill, lands on Medicaid.

The largest savings would come from reductions in outlays for Medicaid—spending on the program would decline in 2026 by 26 percent in comparison with what CBO projects under current law—and from changes to the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) subsidies for nongroup health insurance. Those savings would be partially offset by the effects of other changes to the ACA’s provisions dealing with insurance coverage: additional spending designed to reduce premiums and a reduction in revenues from repealing penalties on employers who do not offer insurance and on people who do not purchase insurance. […]

In later years, other changes in the legislation—lower spending on Medicaid and substantially smaller average subsidies for coverage in the nongroup market—would also lead to increases in the number of people without health insurance.

Keep in mind that “later years” part. This estimate doesn’t go beyond 2026; however the CBO doesn’t think that the so-called “flexibility” for Medicaid that block granting would be for states is all that. Instead, it would be a burden. “With less federal reimbursement for Medicaid, states would need to decide whether to commit more of their own resources to finance the program at current-law levels or to reduce spending by cutting payments to health care providers and health plans, eliminating optional services, restricting eligibility for enrollment through work requirements and other changes, or (to the extent feasible) arriving at more efficient methods for delivering services.” It also projects that post-2026, Medicaid enrollments would continue to fall.

Monday, Jun 26, 2017 · 10:58:44 PM +00:00 · Joan McCarter

Correction: Initial post said $20,500 premium for a 64 year old making $26,500. That is corrected to read $56,800, annually. Because paying more than a third of your income for a premium is totally okay.

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Rep. Justin Amash has a suggestion for liberals who want single-payer health care

Michigan Republican Rep. Justin Amash on Wednesday confronted a hostile gathering of Democrats and progressives who took over a town hall event to demand that the…

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