March 7, 2017

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5 Points On How To Assess The GOP’s Obamacare Repeal And Replace Bill

The Gist: After seven years of failing to coalesce around an Obamacare replacement bill, GOP congressional leaders unveiled Monday evening legislation to dismantle the Affordable Care Act and replace it with a program that includes enough government assistance to alienate conservatives, who have called some of the proposals "Obamacare-lite," while scaling back other coverage gains made under the ACA that could make moderate Republicans uncomfortable.

Chaffetz: Americans May Have To Choose Between New Phone, Health Insurance

The Gist: Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) on Tuesday morning brushed off concerns about the access low-income Americans will have to health insurance with Republicans' plan to replace Obamacare, arguing that Americans will just have to choose between a new phone and health insurance.

Trump Tweets Support For 'Our Wonderful New Healthcare Bill'

The Gist: President Donald Trump shoveled praise Tuesday morning on a new health care proposal that would replace the Affordable Care Act.

From The Reporter's Notebook

The former director of the CIA said Monday that President Trump could simply demand proof that his phones had been tapped from the intelligence community, and that perhaps Trump “just for a moment forgot that he was President,” in making the claim without proof, TPM's Matt Shuham reported. “It looks as if the President just for a moment forgot that he was President,” Hayden said. “Why didn’t he simply use the powers of the presidency to ask the acting director of national intelligence, the head of the FBI, to confirm or deny the story he apparently read from Breitbart the evening before?”

Agree or Disagree?

Josh Marshall: "The number of people with usable insurance is the only measure that counts. 'Access' is bullshit. I'm sorry to put it in such a raw fashion but that is the fact. The number of people who lose their insurance is the only legitimate measure. And it doesn't really matter whether they lose their care in 2017 or 2020. That's just political gamesmanship."

Say What?!

"There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less. But they too had a dream that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great grandsons, great granddaughters might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land."

- Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson said Monday that some slaves brought to America against their will were “immigrants” who “had a dream.”

BUZZING: Today in the Hive

From a TPM Prime member: "I think they will 'repeal' the ACA, in some manner, and 'replace' it, with something. They will redefine success in some way that allows them to succeed. But I think they'll regret it, bigly. After they figure out the legislation, and the financing, and it's signed and litigated and rolled out, what will the average family's first-hour real-world experience with RepubliCare be? The answer is: medical underwriting. Every proposal so far has a high risk pool, therefore the first question from every insurer will be: do you belong in the high risk pool or not? Medical underwriting is the hateful process that people have forgotten about, and it's going to be more aggressive and intrusive than ever. And there's no way to deny that it's happening, and no way to blame it on Obama. This issue has been hidden to date under the rock of 'pre-existing conditions', as though only the 40 million people that have health problems are affected. But it actually affects everyone in the individual market, and it's a serious political problem and a potential killer of both people and parties."

Related: What If There's No Affordable Health Insurance To Buy?

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