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Believe It or Not, Mitch McConnell Once Advocated for Affordable Healthcare

From Tonic at Vice.com:

Back in 1990, he was running for re-election in Kentucky against Harvey Sloane, a physician and Democrat. Sloane was a credible challenger, and McConnell cut a campaign ad that put healthcare front and center.

“When I was a child and my dad was in World War II, I got polio. I recovered, but my family almost went broke,” he said, over black-and-white pictures of the McConnell family. “Today, too many families can’t get decent, affordable health care. That’s why I’ve introduced a bill to make sure healthcare is available to all Kentucky families, hold down skyrocketing costs, and provide long-term care.”

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When the Bill Was Obamacare, McConnell Favored Transparency, Legislative Process

“This is a very important issue. You know, we shouldn’t try to do it in the dark. And whatever final bill is produced should be available to the American public and to the members of the Senate, certainly, for enough time to come to grips with it… And we are going to insist — and the American people are going to insist — that it be done in a transparent, a fair and open way.”

— Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), quoted by NBC News on October 2, 2009, nearly three months before passage of the Affordable Care Act.

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Vox’s Matthew Yglesias Wins the Day With this Tweet

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Twitter was quick to respond:

@MikeMarn 50 Shades of White. Now THAT’S obscene.

@dailyrefuge @mattyglesias to be fair, they are also going after geriatric care

@Donoghue_K Honestly, couldn’t they have found some excuse to get @KellyannePolls or Ivanka in the picture?

Jane? @Poeia All the women in that room should be ashamed of themselves.

Oh, wait…

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Poll: No Consequences for Those Who Vote to Repeal Obamacare

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The redistribution of wealth is the most stunning aspect of the Republican plan.

A new poll shows Americans oppose repealing Obamacare by only three to one. This should come as welcome news to Republicans poised to back the Trumpcare bill. The vote, at press time, was set for just before the north and south poles flip and our robot overlords take power, according to the official Congressional schedule.

Unfortunately, there actually is welcome news for Republicans in the survey, which was conducted by Quinnipiac University. About half of those responding essentially said a yes vote would have no political impact for elected officials, since it either makes those polled more likely to support that person for re-election (19 percent) or would have no effect on their vote (29 percent).

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Only 15 Percent of Physicians Support Complete Repeal of Obamacare

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A new survey from Penn shows what primary care physicians think of Obamacare: 15% support complete repeal (38% of Trump voters; 0% of Clinton voters).Other findings:
There is agreement among respondents that specific ACA provisions are important for U.S. health: 95% for covering preexisting conditions, 91% for tax credits for small businesses, 88% for family coverage through age 26, 73% for Medicaid expansion, 50% for the individual mandate.

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Sanders: ‘Access’ Ain’t the Same as ‘Having’

I have access to buying a $10 million home. I don’t have the money to do that.

— Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), quoted by the New York Times, slamming Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) for saying that Americans would have “access” to health care insurance under a Trump administration.

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More In Favor of Obamacare Now

45%

Of Americans think the Affordable Care Act is a “good idea,” its highest mark since pollsters began asking about President Obama’s vision for a health overhaul in April 2009, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll. The latest number compares with 41% who think the health law is a “bad idea.”

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Most Americans in Favor of Keeping Obamacare Until There Is an Alternative

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A new Kaiser Family Foundation poll finds that 75% of Americans say they either want lawmakers to leave Obamacare alone, or repeal it only when they can replace it with a new health care law. Just 20% of those polled say they want to see the law killed immediately.

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Here’s Why Republicans Don’t Have a Plan to Replace Obamacare

doctordemocrat2Dear Dr. Democrat,

Republicans have been chomping at the bit to kill Obamacare forever. But now that they’re ready to do it, they don’t have a clue how to replace it.

What gives?

Signed,

Worried in Weehawken

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‘Make America Sick Again’

“It’s a world where health insurance companies are jacking up rates, Americans are losing benefits and illness is racking the nation,” Politico reports.

“This is the apocalyptic picture of America offered by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to describe how he sees the health-care landscape after Republicans gut Obamacare. And he has found a slogan — borrowing from perhaps the most successful branding campaigns in modern political history — that he hopes to turn against the GOP repeal plan: ‘Make America Sick Again.’”