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Thank You, House Democrats, For Not Providing a Single “Yes” Vote on Trumpcare

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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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You’re Going to Miss Obamacare

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Depending on where you live, up to one in three of you could find yourselves without insurance if Republicans are able to follow through on their threat to repeal Obamacare.

Here’s the problem. Without the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Obamacare’s official name, we would go back to allowing insurance companies to refuse to cover you if you ever had certain health problems. And it’s not just cancer or heart disease that falls into the “declinable pre-existing conditions” category. Do you, or does a loved one, have:

  • Arthritis or other inflammatory joint diseases
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Obesity (defined as a body mass index of 30 or higher, such as 5’9″ person who weighs at least 203 pounds)
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Pending surgery
  • Pregnancy
  • Sleep anea
  • Stroke

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Enumerati

Half of Americans Say Midterm Results Won’t Help Economy

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Of Americans say that Democrats or Republicans in control of Congress won’t make much of a difference in improving the economy. That’s compared with 25 percent who believe the economy will improve if Republicans control Congress, and another 23 percent who believe it will improve if Democrats are in charge, according to an NBC/WSJ/Annenberg survey.

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113th Congress Has Taken Most and Most Expensive Junkets Ever

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Number of trips nonprofits have funded for lawmakers during this Congress, “including the most expensive such trip ever funded — a $49,635 trip to Australia for Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-NC) and his wife in February. That trip was paid for by Defence Teaming Centre Inc., an Australian defense industry nonprofit,” according to the Washington Post.

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Obama: Congress Isn’t Broken, the GOP is Broken

So when you hear a false equivalence that somehow, well, Congress is just broken, it’s not true. What’s broken right now is a Republican Party that repeatedly says no to proven, time-tested strategies to grow the economy, create more jobs, ensure fairness, open up opportunity to all people.

— President Obama, quoted by Greg Sargent.

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Congress’ Approval Rating Remains in the Basement

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Americans’ approval of Congress in April, inching down from 15% in March, and currently standing only four percentage points higher than the all-time low of 9% in November 2013, says Gallup. Congress’ job approval rating has ranged between 12% and 15% since December.

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Lawmaker Says Congress Is Underpaid

I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid. I understand that it’s widely felt that they underperform, but the fact is that this is the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world.

— Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA), quoted by Roll Call.

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How to Explain Congress to Children

There are 435 very special people who work there.

— Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT), quoted by the Stamford Times, explaining Congress to a group of children.