Watch Ted Koppell Tell Sean Hannity to His Face He’s Bad for America

There are few in the media who have shamelessly shilled for Donald Trump more than Sean Hannity. His very existence as a member of the “news media” is a disservice to the American people and veteran journalist Ted Koppell told him so to Hannity’s smug face.

Just watch. It’s glorious.

Yes, Sean, you are bad for America.

“You have attracted people who are determined that ideology is more important than facts,” Koppell said.

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Lo & Behold: A Replica of the Successful 2015 Obamacare Repeal Is Languishing in Committee

In 2015, Congress passed Obamacare repeal. Now, a replica bill has sat unaddressed in committee since March 8th and there’s a path to getting it to a floor vote quickly.

The Trump spin mill has been in overdrive since House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the abysmal first attempt of the new administration and Congress at the promised “repeal and replacement” of Obamacare.

The Trump administration and the media sold the American Health Care Act as the last best hope for repealing Obamacare, which is a complete joke. The idea that Republicans in the House and Senate, who have largely run on Obamacare repeal in the last seven years, would suddenly give up because a bad bill didn’t pass is absurd.

Since the AHCA was presented and recognized for the dud it was, there has been an incredulity that after seven years of doggedly campaigning against Obamacare, Republicans weren’t unified and ready with a bill to repeal it.

So, now what?

That’s what many in the Republican caucus and outside interest groups are asking following Friday’s events.

Many have astutely pointed out that Congress passed a repeal bill in 2015, so why aren’t they simply doing the same now?

Alas, unknown to many, a replica of the 2015 bill was introduced by Rep. Jim Jordan (R – Ohio) on March 8th, just two days after the disastrous AHCA.

Rep. Jordan, a member of the much derided House Freedom Caucus, reiterated the familiar words of many Republican candidates across the country just before introducing H.R. 1436:

“Our goal is real simple: Bring down the cost of insurance for working families and middle-class families across this country. In an effort to do that we think you have to get rid of Obamacare completely. So tomorrow I will introduce a bill that every single Republican voted on just 15 months ago – the bill that actually repeals Obamacare. Our plan has always been repeal in one piece of legislation and replace in the other.

That’s right. The bill Rep. Jordan introduced earlier this month is a replica of the 2015 bill that passed in the House and Senate less than two years ago.

The bill has been languishing in committee ever since. However, there is one way it could move to consideration on the floor should an ambitious representative choose to take it on.

After a bill has been in committee for a certain period of time, a discharge petition can be circulated, which is privileged, to bring a bill out of committee and to the floor. But it must have a majority of the House. After the AHCA debacle that may seem unlikely, but consider the fact that this bill already passed in the last Congress. Repeal is the one thing a majority ostensibly agree upon.

There have been and will be endless autopsies over what went wrong with the AHCA, but one could insist that Republicans first post-Trump foray into Obamacare repeal didn’t have to go down the way it did.

Conservatives and the House Freedom Caucus took early blame for the AHCA’s passage or failure, even though moderates and the Tuesday Group became august denouncers of the bill as negotiations progressed. However, the HFC was asking for nothing less than what had passed in 2015.

“Conservatives expect nothing less than congressional Republicans to live up to their promises,” Jason Pye of FreedomWorks told RedState. “They passed this bill in the 114th Congress. Why can’t they do it now? This is the one aspect of this we all agree on, and it’s certainly a better option than the half-baked bill that leadership rolled out that didn’t really repeal ObamaCare.”

“But what about after repeal,” one might ask. “[H.R. 1436] gives us two years to work on a replacement that is grounded in real patient-centered, free market principles,” Pye stated.

What a sensible and prudent, but apparently novel, idea.

Rushing a replacement to Obamacare is asking for failure, as we saw with the AHCA. Pushing the bill through committee before the Congressional Budget Office gave it a score and having GOP leadership married to the bill already was poor planning, to say the least.

A clean repeal is what Republicans have been promising the American people for seven years. A clean repeal bill is sitting in committee, ready to go through the same process it breezed through in 2015 but in which the AHCA failed. As has been said before here, should Republicans fail to adequately reduce the cost of health care and increase access by repealing — and replacing to a degree — Obamacare, they will be seen as the biggest scammers in American politics for a generation.

The 2015 repeal bill is there, let’s pass it.

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BREAKING: Republican Leadership Pulls Obamacare Replacement; No Vote

The moderates and conservatives in the House Republican caucus, along with Democratic members, proved to be too much for the American Health Care Act on Friday. House leadership postponed the expected vote Friday afternoon as it became clear they did not have the necessary votes.

CNN and The Washington Post are reporting it was pulled at the request of the president.

 

 

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Here Are The Changes to the AHCA That Will Be in Tomorrow’s Vote

The American Health Care Act (AHCA) will be voted on as early as 10 a.m. E.T. Friday morning.

The much-contested bill has undergone some changes in an effort to garner support from the House Freedom Caucus, while the moderate Tuesday Group has been increasingly backing away.

Here are the changes to the bill that will be a part of the AHCA tomorrow morning:

Page 1. The first two amendments delay repeal of the Additional Medicare Tax Increase to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2022, and make a conforming change to the underlying text.

Page 1-3. Adds maternity coverage and newborn care to the use of funds for the Patient and State Stability Fund. Provides clarification that mental health and substance use disorder services within the fund includes inpatient and outpatient clinical care for treatment of addiction and mental illness; and early identification and intervention for children and young adults with serious mental illness.

Appropriates an additional $15 billion to the Patient and State Stability Fund solely devoted to States for maternity coverage and newborn care, and mental health and substance use disorders.

Page 3. This addition requires states to determine essential health benefits, beginning in 2018, for purposes of the premium tax credit.

The maternity and mental health aspects of the ACHA have been troubling to many. The politics of women’s health and the fact that medical professionals consider the country’s opioid epidemic the worst public health crisis in U.S. history are key motivators. This issue has been a non-starter if not protected for moderate Republicans.

The essential health benefits mandate that causes health insurance plan premiums to unnecessarily increase has been a major sticking point for House conservatives.

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A Weary Speaker Ryan Comments Amid Health Care Fight

Speaker Paul Ryan (R – Wisc.) spoke to the camera shortly as he left the meeting with the full Republican conference on Thursday night.

A tired and solemn looking Ryan reiterated that Republicans were committed to making health care affordable for all Americans and that they would vote on the American Health Care Act on Friday.

Ryan would not answer whether or not they have the votes needed to pass the AHCA.

 

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Discord Within The Discord: Moderate GOP and Freedom Caucus Not Working Together On AHCA

The leader of the House’s group of moderate Republicans, The Tuesday Group, says they aren’t playing ball in the Republican leadership’s negotiations with the conservative House Freedom Caucus.

Rep. Charlie Dent (R – Penn.) was “on the fence” about the bill as late as Tuesday, but has since decided he cannot support the bill.

Moderates, critical to passing the AHCA, slipped away from the bill on Thursday, throwing the question of whether the American Health Care Act would pass or not if a vote was held as planned.

The White House has sent every major player that doesn’t bear the name Trump to Capitol Hill Thursday night. Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon met with House leadership and others earlier in the evening, while Kellyanne Conway arrived for the meeting with the full Republican conference.

Thankfully, the AHCA seems to be on the brink of failing. Trump and Ryan’s crew are working hard to cobble together the numbers to pass the AHCA.

Conservative members of the House and Senate have called for completely scrapping the AHCA and starting over.

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BREAKING: AHCA Vote Postponed

CNN and other outlets are reporting now that there will be no vote tonight on the AHCA.

President Trump and Speaker Ryan couldn’t allow the bill to not pass, and it wasn’t going to. Today’s date was an arbitrary one, simply selected as the day to vote. No deadlines have been passed. But there will be no vote today. Negotiations continue?

As Speaker Ryan postponed the vote on Capitol Hill, President Trump told a group of truck drivers he was meeting with that he couldn’t meet with them for too long because he had to go “get votes.” And joked that if he spent too long in the meeting the AHCA might not pass by one vote and then he’d have to blame the truckers.

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Uh-oh. GOP Centrists Jumping Ship on Obamacare Repeal Bill

The House Freedom Caucus is at the White House meeting with President Trump on trying to negotiate a palatable health care bill. But the conservatives aren’t the only votes Trump and Speaker Ryan need to worry about it seems.

Republican centrists are defecting and coming out in opposition to the American Health Care Act.

From The Hill:

Centrist defections in the last 24 hours include Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), the co-chairman of the moderate Tuesday Group, which has roughly 50 members.

Reps. Dan Donovan (R-N.Y.), David Young (R-Iowa), Chris Smith (R-N.J.), Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.), and Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.), all centrists, have also announced their opposition to the bill.

Reps. Leonard Lance (R-N.J.) and John Katko (R-N.Y.), two other centrists, earlier announced their opposition.

That brings the number of centrist no votes to at least eight, though there could be more.

Not good. Trump and Ryan need all the votes they can get if they have any hope of passing the American Health Care Act tonight or in the coming days.

Centrists are concerned over the number of their constituents who will lose health coverage under the AHCA. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R – NJ) went so far as to say the bill is worse than Obamacare. “Simply put, this bill does not meet the standards of what was promised; it is not as good as or better than what we currently have.”

Ouch.

If Trump, Ryan and supporters of the AHCA are able to cobble together the votes to pass the healthcare bill everybody hates, it will be a serious coup and a much needed legislative win for Trump.

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WATCH: Mary Katherine Ham Schools Chris Cuomo On Obamacare

The Federalist’s Mary Katharine Ham was having none of Chris Cuomo’s nonsense over Obamacare and “essential health benefit” insurance requirements that have driven up premiums in recent years.

Watch:

Ham points to the requirement in Obamacare that forces all insurance plans to cover events like pregnancy, even if you’re a man, and pediatric dentistry, even if you don’t have children. Changing these types of issues is what Republicans are hoping to do with the replacement of Obamacare in the coming days.

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Watch the Hilarious Moment Where Gorsuch Won Ben Sasse Five Bucks

Everyone’s experienced a verbal conflation of words when we have two in mind. That’s exactly what happened to Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, during a response to Sen. Ben Sasse. The exchange was priceless.

Watch:

Big and boldly does equal “bigly.”

Congrats to Sen. Sasse on winning the fortuitous $5 bet.

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