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Bernie Sanders calls study projecting trillion dollar costs for universal healthcare 'grossly misleading'

Bernie Sanders calls study projecting trillion dollar costs for universal healthcare 'grossly misleading'“This grossly misleading and biased report is the Koch brothers response to the growing support in our country for a ‘Medicare for all’ program,” the veteran Vermont senator said. The Mercatus Center at George Mason University published the study earlier this week with projections on Mr Sanders’ single-payer health care program that guarantees health care coverage to all Americans. “Doubling all currently projected federal individual and corporate income tax collections would be insufficient to finance the added federal costs of the plan,” the study read in part.



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GOP Tax Plan Could Mean Higher Healthcare Costs for Middle Class

GOP Tax Plan Could Mean Higher Healthcare Costs for Middle ClassThe Republican tax proposal would strike a decades-old deduction claimed by nearly nine million households — many of them elderly — paying high medical bills last year.



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Healthcare Mandate or Not, Blunt Says Tax Bill Will 'Pass the Senate'

Healthcare Mandate or Not, Blunt Says Tax Bill Will 'Pass the Senate'In an exclusive interview with Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri (R), Andrea Mitchell asks about the odds that the Senate will pass the tax bill, now that healthcare has been added to the discussion.



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Trump pressures U.S. senators to back Republican healthcare bill

Trump pressures U.S. senators to back Republican healthcare billU.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday blasted Senator John McCain for dealing a possibly fatal blow to the latest Republican attempt to dismantle Obamacare.



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Interior Department watchdog to investigate threat to Alaska senator on healthcare

Interior Department watchdog to investigate threat to Alaska senator on healthcareThe Interior Department’s inspector general said it would investigate a reported threat by the agency’s head, Ryan Zinke, against Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski’s state of Alaska last week over her opposition to her party’s efforts to repeal Obamacare. Zinke called Murkowski and Alaska’s other U.S. senator, Republican Dan Sullivan, on July 26, the day after Murkowski’s crucial vote against a motion to begin debate on the healthcare overhaul, the Alaska Dispatch News reported.



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Twitter became (hilarious) John McCain body language experts before the healthcare vote

Twitter became (hilarious) John McCain body language experts before the healthcare voteAh, the ol' "will he/won't he [leave millions uninsured]." Before the late-night failure of the "Skinny repeal" of Obamacare on July 27, political Twitter, desperate for signs of how the close vote would go, became borderline obsessive about watching Senator John McCain's body language on
C-SPAN. Since McCain's vote was unknown (rather than give a hint, he told
Politico to "watch the show" before heading into the chamber), the fate of millions of peoples' healthcare became a nail-biter season finale on a bad show.  SEE ALSO: Actually Jeff Bezos, I'm the world's wealthiest man if you count how rich I am in love and also my drug empire Journalists and regular viewers became McCain body language experts, watching the Republican Senator's every move, smile, blink, and nose scratch. All I can say right now is Chuck Schumer and John McCain had a conversation and Schumer left smiling. — Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) July 28, 2017 I don't know what to make of this but McCain's body language is not that of someone wanting this to pass. But this is just speculation. — Paul McLeod (@pdmcleod) July 28, 2017 John McCain just applauded for Chuck Schumer's floor speech calling for senators to vote against skinny repeal, so there's that. — Haley Byrd (@byrdinator) July 28, 2017 Chalk it up to the drawn-out vote, late-night delirium and the absurdity of hundreds of thousands of people being forced to stay up and speculate about whether their representatives will vote to drastically change their lives twice a week, but body language tweets soon became very weird and very, very funny. wow mccain just blew a kiss at schumer who caught it & put it in his pocket to save for later?? mcconnell is spinning in circles shrieking!! — Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) July 28, 2017 I'm bad at this body language stuff — what does it mean that all the senators and staffers are lying motionless on the floor? — Jesse Singal (@jessesingal) July 28, 2017 Schumer just lifted McCain up over his head while "I Had the Time of my Life" blared over the Senate PA system. Is this a good sign? — Troostwornall (@TroostWornall) July 28, 2017 John McCain vulgar gesticulation at Schumer. Twerking. Senators crying, vomiting — Ed Zitron (@edzitron) July 28, 2017 The hopeful reading of body language around McCain on the floor combined with the cynicism of twitter is creating weather. — Jon Lovett (@jonlovett) July 28, 2017 Lotta y'all ain't been reading this much body language since prom night — Sam Sanders (@samsanders) July 28, 2017 A raven just appeared and alighted on McCain's headMcCain didn't reactLooks like McConnell mouthed "Get that raven outta here"HMMM t.co/RTaRObfzY6 — Jesse Singal (@jessesingal) July 28, 2017 huge ups to people going in on reading john mccain's body language on the senate floor. tomorrow you can come over and read my dog's mind — Nicole Silverberg (@nsilverberg) July 28, 2017 It's hard to read too much into body language, but McCain's back looks limber and he's tying his hair back in a ponytail. — Lew Morton (@LewMorton) July 28, 2017 Now McCain and Schumer doing the OA movements at each other. What does it mean? — Jon Lovett (@jonlovett) July 28, 2017 Nihilistic, delirious Twitter is the best Twitter in 2017.



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Sen. John McCain just contradicted his own healthcare vote in a speech

Sen. John McCain just contradicted his own healthcare vote in a speechJuly, 25, 2017: Mark it down as one of the strangest days of John McCain's entire, lengthy time in the Senate.  The senator flew to Washington, D.C., on Tuesday — days after being diagnosed with brain cancer — just in time to cast a vote that, moments later, he appeared to ridicule in a speech on the Senate floor.  SEE ALSO: A complete thesaurus of tough guy words Republicans use to criticize Trump instead of taking action McCain's vote helped Senate Republicans pass a motion to proceed to debating a possible bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (known as Obamacare). Senate Republicans, by and large, don't know what's in the bill, because the Republican leadership hasn't told anybody. McCain voted in favor of the motion to proceed despite being aware of this, but then decried the secrecy he endorsed in a speech moments later.  "I know many of you will have to see the bill changed substantially for you to support it. We tried to do this by coming up with a proposal behind closed doors, in consultation with the administration, then springing it on skeptical members, trying to convince them that it's better than nothing," McCain said, speaking with a gash over his left eye, the result of a recent surgery to remove a blood clot. "I don't think that's gonna work in the end, and probably shouldn't." Many observers noticed the contradiction between the senator's vote and his speech. McCain, after voting to proceed with unprecedentedly secretive process, is giving a general speech decrying a decline in Senate procedure. — Daniel Dale (@ddale8) July 25, 2017 John McCain's speech would be like a parent giving you a speech about not smoking while chain smoking a pack of cigarettes — Emily C. Singer (@CahnEmily) July 25, 2017 I wish McCain had given himself that speech ten minutes ago — Clint Smith (@ClintSmithIII) July 25, 2017 McCain is giving a truly extraordinary speech. It only matters if his actions match it. — Jon Lovett (@jonlovett) July 25, 2017 This McCain speech would have a little more oomph if he had taken his own advice and voted against poor congressional procedure. — Matt Fuller (@MEPFuller) July 25, 2017 It's safe to say many eyes will be on McCain if and when the actual repeal comes to a vote. WATCH: Bizarre moments from Sean Spicer's short stint at the White House



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After healthcare failure, Republicans face similar divisions on tax reform

After healthcare failure, Republicans face similar divisions on tax reformBy David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans in Congress unveiled a fiscal 2018 budget plan as a first step to major U.S. tax reform on Tuesday, only to face the same divisions between conservatives and moderates that helped killed their efforts to replace Obamacare. The $ 4 trillion spending blueprint, released by the House of Representatives budget committee, could become a new flashpoint for Republican in-fighting because it links future tax cuts for businesses and individuals with $ 203 billion in mandatory spending cuts that would reduce benefits for the poor. The Republican push to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, widely known as Obamacare, collapsed in the Senate late on Monday after a tug-of-war between party moderates who wanted to preserve healthcare benefits for lower-income Americans and conservatives who wanted to scale them back.



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Senate delays healthcare vote as McCain recovers from surgery

Senate delays healthcare vote as McCain recovers from surgeryBy David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate will delay its consideration of healthcare legislation while Arizona Republican Senator John McCain recuperates from surgery, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Saturday. McCain’s absence cast doubt on whether the Senate would be able to pass the legislation to dismantle and replace Obamacare.



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Senate delays healthcare vote as McCain recovers from surgery

Senate delays healthcare vote as McCain recovers from surgeryBy David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate will delay its consideration of healthcare legislation while Arizona Republican Senator John McCain recuperates from surgery, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Saturday. McCain’s absence cast doubt on whether the Senate would be able to pass the legislation to dismantle and replace Obamacare.



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