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  1. CHIP Extension Dangerously Delayed Past Expiration DateWhat should have been a no-brainer is getting complicated and dangerous for the 9 million kids and pregnant women covered by CHIP.
  2. Will GOP Let Alaska Keep Obamacare If Its Senator Votes to Kill It Nationally?Republicans are again throwing money at Alaska to get Lisa Murkowski’s vote on a health-care bill. But this time, they may offer more than money.
  3. How Republicans Are Trying to Pass the Buck on Health CareThe Graham-Cassidy bill would reverse a long trend toward equality in health-care coverage and force hellish decisions on the states.
  4. 5 Years Later, States That Rejected Medicaid Expansion May Get Their RewardNineteen states rejected the ACA’s Medicaid expansion, mostly out of sheer ideological stubbornness. Graham-Cassidy rewards them with more money.
  5. GOP House Members From New York Won’t Happily Vote for Graham-Cassidy BillIf Graham-Cassidy clears the Senate, House Republicans will be forced into a take-it-or-leave-it situation, and some may really want to leave it.
  6. The Latest GOP Health-Care Scheme Fulfills an Old Conservative DreamFor eons, the GOP has talked about giving states control of Medicaid with reduced — or even eliminated — federal funding. The hour may have arrived.
  7. Republicans Are Going to Take From the Poor to Give to the RichSpending cuts provide an alternative way to “pay for” GOP tax cuts. And it’s far more likely than attacks on sacred cows in the tax code.
  8. LePage Insists Medicaid Is ‘Welfare’With Maine voters having a chance to expand Medicaid over Paul LePage’s objections, he wants the ballot to call the venerable program “welfare.”
  9. Democrats’ New Health-Care Plan: Medicaid for All (Who Want It)Hawaii senator Brian Schatz is preparing a bill that would allow all Americans to buy into Medicaid, regardless of their income level.
  10. The GOP’s Latest Health-Care GambitThis last-gasp effort at a GOP-only bill mostly gives states the flexibility to cut health-care services, while threatening insurance-market chaos.
  11. What If McCain Had Said ‘Yes’ to the ‘Skinny Repeal’?If the climactic vote on the “skinny repeal” had gone the other way, the result would have probably been the same: GOP failure, with much time lost.
  12. Is Kasich Preparing a Primary Challenge to Trump in 2020?Kasich has never bent the knee to Trump. But viable primary challengers to sitting presidents come from the fever swamps, not the sensible center.
  13. Another Day, Another Scary CBO Score of Another Trumpcare BillThe latest version of Trumpcare would cost 22 million people health coverage, just like its predecessor, but McConnell has some room to maneuver.
  14. Despite Trump’s Demands, No Miraculous Health-Care Breakthrough for GOP SenatorsThe president seems to think more time and effort will overcome the divisions among Senate Republicans on health care. So far, no signs he’s right.
  15. Did the ‘Kodiak Kickback’ Buy Lisa Murkowski’s Vote for Trumpcare?No state has gotten more special treatment from the Senate (and the administration) than Murkowski’s Alaska. If it’s not enough, Trumpcare’s dead.
  16. After Trumpcare, Republicans Will Have to Tackle an Even Bigger MessYes, the health-care debacle has stalled budget and tax bills, but Republicans are nowhere close to agreement on the broad outlines of a fiscal plan.
  17. Mark Penn Mischaracterizes the 1996 Clinton-Gore CampaignAn op-ed co-authored by Clinton strategist Mark Penn tells Democrats to emulate a 1996 strategy the actual candidates did not pursue.
  18. CBO: Medicaid Cuts Will Snowball Down the Road Under Senate Health-Care BillThe design of the Senate health-care bill is to slowly introduce Medicaid cuts that will grow much larger as time goes by.
  19. Trump Doesn’t Know What a Medicaid Cut IsLike Newt Gingrich back in the 1990s, Trump is claiming increased Medicaid funding means the program is not being “cut.” That’s, at best, ignorance.
  20. GOP Senators Begin to Question Health-Care Bill’s Tax Cuts for the RichThe repeal of the taxes on the wealthy that were enacted with Obamacare is under attack by Senate Republicans. That is a bad sign for Mitch McConnell.
  21. California’s Single-Payer Bill Halted by Democratic Assembly SpeakerCiting two big procedural bars to enactment of a single-payer plan, Speaker Anthony Rendon stopped action on it, inviting attacks from proponents.
  22. McConnell Has $188 Billion Fund to Save Health-Care Bill. How Will He Spend It?Here’s how the enticements to wavering GOP senators might be doled out.
  23. GOP To Follow Trumpcare With Bill That Cuts Medicaid to Slash Taxes On RichHouse leadership hopes to cut anti-poverty programs, Medicare, and Medicaid (again) in their 2018 budget.
  24. CBO Score of Senate Health Bill Is Grim — But Gives McConnell Wiggle RoomOn one hand: 22 million people losing coverage. On the other: extra deficit savings to fund sweeteners.
  25. Another GOP Senator Comes Out As ‘No’ on Health-Care Bill, Imperiling ProspectsDean Heller of Nevada said he could not support legislation as written. Now things get dicey for Mitch McConnell.
  26. Senate Bill Includes ‘Buffalo Bribe,’ Shifting County Medicaid Costs to New YorkInclusion of this House deal in the Senate bill shows McConnell playing the long game. But it could encourage shakedowns by fence-sitting senators.
  27. Why the GOP’s Senate Health-Care Bill Won’t Be Getting Much NicerWhile McConnell might make some accommodations to moderates, these key areas are non-negotiable.
  28. 4 Senate Conservatives Are Worried Trumpcare Isn’t Mean EnoughMitch McConnell’s bill would throw millions of poor people off of Medicaid. Rand Paul say it’s too generous for him to support.
  29. How the Senate Might Do Even More Damage to MedicaidThe upper chamber is reportedly eyeing an approach to cutting the program that could be more draconian than what passed the House.
  30. Nevada Is Considering a Revolutionary Health-Care ExperimentGet ready for “Medicaid for all.”
  31. GOP Lawmaker: No One Can Truly Know Whether My Bill Will Kill PeopleThe CBO says Trumpcare will price out poor sick people. MacArthur says CBO experts are “not prophets,” and the effects of his bill are unknowable.
  32. The Biggest Outrage of Trumpcare Continues to Be the Massive Medicaid CutsThis reality should be at the center of the debate over CBO’s “score” of the GOP health bill.
  33. The Trump Budget Is Really Just a Cynical PloyThe draconian spending cuts will never pass Congress. But Trump is preparing excuses in advance for when GOP tax cuts balloon the deficit.
  34. Senate GOP Moderates Won’t Save Medicaid As We Know ItThey don’t seem interested in preventing a change that would forever eliminate the program as a federal entitlement.
  35. Forget About the House Trumpcare Debate — the Senate’s a Whole Different WorldWhile House passage of Trumpcare was essential for GOP plans, Senate concerns and procedures will make the next stage of the debate very different.
  36. House Passes Controversial GOP Health-Care Bill by an EyelashThere was no room for error, but a comeback led by Fred Upton enabled House Republicans to enact Trumpcare as Democrats sang “Good-bye!”
  37. How Much Damage Will Trumpcare Do in Blue States?There is some flexibility for states to pick and choose in the new bill. But also a lot of measures that will affect everyone.
  38. Don’t Assume That the Senate Will Bury Zombie TrumpcareThe House really could pass it. There are scenarios where the upper chamber could too.
  39. Trump Vows to Perpetuate a Health Crisis Affecting Millions of U.S. CitizensTrump promises not to let Democrats “bail out Puerto Rico with your tax dollars.” (Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens who supply “tax dollars.”)
  40. Moderate House GOP Leader Says No to Zombie TrumpcareCongressman Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania is a key player in Trump’s renewed health-care push. He’s having none of the new plan.
  41. Zombie Trumpcare Lurches Unsteadily OnwardThere are no indications the new bill will pass the House, much less the Senate. Yet Trump continues the push.
  42. Conservative Governors Still Not Ready to Accept Free Medicaid MoneySome observers hoped the crash of Trumpcare would convince 19 holdout states to expand Medicaid. No such luck.
  43. What’s Next for the GOP on Health Care? Apparently Nothing at AllThe collapse of Trumpcare could be the GOP version of Clintoncare: something none of them will hurry to repeat.
  44. Death of Trumpcare Would Leave Some Hungry Legislative OrphansAHCA was more than an Obamacare repealer. It also included provisions on taxes, Planned Parenthood, and Medicaid that GOP will still need to pursue.
  45. Shakedown Artists Are Taking Over Republican Health-Care BillNow that the House leadership has cut a deal with upstate New Yorkers to produce local tax cuts, there’s no end to the demands senators will make.
  46. 4 GOP Governors Attack Trumpcare (From the Left)But the bill is moving forward — and to the right.
  47. How Trumpcare Would Affect Medicaid and Why That’s Dividing RepublicansTrying to placate GOP-governed states that expanded Medicaid while shedding federal responsibility for indigent health care has been hard to do.
  48. GOP Governors Find the American Health Care Act Pretty Heavy-handedNo flexibility for them. And they aren’t happy about it.
  49. Trump Already Wavering on TrumpcareAs GOP leaders try to whip the AHCA through the House unchanged, Trump is negotiating with conservatives in a way that could destroy Senate support.
  50. Chaffetz: GOP Bill Will Let Americans Choose Between Health Care and iPhonesOne GOP lawmaker boasts that health care will be affordable under the House’s new bill — so long as low-income people stop buying iPhones.
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