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Paul Waldman

Republicans Resort to the Same Strategy They Always Use on Health Care: Lying

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Cheriss May/Sipa via AP Images Tom Price, Secretary of Health and Human Services, speaks at President Trump's press conference with members of the GOP, on the passage of legislation to roll back the Affordable Care Act, in the Rose Garden of the White Hous. A t some point in the last few days, key Republicans in the White House and Congress got together to figure out what their message would be on the health-care bill the Senate may pass this week. Perhaps the conversation happened in person, or on a conference call or over email—I don't know, but given the perfect harmony in which they were singing on the Sunday shows, there's no doubt it took place. And at the end of that discussion, a decision was made: The best way to defend the Senate bill is just to lie about it. And so they did. Here, for instance , is Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey on Face the Nation , claiming that "the Senate bill will codify and make permanent the Medicaid expansion" (a lie), and that "no one loses...

Medicaid Is the Future of American Health Insurance -- If It Can Survive the Next Two Weeks

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Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via AP Images Participants hold signs during the Senate Democrats' rally against Medicaid cuts in front of the U.S. Capitol. W hile liberals often say that their ultimate goal in health care is "Medicare for all," the current debate over the Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act should show us that if there's a path to a universal and secure health-care system, it may be more likely to come through Medicaid, which is now America's largest insurer. That is, if Medicaid can survive the next two weeks. Republicans in the Senate are hoping to vote before the July 4 congressional recess on their health-care plan, which they will do without holding a single public hearing or committee markup (where amendments are voted on). In fact, their terror that the public might actually get a look at their bill is so complete that most of the Republican senators haven't even been told what's in it. But one thing we do know is that it represents an outright assault...

Everybody Needs to Stop Telling Hillary Clinton to Shut Up

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AP Photo/Patrick Semansky Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at a fundraiser for the Elijah Cummings Youth Program in Israel in Baltimore, Monday, June 5, 2017. Y ou've seen the headlines, begging Joe Biden to just give it up and get out of our faces already. " Dems want Joe Biden to leave spotlight ," says The Hill . " Dear Joe Biden, please stop talking about 2016 ," says a USA Today columnist. " Joe Biden is back. Should Democrats be worried? " asks The New Republic . " Can Joe Biden please go quietly into the night? " asks a column in Vanity Fair . A Daily News columnist begins his missive with , "Hey, Joe Biden, shut the f--- up and go away already." Folks sure do hate that guy. And all he did was give a couple of commencement speeches and an interview or two. OK, you've probably guessed: Joe Biden wasn't the subject of all those headlines. In fact, when the former vice president has made noises suggesting he still yearns to sit in the Oval Office, reporters treat...