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House GOP discusses Obamacare replacement ideas but doesnt call them a plan

By Mike DeBonis and Kelsey Snell, Washington Post - February 16

House Republicans left a highly anticipated meeting on health care Thursday morning with some new details on the options GOP leaders are considering to replace the Affordable Care Act but without the fully formed plan that those leaders and President Trump have promised.

The meeting in the Capitol basement included presentations from leaders of key House committees and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, and it was intended to give lawmakers more details ahead of a week-long recess where many of them will be meeting constituents eager for details on what will replace the health care law they have pledged to repeal.

According to numerous members and aides in the room, the House leaders laid out elements of a replacement plan — mostly long-standing GOP reform concepts like health savings accounts, tax credits and state high-risk pools for the chronically sick — but did not detail how those elements would fit together or get passed into law.

“It’s sort of a smorgasbord right now,” said Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.).
- more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/house-gop-discusses-obamacare-replacement-ideas--but-doesnt-call-them-a-plan/2017/02/16/340aa49e-f442-11e6-b9c9-e83fce42fb61_story.html

This quote from the article sums it up for me: “There’s no consensus. We had two minutes to discuss it.” - Raul Labrador (R-Idaho)

The recess constituent meetings should be lively, if these "representatives" aren't too chicken to show up.

Don't you just love it?

All hail Maru Kitteh, the first poster I saw use it. I was using a still from this, and she recently suggested I use the link to the full animation, which I gladly did.

Remove the hyphens from this link and you'll see it.

Here it is in all its glory, full size:

Whatever genius put this together deserves our thanks! It may have been created by imgur user goodlordabove, who posted it there with the title "God Finally Smites Trump With Lightning" on Feb. 4, 2016.

A big IF

... Some Sanders haters on this board love to point to this quote and say "Bernie says he'd be delighted to work with Trump!11!1! Traitor!!!"

They conveniently ignore the HUGE "If" in his statement. Bernie knows Trump isn't serious about helping American workers, so this statement is somewhat like saying, "If President Trump wants to reject calls to privatize Social Security, I'm all for it." Or "If President Trump intends to hold bankers and Wall Street investment firms responsible for the damage they've done to the American economy, I'd be delighted to work with him on that." Or "If President Trump is serious about protecting the rights of all immigrants who've completed this country's existing arduous vetting process, I'd be delighted to help him achieve that aim."

Also see http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/23/politics/sanders-says-he-would-work-with-trump-for-new-trade-policy-cnntv/index.html:
"It's one thing to kill the TPP ... it's another thing to develop a trade policy that finally works for American workers and not the CEOs of large multinational corporations," said Sanders, an independent who represents Vermont, speaking on "AC360." "[font size="18"]If[/font] Mr. Trump is serious about moving in that direction I'd be delighted to work with him."

The "delighted to work with Trump" quote, taken out of context, has become a cudgel for lazy Bernie bashers who can't bring themselves to quit fighting the 2016 Democratic presidential primaries. I find that sickening but all too predictable.
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