“Sen. Barrasso got testy with Katy Tur when she asked him to assure his Wyoming constituents that they wouldn’t lose their health insurance under Graham-Cassidy.
Essential health benefits are important because they cover things like emergency services, prescription drugs, rehabilitation, mental health care, lab tests, maternity care, and preventive medicine. If you are a person with diabetes, or someone who has been diagnosed with cancer, or maybe you or your child have a heart problem, Sen. Barrasso is saying that you should not have a health insurance plan that will provide the essential benefits that would keep you or your loved ones alive.” MORE
“Repeal of the Affordable Care Act is back on the agenda, with Republicans suddenly talking about passing a bill that, until recently, few people in either party had taken all that seriously.
The prospects for the new legislation passing are murky. The proposal has generated a ton of conversation in political and health policy circles in just the past week, with multiple outlets reporting that leadership is now thinking about floor action before Sept. 30. That’s the magic date when, because of parliamentary rules, Republicans lose their ability to pass repeal with just 50 votes. But much of the chatter is hype from supporters and it’s hard to know just how difficult assembling a majority will be.” MORE
“Hurricane Harvey is injecting even more uncertainty into a September filled with unpredictable funding fights in Congress.
GOP leaders had tentatively laid plans to pair a popular disaster relief package with a tough vote to raise the debt ceiling and keep the government open at month’s end. But their strategy is already running into headwinds, as the damage from the storm appears far too large for Congress to wait weeks to act.” MORE
In a remarkable news conference in the lobby of Trump Tower, President Donald Trump blamed the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, Saturday on both sides of the conflict, equating the white supremacists on one side with the “alt-left” on the other side.
“I think there is blame on both sides,” he said.
“What about the alt-left that came charging at, as you say, the alt-right, do they have any semblance of guilt?” Trump said. “What about the fact they came charging with clubs in hands, swinging clubs, do they have any problem, I think they do.”
He added: “You had a group on one side that was bad and you had a group on the other side that was also very violent. nobody wants to say it, but I will say it right now.”
Trump defended his 48-hour delay in denouncing white supremacists, arguing that he took his time because he didn’t know the facts.