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Obama Fights for Health Law as GOP Vows Quick Repeal and More You Missed in Politics Today

by Countable | 1.4.17

It’s difficult to stay up-to-date on what’s happening in this country and to break through the clutter, so we’re here to make it easier. Here’s what we at Countable are reading today:

1. "Obama fights for health law as Republicans stand firm on vow to repeal"

"The bitter divide over the fate of the Affordable Care Act played out at the highest levels on Wednesday as President Obama urged Democrats on Capitol Hill to fight to maintain his signature domestic achievement while President-elect Donald J. Trump warned Republicans to let Mr. Obama’s imperiled program “fall of its own weight."

"By a vote of 51 to 48, the Senate decided on Wednesday to take a first step toward repealing the Affordable Care Act. Senators agreed to take up a budget resolution, or blueprint, that would clear the way for legislation repealing major provisions of the health care law. Senate debate on the budget measure is expected to continue for several days. The House is expected to take up a similar budget resolution next week."

Read more at The New York Times.

2. "Ryan bucks Trump, says Congress will not raise tariffs"

"Speaker Paul D. Ryan, in a break from President-elect Donald Trump, said Wednesday that Congress is not going to increase taxes on imports and exports. We’re not going to be raising tariffs," Ryan said on “The Hugh Hewitt Show.””

"Trump has called for a “big border tax" on companies that leave the United States but continue to sell their goods here. Ryan said “the secret” to getting businesses to stay in the country is to level the playing field on taxes, lowering taxes for businesses, not increasing them. ”

Read more at Roll Call.

3. "WikiLeaks' Assange: Russia didn't give us emails"

"WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has repeated his claim that the Russian government was not the source of hacked Democratic campaign emails his organization released before the US presidential election."”

"The Obama administration, citing US intelligence sources, has accused Russia of orchestrating the hacking of emails from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta in an attempt to influence the election's outcome. The administration says it is "100% certain" about Russian involvement, but President-elect Donald Trump has frequently cast doubt on the veracity of the claims."

Read more at CNN.

4. "Senate push for new Russia hacking probe fizzles"

"Mexican politician Gerardo Fernández Noroña walked into Trump Tower, sat down in front of the golden elevator bank and held up a sign showing a map of the United States labeled “Mexico in 1830."”

"Security officers appeared to convince him to move a short way away from the elevators before he sat back down again. New York City police officers quickly escorted him from the lobby.

Fernández Noroña tweeted about his incursion, saying roughly, "I'm very satisfied with today's protest. Only two of us did it, requiring no more than our determination and patriotism."”

Read more at the Washington Post.

5. "McConnell: Americans ‘will not tolerate' Dems blocking SCOTUS nom"

"Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) fired back at Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) for his vow that Democrats will fight to keep the Supreme Court vacancy open if President-elect Donald Trump selects a nominee from out of the mainstream. At a press conference Wednesday, McConnell mocked Schumer for expanding what Republicans labeled the "Biden rule'"-- referring to a 1992 speech given by then Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) discouraging the appointment of a Supreme Court nominee close to an election."

"Last year, McConnell led a Republican blockade against even considering Merrick Garland, President Obama's nominee to fill the late Justice Antonin Scalia's seat, securing the vacancy for Trump. "

Read more at Talking Points Memo.

— Erin Wright

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  • Stina
    01/04/2017
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    The American people need the ACA. It saves lives. Leave it alone. I'm sick to death of hearing anything intended to help the poor and middle class as "too expensive" but every time a bank or a corporation needs a handout it isn't even debated.

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  • Erin.Arizonansforchange
    01/04/2017
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    The ACA is a good start to improving healthcare, and while it may need some adjustments to work in the current insurance market, it has vital pieces that have saved American lives. Coverage for people with pre-existing conditions that the ACA provides, means coverage for those who would otherwise be ignored. The ACA deems it unlawful to charge women more than men for coverage and requires preventative services be given for free. Millions of Americans would lose coverage and suffer if the ACA were repealed.

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  • Albert
    01/05/2017
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    The GOP rich can afford their own healthcare, just like they can afford their own retirement, just like they can afford their own private education. Naturally, they are against anything that costs them money, or prevents them from personally profiting and exploiting. So whether it is Obamacare, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, Public Education, labor unions, minimum wage increases, Wall Street or EPA clean air/water standards, they will figure out a way to demonized them and get rid of them. Notice that this does not include anything related to military. Lots of money to be made off of the backs of soldiers. Just ask Halliburton.

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  • Terri
    01/05/2017
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    Obamacare is the only option for LOTS of Americans.... what is the alternative? Repealing is not a solution... I would love to hear a better idea, and if there is not one... please leave Obamacare alone until you have a better idea. Most civilized countries have some sort of healthcare coverage for their ppl. This is an organized way to get more people to pay into coverage that the American tax payers are ALREADY having to cover for people who do not have the means to pay for hospital visits. We are paying for it one way or another might as well get more individuals paying in upfront to alleviate the payments we are having to cover as a country anyways.

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  • Cindy.Frank
    01/04/2017
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    While not a perfect model the ACA nevertheless guarantees affordable heath insurance for millions of Americans not previously covered. Repeal should not be wholesale and viable replacements need to be offered for troublesome components.

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  • Debbie
    01/04/2017
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    The biggest issue I have seen is the affordability issue. The answer however is NOT to give insurance and pharmaceutical executives free rein with less restrictions. That would create a runaway train going over a cliff. Healthcare costs need reined in. Healthcare should not be a for-profit industry. People with loss of work cannot afford Cobra. Employers should provide coverage. People need Medicaid. Protections are needed for pre existing conditions. This must be done slowly and carefully and NOT cause harm. I do not believe execs need to make 10K/hr. And cheat people out of healthcare. The only true solution is universal healthcare like the Japan model.

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  • Jen
    01/05/2017
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    ACA is so important! Please vote to sustain and support ACA. Please do not go back to time when insurance companies could drop participants because of a pre existing condition, let's keep our young adults on their parents plans. Women's health screening and birth control coverage. Let's fix ACA not repeal, be responsible!!! Democrats have tried to tweak ACA, Republicans refused to help make this plan better. We see your partisan politics and we will hold you accountable!

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  • Mike
    01/05/2017
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    We need single payer health insurance. Medicare is far more efficient than private health insurance companies when it comes to getting dollars directly to care instead of redirecting those dollars to administrative, advertising and executive compensation costs.

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  • Bibi
    01/06/2017
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    The Affordable Care Act should not be repealed. Improve it! You cannot in good conscious take healthcare away from millions of citizens! Do your job and do the right thing.

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  • Lois
    01/05/2017
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    Please do not dismantle the Affordable Care Act. There is too much that is good that is part of this. Yes personally what I pay for my health insurance is crazy, BUT I can pay for it. Many people I know who are disabled could not afford health insurance before. Several had life saving operations after they got coverage through the ACA. I think it does need some revisions but it should be studied in a bipartisan manner and not hastily. You need to look at the effects of any change before it's done. Health care of US Citizens isn't a Republican or Democratic issue.

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  • Adam
    01/05/2017
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    The affordable care act is a fantastic base to continue to build upon for the American public. The law does have its flaws but lays a strong foundation. Rather than repeal Obamacare, congress should push for a public option, as originally proposed but was not included in the final passed law. Add a public bidding option.

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  • Beth
    01/05/2017
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    Please don't repeal my healthcare! I need it desperately!

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  • Boisebridges
    01/06/2017
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    Dismantling Obamacare without a proper replacement is equivalent to tearing a roof off of a house in the winter and hiring a contractor to replace it two years from now. The Republicans know they don't have "a better plan". Donald is dreaming if he believes that he can get rid of all the "bad parts" of Obamacare to come up with something better. This disaster will rest squarely on the Republicans. Voters will remember their friends and families dying due to lack of health care.

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  • Cameron
    01/05/2017
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    Repealing "Obamacare" is not a step in the right direction.

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  • Sophia
    01/05/2017
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    Please do not repeal this lifesaving legislation.

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  • Katherine
    01/05/2017
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    Please keep Obamacare!! I could never afford insurance before. Please help to change our government to value human life.

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  • JayinNC
    01/05/2017
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    The ACA saved my wife's life due to a preexisting condition. Tweak it but do NOT repeal it.

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  • Matt
    01/05/2017
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    You can not , for the sake of over 20 million Americans, remove their healthcare, they are even paying for it , not a freebee!

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  • Louise
    01/05/2017
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    Do not repeal the ACA. Work with each other to solve its issues.

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  • Markie
    01/05/2017
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    If you vote to repeal the affordable care act you had better damn well have something better to replace it with. Something that protects patients, and hospital staff alike.

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