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Dems to GOP: Don’t like government health care? Then drop yours

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Congressional Democratic and liberal groups are issuing a simple ultimatum to their Republican colleagues: If you dislike government-run health insurance so much, prove it and decline the coverage provided to you.

“Put up or sit down,” said Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY) to Republicans, who promise to repeal the sweeping health care law enacted in March. The congressman has introduced a bill to repeal the measure’s most popular components, such as the ban on denying coverage for pre-existing illnesses.

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“This will be the big chance for Republicans to do what they’ve vowed to do,” Ackerman said, according to Mike Lillis of The Hill. “These bills will be their chance to at long last restore liberty and repeal the evil monster they’ve dubbed ‘Obamacare.’ ”

Another New York Democrat, Joseph Crowley, on Tuesday sent a letter to Republican leaders challenging them to “walk the walk” if they intend to “deny millions of Americans affordable health care.”

“You cannot enroll in the very kind of coverage that you want for yourselves, and then turn around and deny it to Americans who don’t happen to be Members of Congress,” the letter read.

Soon-to-be Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) refused to take up the offer, arguing that he’s entitled to embrace government-run insurance while denying the effort by Democrats to expand coverage to ordinary Americans.

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“Boehner, like Speaker Pelosi, Sen. Reid and tens of millions of Americans, receives health coverage through his employer,” Boehner’s spokesman Michael Steel said. “That has nothing to do with ObamaCare, which will wreck Americans’ health care and bankrupt our country.”

The Democratic-aligned union American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees and liberal group Americans United For Change have backed these efforts, Lillis reported.

A new Public Policy Polling survey finds that 53 percent of the public agrees that members of Congress against the Affordable Care Act should decline government insurance.

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The effort by Democrats and advocacy groups hint that liberals are willing to challenge Republican plans to scrap the Affordable Care Act in the next Congress. With this ultimatum, Democrats may have found a winning messaging strategy on health care, something they’ve lacked since the beginning of the debate last year.


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Mike Pence credits president for ‘ceasefire’ solution to situation Trump created

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Vice President Mike Pence delivered a five-day ceasefire with Turkey after President Donald Trump agreed to pull out American troops so Turkey could bomb the Kurdish people.

Thousands of people have been displaced, thousands have been killed or wounded as a result of Turkey's bombing campaign.

The United States was forced to bomb our own military base to prevent ISIS, Syria and Russian troops to have access to American military information and equipment. The Turkish bombing began so quickly that the American military couldn't conduct a withdrawal the proper way. American soldiers were also fired on so heavily that they almost fired back in self-defense.

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Turkey quickly undermines Trump as he boasts about his deal-making: ‘This is not a ceasefire’

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According to Turkey, President Donald Trump's so-called ceasefire in Syria isn't actually a ceasefire.

"Turkish FM Çavu?o?lu just now: 'We will suspend the Peace Spring operation for 120 hours for the PKK/YPG to withdraw. This is not a ceasefire,'" tweeted Turkey correspondent for The Economist.

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According to Vice President Mike Pence, the ceasefire will take place for just five days. It's unclear what will happen after those five days are up.

CNN's Matt Hoye noted the Turkish foreign minister's comments came around the same time that Trump was praising the deal.

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House Democrats: It’s time to include Trump’s shady Turkey deal in the impeachment inquiry

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Even by Donald Trump's basement-level standards, there's something bizarre about the president's behavior in deciding to allow a Turkish invasion of Syria aimed at pushing the Kurdish population out of the area — a move that is, for all intents and purposes, an act of ethnic cleansing. Less than two weeks ago, Trump, apparently spontaneously, acceded to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdo?an's request that the U.S. pull a small number of troops out of the area to clear the way for what swiftly turned into a slaughter. Since then, Trump's attempts to justify this betrayal — not just of the Kurds, but of basic human decency — have been alarmingly erratic, well beyond his existing baseline of constant, impulsive dramatics.

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