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‘We can’t go backward,’ Obama warns on day of health care repeal vote

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With the Republican-controlled House of Representatives slated to pass a bill Wednesday night repealing the sweeping health care overhaul, President Barack Obama fired a warning shot to his adversaries.

“Today, the American people have greater health security than they did a year ago,” Obama said in a prepared statement. “Because of the Affordable Care Act, Americans no longer have to live in fear that insurance companies will drop or cap their coverage if they get sick, or that they’ll face double-digit premium increases with no accountability or recourse.”

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The president touted its other benefits, such as the small-business tax credits and the ability to stay on a parent’s insurance plan until 26, and invoked a report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget that said it will reduce the deficit by more than a trillion dollars over the next twenty years.

The CBO projected the GOP repeal measure will add roughly $230 billion to the deficit by 2021 and leave 54 million nonelderly Americans uninsured by 2019.

Republicans dubbed the reforms “job-killing” and “job-destroying”: a claim that was contradicted by The Associated Press and economists from two nonpartisan think tanks.

With a majority of 241-174 in the House, Republicans seemed poised to push the measure through, fulfilling a core part of their 2010 campaign platform. Even so, it was expected to be dead on arrival in the Democratic-led Senate, and if it somehow passed, Obama said he would issue a veto.

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Because of this, the White House said yesterday that it was not treating health care repeal as a “serious legislative effort.”

“So I’m willing and eager to work with both Democrats and Republicans to improve the Affordable Care Act,” Obama added. “But we can’t go backward. Americans deserve the freedom and security of knowing that insurance companies can’t deny, cap, or drop their coverage when they need it the most, while taking meaningful steps to curb runaway health care costs.”

With Republicans angling to shut down virtually all elements of President Obama’s agenda, any compromise on amending the measure was likely to be a fool’s errand for the president.

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Though full repeal seemed destined to fail, the GOP was enlisting states from across the nation to challenge the overhaul’s individual mandate in court, and could potentially block funds for the law’s implementation over the coming years.


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New documents reveal the military has paid Trump’s Scotland resort more than $180,000

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Under President Donald Trump, the U.S. military has spent more than $180,000 at the Trump Turnberry resort in Scotland while service members have been stopped at the Glasgow Prestwick airport, according to a Pentagon letter sent to the House Oversight Committee.

Politico first reported on and published the letter on Wednesday.

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Accused child molester Roy Moore defends Brett Kavanaugh: ‘I too was the object of false allegations’

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Accused child molester Roy Moore on Wednesday came to the defense of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who has been accused of sexual assault.

Moore's remarks came after The New York Times published accounts from a new book, which found that two of Kavanaugh's accusers were credible.

In a statement to the press, Moore defended Kavanaugh on Wednesday.

"I too was the subject of false allegations, but unlike Justice Kavanaugh and others who have suffered the ire of the left, I filed suit against my accusers and their conspirators," Moore said. "For over two years, I have not seen nor been able to question any of those who went on national television tol tell their false stories just 32 days before the election in December 2017, and ironically I have been sued for defamation for merely denying their false and malicious accusations."

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Trump says ‘many options’ on Iran response

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US President Donald Trump said Wednesday he has "many options" in addition to military strikes against Iran and that details of newly announced sanctions will come within 48 hours.

Asked by reporters about a possible US attack on Iran, Trump said "there are many options. There's the ultimate option and there are options a lot less than that."

He explained that by "ultimate option" he meant "war."

Trump said that the specifics of sanctions he announced earlier would be made public "over the next 48 hours."

US ally Saudi Arabia says Iran was behind a missile or drone attack setting ablaze major oil facilities last weekend.

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