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Scott Walker’s health plan: Repeal Obamacare, replace it with tax credits

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Republican Scott Walker on Tuesday unveiled a new healthcare proposal that, like those floated by other conservative presidential candidates, calls for repealing Obamacare, which the Wisconsin governor wants to replace with tax credits and other changes.

In an outline of the plan released on his website, Walker said he would give greater control over health care to U.S. states by allowing consumers to buy health insurance across state lines and overhauling Medicaid, the federal-state health insurance program for the poor.

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Walker also said he would offer incentives for states to curb what he called “excessive litigation” that hampers the practice of medicine and loosen restrictions on health savings accounts.

He is set to unveil his plan in a speech in Minnesota later on Tuesday.

“On my first day as president, I will send legislation to the Congress that will repeal Obamacare entirely and replace it in a way that puts patients and their families back in charge of their health care – not the federal government,” Walker said in excerpts from the speech released late on Monday.

Republicans have long vowed to repeal President Barack Obama’s 2010 healthcare overhaul, commonly known as Obamacare. While most of the 17 Republican presidential candidates have echoed that pledge, few have offered detailed alternative plans.

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, who is also vying to be the Republican presidential nominee in the November 2016 general election, previously called for changes to the U.S. healthcare system.

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In an opinion piece on Politico late on Monday, Rubio also called for tax credits for Americans who buy health insurance on their own, allowing people to buy coverage across state lines, and overhauling insurance regulations.

“Instead of relying on an outdated, big-government approach, I will utilize modern, consumer-centered reforms that lower costs, embrace innovation in healthcare and actually increase choices and improve quality of care,” he wrote.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal last year laid out a set of healthcare policy ideas aimed at offering a Republican alternative to the 2010 law by allowing people to buy insurance in other states and offering tax deductions to offset the cost of health insurance.

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Trump’s next 100 days will dictate whether he can be re-elected or not — here’s why

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According to CNN pollster-in-residence Harry Enten, Donald Trump's next 100 days -- which could include an impeachment trial in the Senate -- will hold the key to whether he will remain president in 2020.

As Eten explains in a column for CNN, "His [Trump's] approval rating has been consistently low during his first term. Yet his supporters could always point out that approval ratings before an election year have not historically been correlated with reelection success. But by mid-March of an election year, approval ratings, though, become more predictive. Presidents with low approval ratings in mid-March of an election year tend to lose, while those with strong approval ratings tend to win in blowouts and those with middling approval ratings usually win by small margins."

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After Trump: No free pass for Republicans — they own this nightmare

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With the impeachment inquiry leveling up this month as public hearings begin, and with an election that might actually be the end of Donald Trump now less than a year away, the campaign to let Trump's Republican allies — even the most villainous offenders — move on and pretend this never happened is already underway.

This article first appeared in Salon.

Sadly, the clearest articulation of the let-bygones-be-bygones mentality has come from a Democrat — unsurprisingly, former Vice President Joe Biden.Biden, who is still, somehow, the frontrunner in Democratic primary polling, spoke at a chi-chi fundraiser on Wednesday, and dropped this pearl of wisdom: "With Donald Trump out of the way, you’re going to see a number of my Republican colleagues have an epiphany."

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As climate crisis-fueled fires rage, fears grow of an ‘uninhabitable’ California

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As activist Bill McKibben put it, "We've simply got to slow down the climate crisis."

With wildfires raging across California on Wednesday—and with portions of the state living under an unprecedented "Extreme Red Flag Warning" issued by the National Weather Service due to the severe conditions—some climate experts are openly wondering if this kind of harrowing "new normal" brought on by the climate crisis could make vast regions of the country entirely uninhabitable.

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