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Republicans are screwed on healthcare — regardless of what the courts decide this week

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Tuesday, President Donald Trump and 18 states will head to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit to try their hand at unmaking the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, reported the Washington Post.

Trump has spent the better part of the last year claiming that he and the GOP are the true supporters of healthcare and that if they had been able to repeal Obamacare, they would have created a far better law. The president announced in his recent reelection launch that the GOP is firmly behind the call to preserve coverage for those with pre-existing conditions.

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Trump and the GOP are counting on the fact that Americans will forget Republicans just spent the last ten years trying to attack Democrats for Obamacare and working to repeal it over 80 times.

Then there are the conspiracy theories the right-wing created. Republicans were also known for persisting the rumor that passing Obamacare would prompt “Death Panels,” which would decide who would kill the elderly. The law was just about telling people to make sure they had their advanced directives and paperwork in order as they age. Another claim was that passing Obamacare meant everyone would be forced to have a microchip implanted. Republicans said that people would lose their health insurance, lose their jobs, and every horror story in between.

Now, Trump wants to fight Democrats on healthcare, claiming that the Republican Party has the best plan and they can solve everything. The problem is that the chickens come home to roost on Tuesday at the 5th Circuit.

The ACA has gone to court several times and survived most attempts to bring it down. But Tuesday there is no win for Republicans.

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If the 5th Circuit strikes down the law, they have two problems: First, they will be outed for trying to kill healthcare for millions and pre-existing coverage for the country. Second, the GOP will be forced to find the replacement they campaigned on but never exactly developed. If they lose on Tuesday, they choose whether to continue fighting the law in what will become a very public Supreme Court battle, or admit defeat.

“Rehashing the issue that perhaps most largely cost us the House doesn’t make a lot of sense as a political tactic,” said a former House Republican leadership aide in a conversation with the Washington Post. During the 2018 elections, Democrats campaigned in unison on healthcare and won overwhelmingly as Republicans struggled to explain their decades-long position against it.

“Even just bringing back the issue would benefit Democrats significantly, [giving] them all kinds of arguments about the president taking insurance away,” said the aide. Trump “is really playing with fire.”

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Read the full piece at The Washington Post.


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RNC chairwoman raked over the coals for accusing others of nepotism — despite being Mitt Romney’s niece

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Ronna Romney McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Republican National Committee and the niece of Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) thinks that the Democrats have a problem with nepotism.

Reacting to the recently aired ABC News interview with Hunter Biden, in which the former vice president's son admitted that his family name had opened doors for him that might have otherwise been closed, McDaniel accused the Bidens of engaging in "obvious nepotism."

"Hunter Biden got $50K a month from a Ukrainian energy company, despite having ZERO experience in energy," she wrote. "His justification? That he was also on the board of Amtrak – more obvious nepotism. If that’s not the swamp, I don’t know what is!"

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Giuliani fires back at Bolton after leaked deposition roils the White House

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Over the summer, former national security advisor John Bolton fiercely opposed efforts by Rudy Giuliani and others in the White House to pressure Ukraine to dig up information on Donald Trump's political rival Joe Biden and his son.

Bolton said he didn't want to be part of the "drug deal" White House Chief-of-Staff Mick Mulvany and E.U. Ambassador Gordon Sondland were cooking up in Ukraine. He also referred to Giuliani as "a hand grenade who’s going to blow everybody up.” The reports emerged from a leaked deposition by Fiona Hill, the president’s former advisor for Russian and Eurasian affairs.

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Trump’s attempt to unskew impeachment polls just hilariously backfired

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President Donald Trump for the past week has frantically tried to convince his supporters that support for his impeachment is still low -- despite the fact that multiple reputable pollsters have found support for impeaching the president has increased dramatically.

According to the polling average as calculated by FiveThirtyEight, an estimated 50.3 percent of Americans now support impeachment, while 43.8 percent oppose impeachment. This is a stark contrast from just one month ago when support for impeachment was at only 40 percent, while opposition was at 51 percent.

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