New Proposal to Kill Obamacare Even Worse

The House "Freedom" Caucus, Republican leadership and more moderate Republicans have reached a tentative agreement on a new bill to kill Obamacare and replace it with a terrible plan that would still eliminate coverage for tens of millions of people and dramatically raise costs for those with preexisting conditions. … [Read more...]

Lord: Trump is the Martin Luther King of Health Care

There has to be some unannounced competition going on this week where the person who can say the single dumbest thing gets a $1 billion award or something. Jeffrey Lord's entry into the sweepstakes: "Donald Trump is the Martin Luther King of health care." … [Read more...]

Can Democrats Retake the House in 2018?

The 2018 midterm election is a long ways away, of course, but if the first couple months of the Trump administration are any sign, the Democrats may have a serious chance of retaking the House (and an even better chance of retaking the Senate). … [Read more...]

Alex Jones Lies About Health Too

While Alex Jones presents himself as a brave truth-teller exposing the lies of the mainstream, the truth is that he's a huckster peddling his own alternate universe full of lies. Julia Belluz documents how he does this to sell unverified "cures" for problems that only exist in his imagination. … [Read more...]

Effort to Revive Obamacare Replacement Bill Appears to Have Failed Again

It looks as though Mike Pence's efforts to make the Republican Obamacare replacement bill cruel enough to get the House "Freedom" Caucus to vote for it have failed, and now the extremists and the moderates are pointing fingers at one another to pin blame on one another. … [Read more...]

Can Obamacare Repeal Be Made Cruel Enough for ‘Freedom’ Caucus?

Trump has apparently reconsidered his position that the repeal of Obamacare is dead for now and that they're moving on to tax reform. Mike Pence has been negotiating with the House "Freedom" Caucus in an attempt to make the bill cruel enough that they might support it. … [Read more...]

Trump Declares War on Public Health

Donald Trump signed the executive order reversing the EPA's Clean Power Plan, which would have dramatically reduced emissions of air pollutants from power plants and other sources. Julia Belluz at Vox points out that this will have a very negative effect on public health. … [Read more...]

Trump’s Budget Reveals His Ebola Demagoguery

ThinkProgress goes back and digs up Donald Trump's ridiculous fear-mongering tweets from 2014 about how Ebola was going to kill us all and it was all Obama's fault and he should resign. So guess what his budget proposal does? Cuts funding to the agencies that fight against such outbreaks. … [Read more...]

Trump Names Anti-LGBT Bigot to Head HHS Civil Rights Office

And we have yet another example of Trump putting someone in a position running part of an agency when they are entirely opposed to actually doing that job. This time it's anti-LGBT bigot Roger Severino to run the Civil Rights Office at the Department of Health and Human Services. … [Read more...]

Franklin Graham Suddenly Discovers Obstructionism in DC

The terminally ridiculous Franklin Graham has made a magical discovery that there is obstructionism in Congress. Funny thing is that what he now claims is obstructionism by Democrats actually isn't, but he was thrilled with real obstructionism by Republicans for the last eight years. … [Read more...]

The Cultivated Myth of Obamacare’s ‘Death Spiral’

Republicans have carefully and systematically created a myth that Obamacare is in a "death spiral" and is going to "implode" or "explode," forcing everyone to realize the need to get rid of it. PolitiFact debunks this...oh hell, let's call it what it is, a lie. … [Read more...]

Dear GOP: Win the Vote, Then Make the Ads

Okay, this is highly amusing. The House Republicans failed to pass their Obamacare replacement bill, but a conservative PAC had already made ads telling people to thank their Republican legislator for doing so, then forgot to cancel them so a bunch of them actually went on the air. … [Read more...]