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New GOP Obamacare-Repeal Bill Just Hit a Major Snag

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Senate Republicans are trying to revive the effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. This time with the Graham-Cassidy proposal and they are rushing to pass it.

But the sudden Republican push to undo ObamaCare was dealt a major blow on Tuesday when a bipartisan group of governors came out against a proposal, The Washington Post reports.

The collective criticism from 10 governors comes as Vice President Pence and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tried to rally support for the bill, which is sponsored by GOP Sens. Bill Cassidy (La.), Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.), Dean Heller (Nev.) and Ron Johnson (Wis.).

“We ask you not to consider the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson amendment and renew support for bipartisan efforts to make health care more available and affordable for all Americans,” the governors said in their letter.

They added that they prefer a bipartisan push to stabilize the insurance marketplaces that Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) have been negotiating.

But it was unclear whether the governor’s move would ultimately derail the attempt, as key Republican senators including Lisa Murkowski of Alaska said they had yet to make up their minds.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) attacked the Graham-Cassidy proposal saying “it hurts people in every state.” Schumer said he’s confident no Democrat will vote for the legislation because “millions will lose coverage.”

WaPo reports that Democrats have been working furiously in the past 24 hours to advance talks between Alexander and Murray on a deal to immediately stabilize insurance marketplaces with federal subsidies. The negotiations rapidly escalated after weeks of slow but consistent talks after it became clear that Senate GOP leaders were serious about holding a health-care vote before the end of the month.

Sen. Alexander said Tuesday that he was working with Sen. Murray toward a compromise that would extend federal cost-sharing payments for subsidies in exchange for some reforms to the way states are able to implement the ACA. But those talks were stymied last week after a group of 15 Democrats, led by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) introduced a “Medicare for all” plan to extend federal benefits to all Americans.

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GOP Group’s Stunning New Ad Rips Trump Over Russian Bounties: ‘You’re Either A Coward Or You’re Complicit’

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The Lincoln Project, An anti-Trump Republican Super Pac, released two knock-out anti-Trump ads taking aim at the President’s betrayal of American troops and his racism.

In the video, titled “Betrayed,” former U.S Navy SEAL Dr. Dan Barkhuff unloads on Trump, calling out his cowardice and failure to stand up to Putin.

Barkhuff looks directly at the camera while saying, “We need to send this draft dodger back to his golf courses. The lives of our troops depend on it.” The ad blew up on Twitter getting shared thousands and thousands of times.

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