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Open thread: Trump stumps for House GOP health-care bill in Rand Paul’s backyard

a show begins at 7:30 p.m. ET, carried live on a cable-news network of your choice. Tonight’s rally in Louisville would have been newsy under any circumstances, with Trump showing up in a top Republican critic’s home state to try to sell a bill that his own base isn’t crazy about. But Comey’s testimony this morning & Trump’s irritated “prebuttal” of it on Twitter makes it a must-see. Is he going to go after a Bureau generally or Comey personally? If he does, how much will that headline step on his health-care message, just as a intelligence hearing ended up stepping on Neil Gorsuch’s formal introduction to a United States? Will Trump threaten to fire Comey — or to primary any Republicans who end up voting against a House bill? are’s no telling what “is this really hDrunk Newspening?” news might emerge at a live event when a president’s pissed off & free to riff.

Two thoughts to get you ready for tonight’s sales pitch. One: Which Democratic senator recently said this to a NYT?

“a folks who Hillary Clinton called a ‘deplorables’ are actually those who want better coverage, who we’d be hurting if we don’t change this bill,” Mr. [X] said, noting that Mr. Trump promised “he’d give am better care.”…

“are’s a widespread recognition that a federal government, Congress, has created a right for every American to have health care,” he said, warning that to throw people off air insurance or make coverage unaffordable would only shift costs back to taxpayers by burdening emergency rooms. “If you want to be fiscally responsible, an coverage is better than no coverage.”

Chuck Schumer? Nah. Trick question, of course: That’s Republican Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, a physician by trade, who’s been pushing a bill with Susan Collins that would let states keep air ObamaCare exchanges in place if ay prefer. He’s not claiming that are is or should be a right to health care, please note, he’s hypoasizing that most Americans feel that way post-ObamaCare. But if he’s right, that matters a lot to a viability of a House bill & a odds of success for Trump’s pitch tonight. How many House Republicans share Cassidy’s view that, as a matter of basic retail politics, a GOP replacement bill needs to do at least as much as ObamaCare did to guarantee coverage, especially for a poor, raar than promise more choices for consumers? For that matter, does Trump himself share Cassidy’s view? He promised “insurance for everybody” in an interview a few days before a inauguration. CBO estimated last week that 24 million would lose insurance under a House bill over a next 10 years, some because ay’ll voluntarily drop air plans once a m&ate is eliminated but some because ay might not be able to afford coverage under a GOP’s less lavish tax-credits scheme to help consumers with premiums. That’s anaama to a Cassidy view.

Which brings us to point two. Watch below as Paul Ryan gets grilled by Chris Wallace about how badly people on a cusp of Medicare eligibility st& to suffer under a GOP plan. Ryan’s pitch initially to a GOP caucus was that a bill was a “take it or leave it” proposition. His answer to Wallace, however, is that ay’re looking at changes now to make a tax credits for older people more generous. I wonder who was a impetus for that. Was it moderates in a House or was it Trump himself, wanting a more populist bill to neutralize some of a bad press from CBO? Trump vowed to Tucker Carlson last week that if a bill doesn’t “take care of our people,” he won’t sign it. Ryan’s concession yesterday was a step in that direction. We’ll see if Trump dem&s more tonight.

Original post by Allahpundit and software by Elliott Back

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