Mitch McConnell

How Mitch McConnell Kicks Obamacare Repeal Down The Road

Look no further than Senate Republicans’ Better Care Reconciliation Act to see how Mitch McConnell has abandoned his idea to repeal Obamacare “root and branch” as he has said repeatedly for more than four years.<p>The Republican Senate Majority leader is going back on his promise and the GOP’s to …

Health Care

The Senate’s three big lies about health care

To succeed in gutting health coverage for millions of Americans, Senate Republican leaders need to get a series of lies accepted as truth. Journalists and other neutral arbiters must resist the temptation to report these lies as just a point of view. A lie is a lie.<p>Lie One: <i>Democrats and</i> …

Health Care

The Kabuki Theater of the AHCA

Normally, a bill this unpopular wouldn’t stand a chance. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s health-care bill seems designed to let reluctant senators amend it, and claim victory.<p>The United States has never had a Senate leader as ruthless, as willing to bend, distort and break the rules, …

Politics

Sen. Johnson: No quick Senate vote on Obamacare overhaul

One of the Republican senators initially opposing legislation to overhaul Obamacare said he does not want a quick vote on the bill.<p>Sen. Ron Johnson, speaking Sunday on NBC’s "Meet the Press," said “I’m not a ‘yes,’ yet” on the bill unveiled last week by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Johnson is …

Politics

U.S. healthcare will get worse without Obamacare. California needs to chart its own course.

<b>To the editor:</b> I’m a doctor, and I’m sick and tired. (“Senate Obamacare repeal bill would slash federal healthcare funding for Medicaid,” June 22)<p>Over the last six years, I have taught a course at the David Geffen UCLA School of Medicine. During one of the modules of the course, the students …

Karen Handel

Senate Republicans face key week as more lawmakers waver in support for health-care bill

Senate Republicans are facing down an increasingly daunting challenge to secure the votes necessary to pass legislation to dramatically change President Barack Obama’s signature health-care law, and several senators said they would like more time to debate and tweak the plan as GOP leaders push for …

U.S. Congress

McConnell's week of reckoning

Josh Holmes, Mitch McConnell's former chief of staff, has this analogy for his former boss's week ahead: "It really is a 747 landing on a suburban …

Politics

Will Mitch McConnell have enough votes to pass Senate health care bill?

Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd tells Sunday TODAY’s Willie Geist that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will attempt to pass the GOP health care bill by “trying to make a political argument rather than make policy changes.” Todd also weighs in on new reports that reveal the Obama …

Republicans

Trump: Democrats’ ‘resist’ strategy is terrible for Americans

President Trump decried Democrats’ strategy of “obstruction” for not working with Republicans to reach a deal to repeal and replace ObamaCare.<p>“It …

Elections

The Twin Authoritarians Who Are Endangering American Democracy

Ever since Donald Trump launched his presidential campaign in 2015, critics worried about his authoritarian tendencies. He’s done much to justify …

Liberal POV

Ernst polls supporters on Obamacare repeal plan

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), who has not yet taken a position on Senate Republicans’ ObamaCare repeal and replace plan, is polling her constituents to …

Elections

Trump says hostility has stymied bipartisanship

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is bemoaning what he calls “the level of hostility” that he says has stymied bipartisanship in Washington.While …

Chuck Schumer

McConnell Still Plans Health Care Vote This Week

Playbook: “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is going to have to cajole and lean on moderate and conservative senators to find enough votes. …

Health Care

The Memo: GOP pushes Trump to curb Mueller attacks

President Trump risks squandering the momentum he has gained from some good news in the last week, according to both Republican strategists and …

Donald Trump

Pro-Trump group launches ads against special prosecutor in Russia probe

Here's our look at the Trump administration and the rest of Washington<p><b>Trump</b> supporters attack independence of <b>Robert S. Mueller III</b> in new ads• <b><br>Vice President Pence</b> dropped in on the <b>Koch</b> brothers conference in Colorado<br>• Trump suggests the special counsel and his Russia probe team are conflicted by their …

Koch Brothers

All of Mitch McConnell's Awful Positions on Women's Rights

The Senate majority leader might pretend to care about women, but his record shows otherwise.<p>When Mitch McConnell ran for reelection in 2014, the senator from Kentucky released an ad in which his wife, Elaine Chao, defended McConnell's record on women's rights.<p>Funny thing: It was a deceptive ad. It …

Women's Rights

Trump was right — the Senate health care bill really is mean

For better or worse, Senate Democrats seem to have settled on a single word to describe the health care bill that their Republican colleagues unveiled Thursday: “Meaner.” As in: You know how Donald Trump called the House GOP’s health care bill “mean”? This one—the Better Care Reconciliation Act—is …

Health Care

New poll shows majority of Americans are unaware Trumpcare slashes Medicaid

Just 38 percent of people polled knew the Republican health care bill makes major cuts to Medicaid.<p>As Senate Republicans aim to force a vote on their …

Health Care

The week in politics

<b>(CNN) —</b> Take a look at the week in politics from June 18 through June 24.<p>Special counsel Robert Mueller leaves after a closed meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday at the Capitol in Washington, DC. Prior to the meeting, committee leaders reached an agreement about the …

Photojournalism

LUPICA: Mitch McConnell and crew are swamp Trump said he'd drain

For all of Donald Trump's talk about draining the swamp in Washington, D.C., now comes this swamp thing of a health care bill from Sen. Mitch …

Health Care

GOP Health Care Math Doesn’t Add Up

John Cassidy: “After Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, released a draft of the Senate health-care bill, on Thursday morning, the media …

Health Care

Trump leaving McConnell to handle Senate bill on health care

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's bull-in-a-china-shop approach to the presidency hasn't helped him notch significant victories on Capitol Hill over his first five months in office. The nuts and bolts of legislation and the maddening, unpredictable ways and rhythms of Congress can seem foreign to …

Health Care

Opioid crisis threatens GOP ObamaCare repeal

Fears that cuts to Medicaid could exacerbate a national opioid epidemic that took more lives last year than the Vietnam War have emerged as a huge …

ObamaCare

Senate Bill To Replace Obamacare Could Be In Jeopardy

<b>WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBSNewYork)</b> — It’s crunch time in the nation’s capital as the Senate bill to replace Obamacare appears to be in jeopardy.<p>More …

ObamaCare

Disability rights activists protesting the US Senate health care bill explain what’s at stake

The US Senate could vote as soon as this coming week on its controversial healthcare reform bill, which cuts taxes for the rich, and reduces benefits for the poor, elderly, and disabled. The next few days in Washington, and around the country, are likely to be marked with protests, rallies, and …

Health Care

Why Disability Rights Activists Stormed Mitch McConnell's Office

ADAPT, a national disability rights organization, organized a protest to fight back on the health care bill<p>As Senate Republicans rolled out the …

Disability Rights

The health bill might pass because Trump has launched the era of Nothing Matters politics

When in doubt, lie and distract.<p>The health care bill unveiled by Senate Republicans Thursday morning should, by the standards of the normal laws of politics, have approximately a snowball’s chance in hell of passing.<p>One well-known fact of American politics is that it is extremely hard, in general, …

ObamaCare

Protester: Mitch McConnell Thinks Disabled Americans Are 'Better Off Dead'

Police arrested 43 people with disabilities at McConnell's office yesterday. Here are some of their stories.<p>The blood on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s hands may be metaphorical, but the blood spilled on the marble floor outside his office on Thursday morning was very, very real.<p>The …

Republicans

Morning Bits

Just another con. “More than 600 employees at a Carrier plant in Indianapolis are bracing for layoffs beginning next month, despite being told by President Trump that nearly all the jobs at the plant had been saved. The deal, announced with great fanfare before Trump took office, was billed not …

Health Care

The Risk of Rushing Through Legislation

New Hampshire Republicans almost legally authorized pregnant women to commit murder last week, providing a cautionary tale for their colleagues in Congress.<p>After weeks of secret drafting and backroom negotiations, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unveiled Senate Republicans’ health-care bill on …

Health Care