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National Dems ask if Ileana Ros-Lehtinen supports new petition to repeal ACA

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No one knows when President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans will make another attempt at repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Some hard-line GOP lawmakers want to force a repeal-only bill back onto the floor, once again putting several House Republicans on the spot. On Friday, Alabama Republican Mo Brooks, part of the House Freedom Caucus, filed a full ACA repeal. However, Brooks says he must wait 30 days until he begins collecting signatures for a discharge petition, POLITICO reports. That’s compelling the…

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Charlie Crist to host health care telephone town hall meeting Tuesday

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Charlie Crist wants to hear from constituents about ways to improve health care in America The St. Petersburg Democrat is hosting a telephone town hall meeting on the subject Tuesday night. On Friday afternoon, Crist cheered the news that House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the vote on the American Health Care Act because there wasn’t enough support among Republicans. Crist called the decision a “win for the American people.” “It was a bad bill, plain and simple,” Crist said in a statement Friday. “It would…

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Ted Deutch now wants select committee to investigate Russia’s alleged ties with Donald Trump campaign

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Boca Raton Rep. Ted Deutch, the top Democrat on the House Ethics Committee, is now calling for an independent inquiry into alleged ties between Russia and Donald Trump‘s campaign. His comments come days after House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes broke protocol by going directly to the White House to tell Trump about intelligence reports that involved some of his associates, and not telling committee members first. That was followed Thursday by an Associated Press report that in 2005, Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort pitched a…

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Florida politicians react to failure of the GOP health bill

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As U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan was gathering his conference and then announcing the failure of the Republican health care plan, many Florida Democrats were swiftly calling for bipartisan work to improve the Affordable Care Act instead. Republicans who opposed the bill also responded swiftly, calling for a better bill to be crafted, and some even called for some bipartisan work but showed but showing no interest in using the Affordable Care Act as a starting point. But…

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Donald Trump blames Democrats for health bill’s failure

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The Latest on an effort in Congress to pass a health care bill (all times local): 4:30 p.m. President Donald Trump says his health care reform fell short because it lacked support from Democrats. Trump made his first comments about the failure of a signature legislative item Friday in the Oval Office a short time after a House vote on the bill was canceled. Trump told reporters “we were very close” and tried to blame Democrats, through Republicans control both…

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Paul Ryan says the nation will be ‘living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future’

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Speaker Paul Ryan says the nation will be ‘living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future’ In a humiliating setback, President Donald Trump and GOP leaders pulled their “Obamacare” repeal bill off the House floor Friday after it became clear the measure would fail badly. It was a stunning defeat for the new president after he had demanded House Republicans vote on the legislation Friday, threatening to leave “Obamacare” in place and move on to other issues if the vote failed.…

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Lawmakers say votes aren’t there for health care

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House Republican leaders were short of the votes needed for their health care overhaul bill hours ahead of a vote demanded by President Donald Trump. That’s the word Friday from GOP lawmakers and congressional aides as Speaker Paul Ryan met with the president at the White House to deliver the sobering news. Separately, Vice President Mike Pence was meeting near the Capitol with recalcitrant members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus in a last-ditch effort to secure support. Rep. Mark…

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