From the daily archives: Tuesday, November 29, 2016

For millions of Americans, President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of U.S. Rep. Tom Price, R-Georgia, as Secretary of Health and Human Services represents the worst kind of news: A completely uncertain and volatile medical future.

Price, an orthopedic surgeon from the suburbs of Atlanta, has been a leading opponent of President Barack Obama’s signature Affordable Care Act, peddling his replacement proposal – the Empowering Patients First Act – in recent budgets.

And what is the Empowering Patients First Act? A hodgepodge of warmed-over Republican “free market” leftovers that will hurt millions of people in the interest of insurance companies’ bottom lines. This […]

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It’s a very, very important question for Democrats going forward, now that Republicans are in firm control in the nation’s capital, having won a national magic trick of historic proportions with Donald Trump’s surprise victory over Hillary Clinton. Since President Obama was first elected in 2008, Democrats have lost 63 House seats, 10 Senate seats and 14 governorships.

In Ohio, where Trump beat Clinton by 8.7 percentage points, resulting in a reversal of about 11 points from 2012 when President Barack Obama won Ohio again by 3 percent, one of Ohio’s four remaining Democratic congressman out of 16 […]

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