From the daily archives: Tuesday, September 26, 2017

In order to make the Trump Administration’s claims that the Affordable Care Act is failing a reality, the president continues to sabotage the program in every way possible.

These efforts were successful in Ohio this week, as the state’s Association of Foodbanks was forced to shutter its navigator program because of a 71 percent budget cut from the Trump Administration.

From the Associated Press:

Officials say they are shutting down a service that helps Ohio residents enroll in Medicaid.

The Plain Dealer reports the Ohio Association of Foodbanks decided to shut down its Navigator program last Thursday […]

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News broke Monday, via Twitter, that U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, has announced she’s voting no on Graham-Cassidy, the latest Frankenstein bill to repeal and replace Obamacare that Republicans are trying pass before the federal fiscal year ends on Sept. 30.

When the sun rises on Oct. 1, the first day of the next fiscal year in Washington, reconciliation rules that only required a simple majority to pass a spending bill will have expired, forcing Republicans to corral 60 votes instead of just 50.

After the Congressional Budget Office confirmed that “millions” would lose […]

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Ohio U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan each slammed the Graham-Cassidy “health care” proposal for the damage it would do to state’s fighting the country’s rampaging opioid epidemic.

Ohio leads the nation in opioid overdoses and is particularly vulnerable to any legislation that rips away resources for addiction treatment.

With U.S. Sens. John McCain, R-Arizona, Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, saying they will vote no on the proposal, it appears U.S. Senate Republicans don’t have the 50 votes to push the bill to Vice President Mike Pence for a tie-breaker.

Nevertheless, anything could happen and […]

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