Healthcare horror show: CBO dissects GOP plan

‘It will end in a beautiful picture.’ Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

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1. Coverage would plummet – CBO

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released a devastating report on the Republican healthcare bill, saying the plan would eject 24 million people from health insurance rolls by 2026, compared with the status quo.

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‘You get it if you want it. That’s freedom.’ Photograph: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

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2. Huge blow to low-income recipients

The CBO report found that the Republican plan, expected to come up for a House vote next week, would lead to a reduction of $880bn in federal outlays for Medicaid. Federal deficits were projected to shrink, however.

This will only hurt a lot. Photograph: Michael Conroy/AP

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3. Helping the richest

For many lower-income people, the new tax credits under the legislation would tend to be smaller than the premium tax credits under current law … Conversely, the tax credits under the legislation would tend to be larger than current-law premium tax credits for many people with higher income.

– from the CBO report

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Worse than expected

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4. Our civilization, their babies

Steve King, a Republican congressman who was one of Donald Trump’s earliest and most vocal supporters, tweeted and then stood by white nationalist rhetoric. King’s tweet praised the Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders.

Steve King in 2014. Photograph: Charlie Neibergall/AP

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'Somebody else's babies'

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Summary

“Of course I meant exactly what I said, which is always the case,” King said Monday on CNN. House speaker Paul Ryan issued a weak critique, saying through a spokesperson: “The speaker clearly disagrees ...”

Trump’s season of fear

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What does Trump think?

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5. Kushner family may see $400m Chinese payday

A company owned by the family of Jared Kushner, a top Trump adviser, is positioned to receive $400m from a Chinese company as part of an investment in a Manhattan office tower.

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The family of the guy on the right is looking at major Chinese dough. Photograph: Mathieson Sr/Rex/Shutterstock

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6. The microwaves are watching

There was an article this week that talked about how you can surveil someone through their phones, through their – certainly through their television sets, any number of different ways, and microwaves that turn into cameras, et cetera. So we know that that is just a fact of modern life.

– Trump aide Kellyanne Conway, in reply to a question about Trump’s unfounded claim that he was wiretapped on Obama’s orders

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I’m not Inspector Gadget

I’m not Inspector Gadget. I don’t believe people are using the microwave to spy on the Trump campaign.

– Kellyanne Conway, a day later

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Joking?

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Joking?

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