“Why are senators readily considering a bill they think is bad policy and won't pass?” Amy Gardner wondered. To answer that question, read Paul Kane’s Behind the Senate GOP’s high-stakes health-care gamble: unrelenting criticism back home in the Washington Post.
Insurers Have Come Out Swinging Against the New Republican Health Care Bill, Robert Pear writes at the New York Times. Or as Michael Tackett put it, “Health insurers a hard ‘no’ on Graham-Cassidy.”
Doctors Are Also Strongly Objecting to the Graham-Cassidy Health-Care Bill, James Hamblin wrote at The Atlantic. “It’s rare to see doctors agree on anything as strongly as they are on the need to defeat Graham-Cassidy,” Hambling added on Twitter.
The Kaiser Family Foundation put together a State-by-State Estimates of Changes in Federal Spending on Health Care Under the Graham-Cassidy Bill. “$160 billion over 6 years: the amount #GrahamCassidy would cut funding to states, with 35 + DC hit,” Kathleen Hayden tweeted.
For a surprise turn on this argument, Politico reports that Jimmy Kimmel, not Sen. Bill Cassidy, is right on health care, analysts say.
Meanwhile, Vox’s Dylan Scott explains that Republicans aren’t voting for Graham-Cassidy. They’re just voting for Obamacare repeal. “GOP lobbyist: ‘Apparently no one cares what the bill actually does.’” Scott added on Twitter.
And at the New York Times, Margot Sanger-Katz writes The G.O.P. Bill Forces States to Build Health Systems From Scratch. That’s Hard. On Twitter, she wrote: “Let's think about what would happen if Graham-Cassidy actually became law,” and, “No state has designed and built a comprehensive health care system in two years. This bill asks them all to do it.”
‘An evil place’
“This is America with Trump. An evil place,” Diane Roberts wrote about John Burnett’s NPR story: Border Patrol Arrests Near Safe Zones Worry Immigrant Advocates. NPR also tweeted: “Sanchezes' odyssey shows lengths to which Trump administration will go to round up people who are illegally in U.S.”
Trump is assembling the most male-dominated government in decades, Molly Redden found out at The Guardian.
In other Trump news, he also hired campaign workers instead of farm experts at the USDA. Deborah Blum clarified: “A cabana attendant, a long haul trucker…”
Potential Mueller honey pot
Today’s Robert Mueller investigation update is that he is now seeing White House Documents Related to Trump’s Actions as President including meeting with Russians, Michael Schmidt reported in the New York Times.
Axios’ Mike Allen says Another potential Mueller honey pot is Sean Spicer's notebooks.
But in asking about them, Allen got this reply from Spicer: "Mike, please stop texting/emailing me unsolicited anymore." LOL “So, Sean Spicer is acting very strangely,” Max Slater-Robins tweeted.
Despite Pleas, Oklahoma City Officer Fatally Shoots Deaf Man is a terrifying headline from Matthew Haag at the New York Times.
And Nestlé Makes Billions Bottling Water It Pays Nearly Nothing For, Caroline Winter wrote at Bloomberg. Eleanor Cummins added, “? Today, Bloomberg @business did a detailed acct of Nestlé's sordid history of acquiring water sources for bottling.”