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Facing Barrage Of Furious Town Hall Questions, GOP Lawmakers Have Few Answers

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“If I could give you an answer today, I would, but I can’t,” Wisconsin Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner said in the latest example of Republicans having to dodge questions about the future of the Affordable Care Act. Meanwhile, the myth of death panels makes a return, and one prominent lawmaker says these town hall protests won’t alter the future of repeal.

Republicans Detest The Individual Mandate, But Other Options Aren’t Any More Palatable

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Most health care economists believe lawmakers will be hard-pressed to come up with an effective and politically tolerable alternative to what has become the symbolic heart of the health law. “Carrots are expensive,” says Paul Van de Water, a senior fellow at the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. “Sticks are unpopular.” Meanwhile, Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., reiterates that the plan to dismantle and replace the Affordable Care Act will be completed this year.

Majority Of Americans Extremely Worried That Repeal Will Cost Many Health Coverage

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A new poll shows that, though Americans are still divided over what the future of the health law should be, the majority of them are concerned about how the Republicans’ plans for repeal will affect coverage. Meanwhile other outlets offer a look at what repeal could mean across the country and in different industries.

GOP Lawmakers Expect Retreat With Trump Will Provide Clearer Picture On Health Law

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House and Senate Republicans head to Philadelphia on Wednesday to meet with the president. Although they caution that no one should be waiting for a comprehensive bill to come from the conference, they hope to get a better sense of where the administration stands. Meanwhile, House committees are starting to schedule hearings on repeal and replace, an outside group launches a $2.6 million ad campaign against the health law, and The New York Times offers a closer look at Republican senators’ plans to let states keep the parts of the Affordable Care Act that they like.