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Eager For A Victory, Trump Hypes Renewed GOP Health Plan; Lawmakers Remain Skeptical

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The deal, which is being hashed out between Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.) and Freedom Caucus leader Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), would let states seek waivers on preexisting conditions and to set their own list of essential health benefits. Republican congressional aides, however, are throwing cold water on the optimism coming out of the White House.

On Recess, Republicans Face Antagonistic Home Crowds Over Health Bill

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Rep. Joe Wilson, the South Carolina Republican who gained a measure of infamy after shouting “you lie” at President Barack Obama during a joint session of Congress in 2009, got the same treatment when he answered questions about health care. Other lawmakers were subjected to criticism, too.

Following ‘Replace’ Debacle, Vulnerable GOP Lawmakers Dodge Town Halls

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USA Today looks at which members are facing their constituents during recess — and there are only a few swing-district Republicans who supported the health bill doing so. Meanwhile, ads are being launched from both sides of the aisle over lawmakers’ health care stances.

The Health Law’s Unlikely Defenders: Republicans

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As Republican efforts to dismantle and replace the Affordable Care Act continue, some in the party are speaking out for provisions in the legislation, such as coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. Meanwhile, a left-leaning group will launch attack ads just in time for congressional recess, media outlets look at the ramifications of the GOP health plan and what’s next for the resistance movement that helped bring about the collapse of the Republicans’ bill.

Republicans Now Own Health Care — And All Its Political Ramifications

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Long used as a political weapon against Democrats, health care now stands to cast a shadow on Republican lawmakers’ 2018 campaigns. “We have the House, the Senate, the White House,” said David Winston, a GOP strategist who advises congressional leaders. “People are going to expect points on the board.” Meanwhile, House Speaker Paul Ryan’s approval ratings among staffers drops to its lowest point.

Majority of Americans Do Not Approve Of Republicans’ Health Plans

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A new poll found that of six changes the failed House GOP bill would have made to former President Barack Obama’s law, five drew more negative than positive reactions. A separate poll shows that Republican support of repeal plunged sharply as well.