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‘I’m Not Sure What Happens Next’: McConnell Asks For Patience With Congress Over Health Care

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says he doesn't know what the path forward looks like, but he thinks that "no action is probably not going to work."

Cincinnati Enquirer: McConnell Sees 'No Path Forward' For Health Care Plan
As McConnell spoke inside Hilton Cincinnati Airport in Florence, more than a dozen protesters holding signs on a sidewalk outside on Turfway Road urged improving the Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare rather than repealing it. [Duane] Froelicher, a Florence city councilman, pressed McConnell with a second question, asking if there are plans to reintroduce another health care bill. (Mayhew, 8/7)

Meanwhile, experts, community activists and pastors say African-American men are more likely than any other group to be left behind as Congress and the administration start rolling back the ACA —

USA Today: Churches, Community Groups Step Up To Address Black Health Disparities
In a small room down the hall in the Greater Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, about two dozen people listened one recent afternoon as Donald Solomon rattled off ailments ravaging African-American communities. “We’re a sick crowd … Whatever is wrong in the country, we have it worse. We need to get health into the church,” said Solomon, a founder of Congregations for Public Health and co-author of Body and Soul, a healthy living guide for church leaders. (Berry, 8/7)

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