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Lessons From ‘Health Care Hell’: Lawmaker Who Battled It Out In 2010 Offers Insights On Current Debate

Former Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) says lawmakers are too focused on politics over policy.

The Hill: Looking Back On ‘Healthcare Hell’
Bart Stupak didn’t seek out the role he played in the fight over ObamaCare more than seven years ago, but he has no regrets over how it all played out. Stupak, a Democrat who opposes abortion and represented Michigan’s 1st Congressional District for 18 years, became a thorn in his party’s side over demands in the debate on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) against funding for abortion. Now, he’s telling his side of the drama during former President Obama’s first term that resulted in the passage of the massive healthcare overhaul, just as Republicans struggle in their multi-year push to repeal it. (Chalfant, 7/25)

Meanwhile, another former lawmaker sounds the alarm over the Republicans' efforts —

CQ Roll Call: Former GOP Senator Warns There Are 'No Do-Overs' On Health Care
Former Minnesota Republican Sen. David Durenberger took aim Monday at current GOP senators for attempting to ram through a motion to proceed on their controversial bill to dismantle the 2010 health care law. In a USA Today op-ed, Durenberger laid out the normal procedures for deliberating on a bill with ramifications for millions of Americans of this magnitude: “You ask questions. You hold hearings. You understand what it would mean to your constituents. You listen to those who know the system. And when it doesn’t add up, you vote against it.” (Connolly, 7/24)

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