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Sen. Carper Launched Crusade Against GOP Health Plan By Focusing On Governors

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) wanted to make sure they got the message: The legislation will hurt your states. Put your opposition in writing so the Senate can pause. Meanwhile, lawmakers have headed home to face their constituents and their town halls are just as raucous as they have been the rest of the year.

USA Today: Sen. Tom Carper Cast As Governors' Lobbyist In Health Care Debate
When Sen. Tom Carper was shopping for votes to block GOP health care bills, he didn’t just turn to his fellow senators. He turned to their governors. A self-described “recovering governor,” himself, the Delaware Democrat carried out a communications blitz — calling, texting, emailing — and made contact with up to half of them. He skipped out on a Democratic campaign retreat to make a case at the National Governors Association summer meeting in Rhode Island. (Gaudiano, 8/8)

Roll Call: GOP Members Face Tough Town Halls At Home
As town halls replace committee meetings during this last stretch of summer, Republican congressmen find themselves facing increasingly critical and at times raucous crowds of voters. Rep. Doug LaMalfa represents a California district that he won by 15 percent and voted overwhelmingly for President Donald J. Trump in 2016, but none of that was apparent Monday as the Republican congressman heard from his harshest critics. Over the course of the hour-long town hall, LaMalfa was on the defensive as constituents booed and asked for his resignation. One man told the congressman, “May you die in pain.” (Stewart, 8/8)

Denver Post: Michael Bennet Town Hall In Greeley: Colorado Democrat Blasts Republicans
U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet on Monday said he couldn’t have designed a bill less responsive to criticisms of the Affordable Care Act than what Republicans have put forth in the past few months, and the Colorado Democrat expressed hope that a recently announced bipartisan effort to repair the individual marketplace will be met with success. “It’s crazy to me that they wrote a bill like that,” Bennet said during a town hall at the University of Northern Colorado. “Can you imagine how hard it would be to say you’re going to repeal ACA for eight years, then you find yourself on the floor of the Senate and you can’t repeal it?” (Silvy, 8/8)

Denver Post: Tom Perez, John Hickenlooper Hold Health Care Rally In Denver
Colorado Democrats on Tuesday, joined by Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez, continued their rallying cry against GOP efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, working to drum up support among their liberal base and proclaiming their battle is far from over. “We won, but we have not finished the victory,” Perez said outside of the Colorado Capitol building in Denver, speaking to a crowd of a few dozen people holding signs. “We have won for now. And we have succeeded for now because of all of your stories.” (Paul, 8/8)

Meanwhile, one senator is pushing forward with an idea that she sees as a "win-win" solution —

Detroit News: Stabenow: Medicare At 55 Plan A ‘Win-Win’
A proposal that would allow older Americans to buy in to Medicare at age 55 would also be a “win-win” for the government health insurance program and private insurance markets, sponsoring Sen. Debbie Stabenow said Tuesday. The third-term Michigan Democrat introduced the Medicare at 55 Act last week, as lawmakers left Washington for an August break. Her proposal follows the high-profile collapse of Republican plans to repeal a federal health care law that has not controlled premium increases as originally intended. (Oosting, 8/8)

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