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Trump Continues To Ring Optimistic Bell Over Republican Health Care Plans

President Donald Trump called on supporters at an event in Wisconsin to urge their representatives to support the GOP's efforts. Meanwhile, over in Iowa, Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley fields single-payer questions during a town hall, and a pro-Trump group targets a Colorado lawmaker with TV ads in his district.

Politico: Trump Issues Bold New Promises On Health Care, Tax, Infrastructure
President Donald Trump on Tuesday promised big wins in the next stretch of his administration, glossing past the reality that the political newcomer will celebrate his first 100 days without a major legislative victory. In a speech that could be seen as a messaging test for that milestone, Trump hailed the opening days of his administration as a wild success and pledged to quickly deliver on health care, tax reform and infrastructure. (McCaskill, 4/18)

Des Moines Register: Town Meeting Crowd Challenges Grassley On Single-Payer Health Care
Health care dominated U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley’s town meeting on Tuesday, as southeast Iowa constituents pressed him on insurance affordability and challenged him to embrace a single-payer solution. Congress is currently considering several proposals with the potential to lower insurance premiums, Grassley said, while a single-payer system in which government supplants private insurers is a nonstarter.  One woman described to Grassley how the insurance plan her family bought on the state’s Affordable Care Act exchange rose from $1,400 to $2,200 per month – and will go away altogether in 2018. (Noble, 4/18)

Denver Post: Donald Trump Group Pressures Scott Tipton With New Obamacare Ad
Allies of President Donald Trump this week are targeting Congressman Scott Tipton of Colorado with a new TV ad that uses an unusual tactic — reverse psychology — to get him to support a second effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The 30-second spot, paid for by the Trump-aligned group America First Policies, urges viewers to call Tipton and thank him for “his courage and for standing with President Trump to repeal Obamacare now.” The oddity comes from the fact that Tipton, R-Cortez, was the only House Republican from Colorado to publicly declare that he would have voted against the GOP health-care plan that collapsed last month — telling The Daily Sentinel in Grand Junction afterward that he was opposed to the legislation. (Mattews, 4/18)

In other health law news —

The Fiscal Times: No Health Insurance? Didn’t Check The Box On Your 1040 Tax Form? So What? 
Since the Affordable Care Act was formally launched in 2014, taxpayers have had to check a box on line 61 of their 1040 federal tax returns declaring whether they or members of their family have qualified health insurance -- and provide documentation to prove it. This was required as part of Obamacare’s “individual mandate” to make nearly everyone without insurance eventually sign up. (Pianin, 4/18)

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