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This Former GOP Congressman Loathed Obamacare Until He Lost His Own Coverage

(HuffPo) David Jolly, a former Republican member of Congress who campaigned against Obamacare, said he’s had a change of heart since losing his own health insurance this year.

Jolly, who represented Florida’s 13th Congressional District until he was unseated last fall, opened up about his personal health care struggles during a discussion of the GOP health care bill Monday on MSNBC.

“I lost my doctor, and I lost my plan in 2013, and I was angry about Obamacare, and I ran for Congress,” Jolly said. “But in 2017, as an unemployed person with a preexisting condition, I knew Obamacare was there as a safety net if my wife and I needed it.”

DonViejo

Schumer: The Fight Is Not Over On Senate GOPs Obamacare Repeal

(TPM) Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Tuesday said Democrats will keep fighting Senate Republicans’ proposal to repeal parts of Obamacare, after Republican leaders announced that a vote on the bill will be delayed until after the July 4 recess.

“We know the fight is not over, that is for sure,” Schumer said at a press conference after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced the delay. “We’re not resting on any laurels, nor do we feel any sense yet of accomplishment.”

Schumer said Senate Republicans will continue trying to corral enough votes to pass the proposal. “Over the next couple of weeks, we know that Leader McConnell will try to use a slush fund to buy off Republicans, cut back-room deals, to try and get this thing done,” he said.

DonViejo

Sally Yates: Trump administration behavior 'should be alarming to us as a country'

(The Hill) Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates slammed the Trump administration on Tuesday for ignoring legal and political norms, arguing that concerns about President Trump's conduct should go much deeper than whether he committed an impeachable offense.

“Surely (criminality is) not our bar. That’s not the standard of conduct that we’re looking for from our president or our administration," she said in a sweeping panel discussion at the Aspen Ideas Festival.

"I mean, It shouldn’t just be whether you’ve committed a felony or not. It should also be whether or not you’re observing the kinds of norms that we’ve been talking about here today.”

DonViejo

Pressure Ramps Up On OCare Repeal Holdouts As A Fifth Senator Bails

(TPM) Senate leaders’ plan to pass a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act before the July 4 recess has hit a roadblock: a mini-revolt by a cadre of Republicans from both the moderate and far-right wings of the party who announced Monday they would not vote to advance the bill as it’s currently written.

On Tuesday morning, a fifth senator joined the opposition: Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT). Lee had previously excoriated the bill as a “caricature of a Republican health care bill,” noting that it leaves in place many of Obamacare’s regulations and prioritizes tax cuts for the wealthy as well as payments to insurance companies. A spokesperson for Lee told TPM: “We are still working with leadership to change base bill.”

The opposition from Lee, Susan Collins (R-ME), Rand Paul (R-KY), Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Dean Heller (R-NV) effectively halts the bill’s progress, and with several other Republicans voicing doubts and concerns, the Senate’s multi-month effort to roll back Obamacare appears to be in jeopardy if changes are not made.

Tanuki

"He kind of looks like a dick": Potential jurors take an immediate dislike to ‘pharma bro’ Shkreli

(Raw Story) More than 120 potential jurors were dismissed Monday from the federal court trial in Brooklyn, where Shkreli faces eight counts of securities and wire fraud related to his two hedge funds and the drug company Retrophin, reported the New York Times.

Some of the jurors knew about the 34-year-old Shkreli, who became known as “the most hated man on the internet” two years ago after hiking the price of the drug Daraprim overnight from $13.50 per pill to $750 as CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals.

Eugene

The Pentagon promised citizenship to immigrants who served. Now it might help deport them.

(WaPo) The Pentagon is considering a plan to cancel enlistment contracts for 1,000 foreign-born recruits without legal immigration status, knowingly exposing them to deportation, a Defense Department memo shows.

The undated action memo, prepared for Defense Secretary Jim Mattis by personnel and intelligence officials at the Pentagon and obtained by The Washington Post, describes potential security threats of immigrants recruited in a program designed to award fast-tracked citizenship in exchange for urgently needed medical and language skills.

Additionally, 4,100 troops — most of whom are naturalized citizens — may face “enhanced screening,” though the Pentagon voiced concern on how to navigate “significant legal constraints” of “continuous monitoring” of citizens without cause, according to the memo.

Judi Lynn

I can do whatever I want: Nunes admits he was never going to recuse himself from the House Russia

(Raw Story) Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) on Monday addressed his non-recusal from the House Intelligent Committee’s investigation into Russia hacking and possible collusion with Donald Trump’s campaign, arguing, “I can do whatever I want.”

“I can do whatever I want, I’m the chairman of the committee,” Nunes said, according to CNN. “I voluntarily, temporarily stepped aside from leading the investigation.”

In April, Nunes said he would step aside from the Russia probe after the House ethics committee opened in investigation into his handling of classified information. Nunes briefly derailed the House Russia probe when held a press conference to discuss sensitive information that purported to show the Obama administration “unmasked” members of the Trump transition team through routine, legal surveillance. Trump would later say that press conference made him feel “somewhat” vindicated for his baseless claim that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the campaign.

DemocratSinceBirth

Susan Collins is a No

Sen. Susan Collins ✔ @SenatorCollins

I want to work w/ my GOP & Dem colleagues to fix the flaws in ACA. CBO analysis shows Senate bill won't do it. I will vote no on mtp.

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