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Sen. Johnson walks back remarks on McCain’s brain cancer

“John McCain earlier in the week when he suggested the Arizona Republican’s dissenting vote on health care might have been influenced by his recent brain cancer surgery” writes David Wright for thebostonchannel.com. McCain returned to the Senate to vote on health care-related legislation after a surgery to remove a blood clot revealed he had brain cancer. Source: thebostonchannel.com Share This:

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Australian Senators Call On the Reserve Bank to Back Bitcoin

“Senators in Australia are putting their political differences aside and are banding together to urge the Reserve Bank to back bitcoin as an official currency” writes unknown author for cryptocoinsnews.com. In April, it was reported that the Reserve Bank was studying the blockchain for the financial system.With the digital currency gaining prominence in value and increased adoption it has suddenly become a contender in the financial sector.So much so, that Australia’s lawmakers want the central bank to create its own digital currency and blockchain to use on the market.As part…

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One vulnerable Republican senator just got brutal poll numbers after his vote on the Republican healthcare bill

“It may not come as much of a surprise, since the Republican healthcare bill was among the least popular pieces of legislation in decades” writes Bob Bryan for businessinsider.com.au. Dean Heller of Nevada in 2018, is already running ads about Heller’s vote for the Republican healthcare bills.The poll, from the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling, found that the Arizona senator’s vote for the GOP healthcare bill has hurt voters’ opinions of him.John McCain’s vote against the Republican “skinny” repeal of Obamacare, which derailed the GOP healthcare efforts, drew positive reviews…

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Senate Democrats Seek to Outdo Trump on Trade

“On Wednesday, for example, Democrats proposed the creation of a trade prosecutor to pursue complaints about unfair trade practices” writes Binyamin Appelbaum for nytimes.com. Trump. “The problem is President Trump has talked a good game and done virtually nothing on trade but study it,” he said. “We need action.The Republican Party strongly supported increased trade in recent decades while Democrats made an uneasy peace with globalization.If President Trump wants to work with us to get things done, good.” The proposals reflect the sharp change in the political debate about trade…

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RAND: Trump studying exec action on healthcare…

“U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) (C) speaks with reporters about healthcare legislation outside the Senate floor at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. July 18, 2017” writes Reuters Editorial for reuters.com. WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Rand Paul said he spoke to President Donald Trump by phone about healthcare reform on Monday and told the president he thought Trump had the authority to create associations that would allow organizations to offer group health insurance plans.Paul, a Republican, told reporters that Trump was considering taking some form of executive action to…

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Poor would be ‘devastated’ if Trump cuts health payments, GOP senator warns

“The secretary of health and human services, meanwhile, was noncommittal about the payments and also declined to say whether the Trump administration would enforce the portion of the Affordable Care Act that generally requires individuals to carry health insurance” writes Thomas M for marketwatch.com. Susan Collins, one of three Republican senators who blocked the GOP’s health-care bill last week, on Sunday said President Donald Trump’s threatened cuts in payments to insurers would be “detrimental” to America’s poor. Donald Trump threatens to cancel some health-care benefits for lawmakers.So we’re talking about low-income…

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McCain: Here’s why I voted no on the ‘skinny repeal’

“While the amendment would have repealed some of Obamacare’s most burdensome regulations, it offered no replacement to actually reform our health care system and deliver affordable, quality health care to our citizens” writes Aol Staff for aol.com. Senator John McCain was one of three Republican “no” votes against the GOP health care plan early Friday morning, and is being hailed as the man who killed the so-called Obamacare “skinny repeal.”. McCain had returned to Washington for the health care vote on Tuesday, nearly a week after his office announced he…

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John McCain: Here’s why I voted no and killed the ‘skinny repeal’

“While the amendment would have repealed some of Obamacare’s most burdensome regulations, it offered no replacement to actually reform our health care system and deliver affordable, quality health care to our citizens” writes Peter Jacobs for businessinsider.com. Senator John McCain was one of three Republican “no” votes against the GOP health care plan early Friday morning, and is being hailed as the man who killed the so-called Obamacare “skinny repeal.”. McCain had returned to Washington for the health care vote on Tuesday, nearly a week after his office announced he…

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Why a Republican Senator Wanted a Vote on Single-Payer Health Care

“The Senate voted down a single-payer health care amendment introduced by Republican Senator Steve Daines on Thursday, in a political gambit aimed at putting Senate Democrats on the record on a divisive issue” writes Clare Foran for theatlantic.com. But Democrats are far from united in embracing single-payer legislation, and congressional Democratic leaders have not included single payer as part of any kind of formal Democratic agenda.Senator Bernie Sanders, the most popular progressive politician in the United States who supports a single-payer health-care system, denounced the amendment as a “political trick”…

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