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A few minutes ago, TPM's Alice Ollstein asked Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) if he supports scrapping Obamacare's 10 essential health benefits (more here on that). Roberts deadpanned: "I sure don't want my mammogram benefits taken away."

Here's The Latest On Obamacare Repeal

It would appear that Paul Ryan still lacks the votes to pass the Obamacare repeal and replace bill (that also ends Medicaid as we know it) tomorrow. Reports are he will be putting the squeeze on individual members this evening, but in the meantime a deal of sorts is apparently being worked out to win over recalcitrant conservatives by promising to gut Obamacare's 10 essential health benefits, the bare minimums insurance plans must cover – not now, but later in the Senate. Alice Ollstein has the details.

Bye for Now

It's been pretty much nonstop since the conventions last year, so I'm off for one week of vacation, hopefully totally off the grid. We will try to keep you up to date with the very latest links in the editors blog to our team's essential reporting on Obamacare repeal, as well as the latest developments Trump/Russia and the seemingly limitless number of other stories we are tracking.

In the meantime, if you haven't already, please wish me a good send off by signing up for Prime. It is critical to our whole operation. And we have big things coming this spring.

I'll see you in a week.

Insider the Alt-Right/All-Russia Nexus

Now that we've learned that Breitbart and Infowars have somehow figured into the FBI's counter-intelligence probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, I want to return to a topic we discussed late last summer and into the fall. At the time we saw a disconcerting pattern. Trump friends, associates and staffers would go on TV make some wild claim that no one had heard before. Then it would turn out that the only other place the story had appeared was on RT or SputnikNews or even some Russian language propaganda mill.

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The Real Story

As we move toward Thursday's (likely) vote on the Ryan/Trump Obamacare repeal bill, we should remember that under the guise of repealing Obamacare, the House bill writers are actually going to great lengths to gut Medicaid.

Last week, TPM Reader EE gave us some indication of what that will entail.

I work in a nursing home and it seems that no-one is talking/asking questions about the devastating effect the medicaid cuts will have on nursing home residents and their families.

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