Josh Marshall

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"We're trying to make sure we're weeding out those with upward mobility. It's very crucial that this has some teeth to it, because what you don't want is for the money to be rationed out among a larger amount of people." Republican Study Committee Chair Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC) on his faction's efforts to impose a work requirement on Medicaid as part of the Republican plan to repeal Obamacare.

As today's feature piece by Tierney Sneed suggests, much of what Republicans are calling Obamacare repeal is actually turning out to be an effort to gut Medicaid.

Here's where we are. Speaker Ryan from about an hour ago: "This is something we wrote with President Trump."

In other words, let me invite you back on my sinking boat. Ryan went on to say: "This is something we wrote with the Senate committees. So just so you know, Maria (Bartiromo), this is the plan we ran on all last year." So he wants to invite a lot of people onboard.

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If you're involved in politics in any way, it is always important to distinguish between what matters, what's important and what will have concrete effects, effects on political outcomes, elections, and so forth. Often they overlap. But that is not always the case.

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One thing you learn watching legislative politics for a long time is that when a party has a huge amount staked on passing a piece of legislation, they usually find a way to do it, even if it seems all but impossible on the surface. A big counterexample to this rule of thumb was the failure of health care reform in 1994 when Democrats failed Even to hold a vote on a bill and were promptly crushed in the 1994 midterms. The success of reform in 2010 is a good example of the rule of thumb I'm talking about.

With all this said, on its face, things are looking pretty dicey at the moment for Obamacare repeal.

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I wanted to take a moment to recommend a book. But before I do that. I want to start with a quotation.

"Nazi Germany and its overtly exterminationist imperial project of the later 1930s and and early 1940s owed much to the logic of ethnic conflict and irredentism created by the Great War and the redrawing of borders in 1918-19."

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Even as the White House rejected a CBO scoring of the House GOP Obamacare repeal bill, a secret White House analysis showed an even higher number of Americans would lose health insurance coverage under the bill. According to a document first reported Monday evening by Politico, an internal executive branch analysis showed that 26 million Americans would lose their coverage, two million more than the estimate of 24 million released earlier in the day by the CBO.

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I couldn't help noticing this tweet this evening from Vice President Pence, highlighting his and the President's talk today with 'victims' of Obamacare.

As I noted earlier, while there were definitely trade offs with Obamacare and it was far from a panacea the idea that the law created a class of 'victims' is at best overstated and largely BS.

It got better when a guy on Twitter pointed out to me that Knox actually has his own write-up on Snopes.com.

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The CBO's scoring of the Trumpcare, House GOP 'repeal and replace' plan is out. And it's even worse - for people who need health insurance and the GOP - than most were expecting. The CBO estimates that the plan would leave 14 million more people uninsured in 2018, 21 million more in 2020 and 24 million more in 2026.

24 million people. That's a lot of people.

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