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Doctors, insurance companies and patient groups slam Graham-Cassidy

Purestock/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Insurance companies, doctors, patients, hospitals and other patient-provider groups are rallying together against the Graham-Cassidy plan, saying it could result in millions losing access to affordable health care and coverage. It’s not often you see these interest groups align, but the latest Republican repeal-and-replace effort has done just that. The effort led by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Sen. …

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Congressional investigators zoning in on Manafort communication with liaison abroad

Tom Williams/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Sources with knowledge of the investigation surrounding former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort tell ABC News a key focus for congressional investigators is emails between Manafort and his longtime associate Konstantin Kilimnik. Kilimnik, often referred to in these emails as “KK,” has served as Manafort’s liaison overseas since the mid-2000s. In the past, Kilimnik has been …

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Inspector general reviewing requests to probe HHS Secretary Tom Price's private jet travel

kafl/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The inspector general’s office at the Department of Health and Human Services is reviewing requests to investigate the private jet travel of the agency’s chief, Tom Price, who reportedly chartered five flights last week, drawing widespread criticism from congressional Democrats. Price’s travel, first reported by Politico Wednesday, comprised trips to Maine, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania aboard private planes …

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Blue states will lose the most funding under Republican health plan

Creatas/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A new analysis finds that blue states could lose a significant amount of federal funding for health care under the Graham-Cassidy bill. The Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that if Graham-Cassidy became law, the federal government would spend $160 billion less from 2020-2026 to expand health insurance coverage. And 35 states, plus the District of Columbia, would face losses …

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Sean Spicer defends brief White House tenure

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer acknowledges that he has “made mistakes,” but says that for those who “want some blanket apology,” “that’s not happening.” “I made mistakes,” Spicer, who’s been out at the White House for less than a month, told ABC News’ Paula Faris. “There’s no question. I think we all do.” Spicer added …

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'Indivisible' activist group takes aim at Obamacare repeal bill

Drew Angerer/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The liberal activist group “Indivisible,” a primary force behind the big anti-Donald Trump protest marches this spring and those raucous summer town halls, is now running full steam to stop the latest GOP effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, known as the Graham-Cassidy bill. Operating out a start-up space in Washington, D.C., the Indivisible leadership team …

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Roy Moore’s defiant road to become US senator

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call(MONTGOMERY, Ala.) — In his nearly three decades in the public eye, Roy Moore has never been one to shy away from controversy or confrontation. Whether it’s the public display of the Ten Commandments or his refusal to enforce the U.S. Supreme Court’s legalization of same-sex marriage, Moore has gained national attention for his dogged and bombastic …

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Sen. Van Hollen confident Democrats will invest in Alabama's heated Senate race

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., expressed confidence in the Democratic Party’s position in the upcoming Alabama Senate race, where he said there is a “full-blown Republican civil, political war.” “We all know it’s Alabama. That’s been tough territory for Democrats, and no one is kidding themselves how tough politically Alabama has been,” the Democratic senator from …

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Mueller inquired about Comey and Flynn firings, Russia meeting: Sources

Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) — Special counsel Robert Mueller sent a letter to the White House inquiring about a number of topics, including the firings of former FBI Director James Comey and National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and an Oval Office meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian diplomats, sources familiar with Mueller’s investigation confirmed to ABC News. …

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Senate could vote on Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill next week

Credit: Architect of the Capitol(WASHINGTON) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is hoping to hold a vote on the Graham-Cassidy health care proposal next week, he said in a statement Wednesday. According to a statement released by McConnell’s office, “it is the Leader’s intention to consider Graham-Cassidy on the floor next week.” That does not mean a vote will definitely …

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