Photo: House Speaker Paul Ryan speaks to reporters about the American Health Care Act.
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Tuesday's public hearing by the House Intelligence Committee has been cancelled by Republican Chairman Devin Nunes. Obama intelligence officials had been scheduled to testify. When asked about including new witnesses, Nunes replied, "We're not going to get into a neo-McCarthyism Era here, where we just start bringing in Americans because they were mentioned in a press story, and I'm concerned about that."
But Nunes' Democratic counterpart, Ranking Member Adam Schiff, offered a very different perspective. "We really need an independent commission here because the public at the end of the day needs to have confidence that someone has done a thorough investigation untainted by political consideration." Eric Geller, a cyber-security reporter, is following this story for Politico.
The White House says President Trump will "watch and take names" as House Speaker Paul Ryan tries to unite the GOP to "repeal and replace" Obamacare. Meantime, polls show more than half the public's opposed to adding some 24 million people to the ranks of the uninsured. The House is scheduled to vote later today, and we look at the consequences one way or the other. Will the President blame the Speaker if the bill fails? If it passes the House, what's its chance in the Senate? There's a lot at stake — including the health of America's healthcare system.
Shortly after we finished recording this conversation, Speaker Paul Ryan announced
that Republicans have pulled the GOP healthcare plan from the House floor.
David Hawkings, CQ Roll Call (@davidhawkings)
Jeffrey Young, Huffington Post (@JeffYoung)
Sally Pipes, Pacific Research Institute (@sallypipes)
Sarah Gollust, University of Minnesota (@sarahgollust)
Roll Call on the latest on the Republican healthcare vote
Young on the Republican Obamacare repeal vote
Sam Stein on Dems finding political upside, little joy in GOP healthcare mess
Pipes on putting the CBO's score of the American Health Care Act in perspective
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