FROM Carol Ostrom
The House Votes to Repeal 'Obamacare' Today -- for the 33rd time -- House Republicans are voting to repeal President Obama's healthcare law, frequently referred to as "Obamacare," with the Democratic Senate expected to ignore it altogether. In the aftermath of the US Supreme Court decision, is it good politics to debate the issue all over again?
Election-Year Politics and Healthcare Today -- for the 33rd time -- House Republicans are voting to repeal President Obama's Affordable Care Act, with no chance that the Senate will go along. The House and Senate wrangling is political theater while the real action takes place in the states. Texas and Florida are rejecting billions of federal dollars, rather than expanding Medicaid for the uninsured. Washington State has begun implementation. The US Supreme Court created the opportunity for different approaches, so election-year politics may be the ultimate "decider." We hear about the rhetoric, the multiple realities and the potential consequences for 50 million Americans who don't have health insurance.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.