Political attacks in Juneau have stepped up in the past two weeks. It feels like late October, with a General election around the corner. Of course, thats a long ways away.
With Obamacare repeal dead for the foreseeable future, Congress may turn its attention to smaller pieces of legislation dealing with what are seen as more doable reforms to American healthcare. One of those is an effort being led by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (I) to bring down the price of prescription drugs by allowing Americans to buy those drugs from foreign countries.
The Washington D.C. based Center on Budget and Policy priorities today released an updated analysis of revisions made to the Republican House bill to repeal…
This afternoon, Rep. Don Young released a statement with his thoughts on the Obamacare repeal and replacement bill known as the American Health Care Act (ACHA). Republican leaders have said the bill will be voted on in the House on Thursday.
If there were any year when it would be easy to forget to vote it would be this one.
New polling released exclusively to The Midnight Sun by Save Our Care, a group fighting efforts by President Trump and Congressional Republicans to repeal and replace Obamacare, shows Alaskans already have an unfavorable opinion of the bill.
Today neighbors of mine, and presumably yours too, began receiving the same mailer from the Alaska Republican Party they get before every election. You know, that yellow “Apply for your absentee ballot” mail piece the GOP has been sending out forever. Of interest to me as a watcher of local politics isn’t that the GOP sent the mailer, it’s the direct pitch to its base about why this election is important and what the choices are. That message is telling.
If Trump and the GOP-controlled congress can’t dismantle Obamacare as they have promised to do for years, they could face a combination of that “bloodbath” backlash — or at least a depressed turnout — from their rank-and-file conservative base while simultaneously raising the profile of the issue and handing Gov. Walker a powerful and popular issue to run on.
We’ve been hearing for weeks that anyone meeting with Alaska’s congressional delegation or their staff is being told that even their GOP colleagues in D.C. aren’t eager to move the President’s agenda. Now, multiple reports are detailing the specifics of that dysfunction.