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Tuesday News: Is Zombie Trumpcare Really Dead?; “The Trumps and the Truth”; “McConnell Has Weaponized Cynicism”


by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Tuesday, July 18.

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  • Video: Gov. McAuliffe says he’s “very happy” this morning, now a “great opportunity” for Congress to work on bipartisan health care reform


  • Ralph Northam Calls for Bipartisan Joint Health Care Subcommittee To Address Health Care Costs and Access

    After Trumpcare Bill Fails Once Again, Ralph Northam Calls for Improvements to Health Care System in Virginia

    Richmond — With news that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is working to move forward with the repeal of the Affordable Care Act with no replacement bill in place, Dr. Ralph Northam today called for a Bipartisan Joint Health Care Subcommittee in Virginia to address the rising costs of health care:

    “The proposals coming out of Republican-controlled Washington do little to address any of the real problems facing the people of this Commonwealth. That is why as Governor, I would call for a Bipartisan Joint Subcommittee, comprised of members from both the Health Insurance Reform Commission and the newly formed Joint Subcommittee for Health and Human Resources Oversight Committee to address the concerns of health care costs, specifically for vulnerable communities.

    “Virginians should lead the country on innovations in health care that will raise quality and decrease costs. As a native Virginian, former member of the legislature and physician — I believe it is time we put common sense back into improving the health care system and work together to improve the health care experience for all Virginians.”

    This committee would be tasked with developing recommendations and legislative proposals to address the following:

    The costs of health care in Virginia
    The utilization of all federal dollars on the table to expand access while reducing costs for all Virginians
    The costs of care for specific populations such as the elderly and people with disabilities
    Base all findings on metrics to focus on outcomes

  • Tom Perriello Endorses Kimberly Anne Tucker

    For Immediate Release: 7/18/17

    Popular Progressive Leader Throws His Support Behind Upstart Candidate for Virginia’s House of Delegates in District 81

    Virginia Beach, VA: Tom Perriello, the former gubernatorial candidate and congressman, announced today that he is supporting Kimberly Anne Tucker in her campaign for a seat in Virginia’s House of Delegates. Tucker is running in the 81st district which covers parts of Virginia Beach and Chesapeake.

    “I am so proud to be supporting Kimberly Anne Tucker,” Perriello said. “As a former principal and as an organizer, she’s been an unbelievable advocate for basic justice and fairness. And she’s been an incredibly powerful voice for those who often don’t have a voice in the process. I know that she’s going to bring that same sense of advocacy and fairness to the House of Delegates.”

    A former educator who became politically active during the 2016 primary season, Tucker founded Indivisible757, one of the area’s most prominent grassroots advocacy groups, following the election. At the urging of the group’s membership, she turned her attention to electoral politics in a district that’s been been overlooked by the Democratic Party’s establishment for years. A political newcomer, Tucker won her June primary contest convincingly with almost 70 percent of the vote and will square off in November against Delegate Barry Knight, an incumbent who has never faced a Democratic challenger.

    “I’m honored and grateful to have Tom’s support,” Tucker said. “He’s been an incredible mentor and role model for me. More important, though, is the fact that we share important core values including a commitment to making a difference in the lives of Virginia families who work hard, play by the rules, and are losing ground in spite of their best efforts. The game in Richmond has been rigged against them for too long and we’re proud to have Tom stand with us in the fight for change.”

    The endorsement follows the recent launch of WinVirginia, a vehicle Perriello created to support Democratic candidates for the House of Delegates across the state. WinVirginia’s mission is to take back the State House in 2017, providing financial and organizational support for the most competitive Democratic field in nearly three decades.

    Perriello noted Tucker’s success in her primary race and expressed enthusiasm for her chances in the general election. “I can’t wait to see the rest of the campaign and to see a big victory for her in November,” he said. “I’ll be proud to be standing by her side.”

  • Video of Tom Perriello endorsing Kimberly Anne Tucker


  • From Gov. McAuliffe’s office:

    Statement from Bipartisan Group of Governors on U.S. Senate health care bill

    RICHMOND – Today Governor McAuliffe joined with a bipartisan group of governors to issue the following statement in response to recent developments and proposed changes to the Senate health care bill.

    “Congress should work to make health insurance more affordable by controlling costs and stabilizing the market, and we are pleased to see a growing number of senators stand up for this approach. The Senate should immediately reject efforts to ‘repeal’ the current system and replace sometime later. This could leave millions of Americans without coverage. The best next step is for both parties to come together and do what we can all agree on: fix our unstable insurance markets. Going forward, it is critically important that governors are brought to the table to provide input, and we stand ready to work with lawmakers in an open, bipartisan way to provide better insurance for all Americans.”

    The list of eleven governors who joined this statement is below:

    John R. Kasich
    Governor of Ohio
    John W. Hickenlooper
    Governor of Colorado

    Steve Bullock
    Governor of Montana

    Charles D. Baker
    Governor of Massachusetts

    Larry Hogan
    Governor of Maryland

    Tom Wolf
    Governor of Pennsylvania

    John Bel Edwards
    Governor of Louisiana

    Phil Scott
    Governor of Vermont

    Bill Walker
    Governor of Alaska

    Terry McAuliffe
    Governor of Virginia

    Brian Sandoval
    Governor of Nevada

  • Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) issued released this statement on the latest Senate maneuvers on healthcare:

    “Today, after the collapse of their heartless healthcare plan, Republican leadership floated the absurd idea of simply repealing the ACA and kicking the can down the road for replacement. The nonpartisan CBO has said that repeal without replacement could leave 32 million Americans without insurance by 2026 and insurance premiums could double. In other words, this isn’t kicking the can down the road, it’s kicking American families in the teeth and leaving them by the side of the road. While the ACA has issues, they can be resolved by a bipartisan attempt, yes, working together, to fix the ACA instead of endangering Americans to score political partisan points.”

  • Dan Rather:

    Mr. Putin is not the head of a democracy. But Mr. Trump certainly is. Somebody better remind him of that and fast, and the rest of his family as well.

    Secret meetings with the Russians? Forgotten meetings with the Russians? What the heck is going on?

    The cloud of suspicion is thicker than my late-grandmother’s Texas chili. We grant a presumption of innocence in our court system, but a prosecutor with a case is allowed to pursue it. And we have a case here. We have a special council looking into it, but we also have a press, the Congress and all the others who need to be keeping this in check.

    Presidents should be able to have backchannel communications. It is not the public’s right to know everything. But this is a direct communication with an adversary who has tried to undermine our democracy. This is a foreign power that has many suspicious ties to the President, his family and his closest aides.

    What is President Trump talking to Mr. Putin about? What secret deals or promises were made? What are he and his closest confidents trying to hide?

    It’s high time we started getting some satisfactory answers. This is not about politics. It’s about the sanctity of our democratic institutions.

    The Presidency of the United States is a great responsibility. But in that responsibility is a need for accountability. Putin does not have a transparent government. We do, or at least are supposed to have one.