2 winners and 4 losers from the Senate health care bill

Mark Wilson/Getty Images The Better Care Reconciliation Act, Senate Republicans’ plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, would if passed lead to one of the largest redistributions of income in American history, just as Obamacare itself did. It would shift hundreds of billions of dollars from health care programs to fund sweeping tax cuts for rich Americans, radically overhaul the way the US supports elderly and disabled people, and allow states to substantially weaken insurance regulations. While it clearly does not yet have the votes it needs to pass the Senate,…

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These are the new factions of the Senate health care debate

This is the web version of VoxCare, a daily newsletter from Vox on the latest twists and turns in America’s health care debate. Like what you’re reading? Sign up to get VoxCare in your inbox here.   Senate Republicans sound a little more upbeat about the prospects for Obamacare repeal. They reviewed their policy options at a conference lunch today, and while they still aren’t ready to make tough policy choices, there was a notable shift from the pessimism Sarah wrote about last week. “We’re getting closer to having a…

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Roy Cooper and NC Senate leader tangle over taxes and education spending

RALEIGH Gov. Roy Cooper and Senate leader Phil Berger opened the legislative session with a disagreement over education spending and taxes. Cooper was the guest Wednesday morning at the annual Eggs & Issues Breakfast sponsored by the Public School Forum of North Carolina. Public School Forum President and CEO Keith Poston interviewed Cooper before a live audience for the forum’s television show Education Matters. “Clearly we have to invest more in education, and that’s going to be at the top of my list as I prepare my budget,” Cooper said…

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U-Va. education dean: Betsy DeVos’s Senate hearing performance was ‘disqualifying’

  Robert C. Pianta is dean of the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. I am disappointed to have to say that Betsy DeVos should not be the next Secretary of Education. As an academic, dean of a school of education, and educator who has advocated for good charter schools, who can see the value of empowering parents through school choice and the promise of vouchers to enable that empowerment, and who believes our education system is still deeply in need of reform, I had initially approached…

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Senate Delays Vote on Education Secretary Nominee Betsy DeVos For Financial Disclosure Review

The confirmation hearing for Donald Trump’s billionaire Education Secretary pick, Betsy DeVos, on Tuesday was frankly outrageous, the most eye-catching item being DeVos’s assertion that states should be more open to allowing guns into schools for protecting students against grizzly bear attacks. Now the vote on whether or not to confirm DeVos has been delayed, though not because of bears. On Friday, Republican Senator and chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Lamar Alexander, pushed back the date of Devos’s confirmation vote by a week to…

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Senate Democrats Give Up On Coal Miner Health Benefits, Averting Government Shutdown (UPDATE)

Coal-state Senate Democrats on Friday backed off their threat to shut down the government over health benefits for retired coal miners after an impasse with Republicans. The Senate voted Friday night to fund the government until April 28 ― averting a shutdown less than an hour before the deadline. The funding bill, which passed 63-36, will now be sent to President Barack Obama. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who led the push for a one-year extension of health care benefits for miners, railed against House members Friday evening for leaving town without committing to…

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