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Republicans have embarked on a deranged quest to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a bill that everyone but Paul Ryan seems to hate. Three times a week, Slate reporters Jim Newell and Jordan Weissmann will discuss the latest twists and turns in this bizarre legislative saga and update listeners on how worried they should be about the future of health care

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Republicans have embarked on a deranged quest to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a bill that everyone but Paul Ryan seems to hate. Three times a week, Slate reporters Jim Newell and Jordan Weissmann will discuss the latest twists and turns in this bizarre legislative saga and update listeners on how worried they should be about the future of health care

    Nobody Knows Anything

    Nobody Knows Anything

    In the final episode of Trumpcare Tracker, Jim Newell and Jordan Weissmann ponder the latest, mysterious developments in the Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare. Senate leadership is still pushing for a vote next week, even though nobody knows which bill they’ll be considering. On Thursday, Sen. John Cornyn told reporters that senators knowing what’s in the bill before it goes to the floor is “a luxury we don’t have.” If it does indeed proceed, it will be a vote-a-rama for the ages.
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    • 14 min
    Is It Really Dead?

    Is It Really Dead?

    Jim Newell and Jordan Weissmann recall the sudden collapse of the Republican health care bill on Monday night and wonder if master tactician Mitch McConnell can still bring it back from the dead. Could President Donald Trump change senators’ minds, and is there any hope for a bipartisan compromise?
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    • 18 min
    The World’s Most Ironic Health Scare

    The World’s Most Ironic Health Scare

    Jim Newell and Jordan Weissmann discuss the latest developments in the Republican attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare. They ask whether John McCain’s surgery makes the bill more or less likely to pass; they analyze the incentives administration officials are offering to moderates; and they break down Vice President Mike Pence’s spectacularly ineffective (and thoroughly debunked) pitch for the bill at the National Governor’s Association meeting this weekend. 
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    • 13 min
    Slush Funds for All

    Slush Funds for All

    Jim Newell and Jordan Weissmann discuss the latest draft of the health care legislation, which Republicans released on Thursday. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s bold tactic was to try to sway conservatives with policy concessions and to throw money at moderate holdouts. They ask why Senate moderates still haven’t definitively come out against the bill and whether Republican leadership will use a partisan source to score the bill if they decide the Congressional Budget Office would take “too long” to do the job. 
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    • 17 min
    A Possible Plan B?

    A Possible Plan B?

    Jim Newell and Jordan Weissmann discuss the latest developments in the Republicans’ quest to repeal and replace Obamacare. Will Ted Cruz’s amendment pass muster with the Senate parliamentarian? Does this legislative saga prove that politics are local once again? And can Lindsey Graham craft a bipartisan compromise to fix Obamacare?
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    • 17 min
    Is Trumpcare Doomed?

    Is Trumpcare Doomed?

    Jim Newell is joined by Vox reporter Dylan Scott to discuss how a week in their home states affected Republican senators’ attitudes toward the health-care bill. Is there any hope for the legislation when the most common feelings are ambivalence or fervent opposition? (Jordan Weissmann is on vacation.)
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    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
53 Ratings

53 Ratings

Romethesecondtime ,

I can't believe you gave up! You were THE best...

And the issues are still with us. Can you come back once in a while?

Binksy_Boo ,

Timely and informative

Thanks, guys, for providing this thrice-weekly analysis of the healthcare bill progress. Your discussion of this topic really helped me to understand the many layers of this topic. Will look for future 'casts as the healthcare policy unfolds.

stvj.IN ,

Don't go! Good, hard data and insights

Great infos balanced well between the technical insurance, medical industry concerns and the legislative and political spasms. Thanks so much, don't go
away til this thing is well and truly dead or .... *shudder* something else happens.

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