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West Wing Reads for 6/28/17

West Wing Reads

“Barbarism Isn’t What it Used to Be” – Rich Lowry in the National Review

Rich Lowry in the National Review takes on the left’s misleading hyperbole when it comes to describing the GOP Senate health care bill. No, Bernie Sanders, the bill isn’t “barbaric,” – it’s two major reforms, rolling back Medicaid expansion and tying federal funding on a per capita basis, are reasonable, Lowry explains. He points out under the current system, “Obamacare has a more generous federal match for the able-bodied enrollees in Medicaid than for its more vulnerable populations” – the populations the program was meant to serve. He also writes that not too long ago Democrats thought a per capita proposal would bring more cost discipline to the program, in what is viewed as now as a cruel reform.
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In more health care news, the Washington Free Beacon writes that the 19th Obamacare co-op has folded, leaving only four operating in 2018, and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price details in the Wall Street Journal that “Obamacare’s victims need relief now.”

As the White House continues with Energy Week, in The Hill, Executive Director of LNG Allies and Our Energy Moment Fred Hutchison writes that the U.S. Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) industry is “optimistic that the Trump administration is headed in the right direction,” saying further exports will create jobs, grow the economy, and reduce emissions.

The economy is continuing its uptick, as Breitbart's John Carney reports on rising consumer confidence in June, with a strong bounce back occurring on the Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index.

Today, President Trump will host both lawmakers and immigration crime victims to help push the passage of Kate’s Law in Congress. As the Washington Times describes, the bill was introduced earlier this year to impose a mandatory minimum five-year prison term on foreigners who reenter the U.S. after being deported. The bill is named after Kate Steinle, a 32-year-old who was fatally shot by such a felon.


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