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Progressive Demands Get Shelved In House Democrats’ COVID-19 Relief Bill

House Democrats’ new $ 3-trillion proposal to address the economic and public health fallout from the coronavirus pandemic pushed several progressive proposals to the sidelines once again. The HEROES Act, unveiled Tuesday, is the biggest coronavirus emergency relief bill yet. It proposes extending unemployment insurance through 2021, giving a second round of $ 1,200 direct payments, […]

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House Democrats Unveil Broad Package To Help Americans Affected By Coronavirus

WASHINGTON, March 11 (Reuters) – Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday unveiled a broad package of proposals to help Americans affected by the coronavirus outbreak, while officials suspended public tours through the Capitol building. The legislation, which Democratic leaders aimed to rush to the House floor for debate and passage on Thursday, would grant workers 14 days of […]

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Democrats Assail Trump Administration’s Bungled Coronavirus Response At Debate

Candidates for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination described how they would respond to the new coronavirus outbreak and called the Trump administration unprepared at Tuesday night’s debate, hours after federal health officials warned that a nationwide spread of the virus is inevitable. The candidates united in pledging support for the Centers for Disease Control and […]

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Democrats Did Something Big On Health Care And Nobody Is Paying Attention

House Democrats passed a major health care bill last December, one that promises substantial, much-needed relief to Americans struggling with cost of prescription drugs. Yet somehow, almost no one outside of Washington seems to be paying attention. The most important provision of the bill would allow the federal government to negotiate directly with manufacturers over […]

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Keith Ellison Warns Democrats Against Possible Drug Price Deal With Donald Trump

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison (D) blasted the idea of using arbitration to lower Medicare’s prescription drug prices as “sort of a sellout to Big Pharma,” challenging congressional progressives to vote down any deal with President Donald Trump that includes arbitration. “To use arbitration to deal with drug pricing seems like a loser from the […]

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Democrats Ran On Lowering Drug Prices. Now They Could Cut A Bad Deal With Donald Trump.

For months now, House Democratic Party leaders have been feuding behind closed doors with members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus about how to lower prescription drug prices. But as details of negotiations between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and President Donald Trump have leaked into the public, frustration among progressives is boiling over. Speaking in […]

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This Michigan District Is The Biggest Test Of Democrats’ Health Care Strategy

WASHINGTON — Democrats’ plan to take back the House of Representatives in November is all about health care. The unpopularity of Republican plans to replace Obamacare, combined with ever-rising health care costs, has led to a deluge of Democratic ads about protecting patients with pre-existing conditions and expanding Medicaid.  That all-health-care, all-the-time strategy might find […]

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Senate Democrats Want To Stop Trump From Bringing Back Junk Health Insurance

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and 30 Democratic colleagues want to block a Trump administration regulation that could flood health insurance markets with junk coverage. The effort seems unlikely to succeed. It requires passing a bill that would ultimately need support from both the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and President Donald Trump himself. But Baldwin’s gambit […]