Will Medicare For All Save Money?
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The Washington Post: As Trump's Approval Sinks, Democrats Take Aim At The GOP
The Democratic attacks on the GOP are intensifying as President Trump's approval rating sinks to new lows, widening the Democrats' advantage on the generic congressional ballot and raising the odds that Democrats will take back the House in November. The new attacks come as the midterm campaign is heating up, with less than three months until the primaries begin.
Senate Democratic leader Charles E. Schumer (N.Y.) and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) fired off separate letters to Trump on Tuesday, accusing him of “threatening America's health-care system by holding hostage critical payments that insurers need to keep low- and middle-income families covered.” Schumer also called on Trump to support legislation to shore up insurance markets, saying it would be “the ultimate irony” if Trump supported the policy after criticizing the bill for months. The Medicare-for-all plan proposed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has attracted 16 co-sponsors, including several potential 2020 presidential candidates: Sens. Cory Booker (N.J.), Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), Kamala D. Harris (Calif.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.).
Other potential Democratic presidential candidates signing on to the Sanders bill include Sens. Cory Booker (N.J.), Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Kamala D. Harris (Calif.), Jeff Merkley (Ore.) and Elizabeth Warren (Mass.). Sanders's proposal would move the United States to a single-payer health-care system, and he estimates that such a system would save $6 trillion over a decade.
The New York Times: John McCain, Cancer Survivor, Is Voted By Senate To Limit Trump's Authority To Sanction Syria
The Senate voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to curtail President Trump's power to launch a strike on Syria, asserting its role as a check on the president. The measure, which also limits Mr. Trump's ability to lift sanctions against Russia, was a remarkable, if largely symbolic, rebuke of a president who has flouted Congress on a range of issues. The vote on whether to limit the president's authority to order strikes against Syria, to only thirty days, was 97 to 2. The vote on extending sanctions against Russia to 2025 was 98 to 2.
The vote was the latest example of how a president who campaigned as a strident opponent of military intervention in the Middle East has been forced to rely on Congress to assert his authority to wage war. Mr. Trump's decision to strike Syria in early April was also seen as a signal to others around the world that he would not hesitate to use military force. But that did not quell concerns in Congress, where members demanded that Mr. Trump seek authorization for further action.
The Senate blocked a similar resolution in December to end American support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen. Mr. Trump has continued to support the Saudi-led coalition despite its role in the deaths of thousands of civilians.
The New York Times: For Speaker, Trump Backs Representative McCarthy, Who Has No Experience Handling Legislation
President Trump is leaning toward Representative Kevin McCarthy of California to become the next House speaker, three people familiar with the president's thinking said on Wednesday, with Mr. McCarthy's chief rival, the House majority leader, Representative Steve Scalise of Louisiana, considered less likely to prevail in a chaotic race.
Mr. McCarthy, who has not previously served as speaker or minority leader, has long been a protégé of Mr. Boehner. In 2015, he took over as House majority leader after Mr. Boehner resigned, with Mr. Scalise as his right-hand man. His close relationship with Mr. Trump has been a boon to him as he has climbed the ranks of the House Republican leadership.
Mr. McCarthy has been a reliable Trump ally, supporting the president's proposed border wall with Mexico and his hard-line views on trade with China — positions often at odds with those of Mr. Ryan. He has also backed Mr. Trump's pushes to impose tariffs on steel imports and foreign-made goods — a position that has angered Republican leaders in industries like agriculture, which relies heavily on exports.
Mr. Scalise, who has served as majority whip since 2014, has been a staunch conservative, a reliable Trump ally and a champion of the president's push to overhaul the tax code. But he is also a staunch social conservative opposed to abortion and gay rights.
The Wall Street Journal: Trump, McCarthy Talk, But No Final Decision
President Donald Trump spoke on the phone with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Wednesday about the race to replace Speaker Paul Ryan, but the President left no doubt that he was keeping his options open, a White House official said. Mr. Trump “had a good conversation with Kevin McCarthy,” the official said. “He's the leader of the majority right now and more than happy to have him consider running for speaker.” The official said the president “will have a conversation with the other folks” who are running, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and Budget Chairman Steve Womack.
The New York Times: Who Are the Democratic Candidates for President?
As the Democratic primary season begins, it's worth remembering that a significant number of powerful Democratic elected officials have not yet decided whether to run for president. And one place to look for clues is in the lists of people turning down invitations to speak at their local fund-raising dinners, where presidential candidates traditionally begin their campaigns.
Mr. Biden, who will turn 78 just before the