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PBC News & Comment: GOP Unveils Obamacare Replacement Plan, and It Sucks

Trump promised his healthcare reform would be “beautiful”, make us “very happy”; only rich people and insurance companies can agree….–GOP plan hammers the poor and lower middle class, bases subsidies on age while allowing insurers to gouge older people

–House Repub leaders hope to ram through repeal and “reform” this week, but have refused to “score it” to estimate actual cost and number of people who lose coverage

–setting up Trump as “good cop”, the plan cuts all funding to Planned Parenthood; nudged by Ivanka, our stern father offers a Faustian bargain

–American women plan strike and protests tomorrow

–in latest in-depth interview, we talk to authors of 3 new books about activism in the age of Trump, including comments about renewed activism by women

–WikiLeaks releases Vault 7, CIA files that show spooks can hack encrypted message services, smart TV’s and other devices

–retired British spy Christopher Steele resurfaces, a big setback for Rachel Maddow’s spy thriller coverage

–former British MP, now Fox executive, Louise Mensch is source for reports of FISA court action related to Trump campaign

–ThinkProgress reports Trump did meet with Russian ambassador last year, despite flat denials

–Trump tweets another lie, blaming Obama for all released Gitmo prisoners who re-engaged

–as US delivers Thaad missile defense system to South Korea, riling China

–revised travel ban is released as migrants sneak to the border—the Canadian border

–check out the amusing establishment denials of an American “deep state” in this NY Times report

–Trump administration surprises Israel with strong warning against annexation of West Bank

–Sen. Dianne Feinstein opposes David Friedman as US ambassador to Israel, and calls for independent prosecutor in Russia controversy