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WA senators pan Trumpcare revision, Idaho’s studying it

In a Democratic leadership news conference shortly after Senate Republican leadership unveiled its revised health care legislation, Sen. Patty Murray tried to use President Donald Trump’s words against him in her assessment of the proposal.

“If he called the House bill mean … can you imagine what he’s going to say about this bill?” Washington’s senior senator said. “They made this bill worse, even meaner.”

It hurts women’s health by cutting money for Planned Parenthood and doesn’t provide enough money to fight the nation’s problem with opioid addiction, she said.

Republican leaders “caved” to the most conservative members of their caucus by adding a provision that would allow insurance companies to offer plans with less coverage, she said. That would shift the cost and lead to higher rates for anyone who is not young and healthy, she contended. Read more. Jim Camden/Betsy Russell/SR




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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.