Daily Clips: March 23, 2017
Obama did not mention the Republican plan to undo the law, which introduced the greatest expansion of healthcare coverage in more than a generation, but urged lawmakers to work together to “make our healthcare system better, not worse for hardworking Americans”. It was one of his most significant interventions in US politics since he left office.
A new Quinnipiac University poll suggests that just 17 percent of the public approves of the Republican Party’s American Health Care Act, while 56 percent disapproves. When it comes to who has strong feelings, the news is even worse: Only 6 percent of respondents say they strongly approve of the law, and a whopping 43 percent strongly disapproves.
Responding to a question about cuts to the Meals on Wheels program that delivers food to senior citizens, Mulvaney said, “Meals on Wheels sounds great” but “we’re not going to spend [money] on programs that cannot show that they actually deliver promises that we’ve made to people.” He said that gutting domestic spending in favor of defense spending “is one of the most compassionate things we can do.”
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— Steven Greenhouse (@greenhousenyt) March 23, 2017