For many, the heart of the health care debate is the ability of patients to choose their own health care, including whether to buy insurance and which doctor to see.
The Republican position on health care has been based upon a belief in individual choice. Here's how their own versions of health care bills eroded choice, however, and how they also did harm.
Sen. Robert Dole, Republican of Kansas, left, with Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Democrat of New York, on Capitol Hill in 1993.
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While current congressional leaders are digging in their heels along party lines, it might be good to take a step back and consider how two Senate leaders in the 1980s reached across the aisle.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ahead of a vote on the health care bill.
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Mitch McConnell gets a win, and the Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare will be debated in the Senate.
Mitch McConnell has a majority in the Senate –
but his mission to push President Trump’s legislative agenda has been far from easy.
Why would McConnell push a vote to repeal Obamacare when he knows it won't pass? It's not as crazy as it sounds.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, shown here in June, 2017, is the architect of the new version of the Senate health care bill released today.
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Republicans have had a hard time dismantling the Affordable Care Act, despite their promises. That could be because they are operating under certain beliefs about health care that are not accurate.
A woman speaks up at a town hall gathering with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) in March 2017.
Almost nine million women gained insurance coverage from the Affordable Care Act. Here's why women could be set back by Republican bills to undo the ACA.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who announced June 27 that a vote on the Senate health care bill has been delayed until after the July 4 recess.
The health care bill proposed by Senate Republicans was little better than the House version, which begs an important question: Who's driving health care law – a free market or insurance companies?
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) smiles after he unveiled the Senate health care bill on June 22, 2017.
The Senate released its new health care bill on June 22, 2017, and it differs slightly from a bill passed by the House in May. Read what our experts have written in recent months about key pieces.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republican leaders at the Capitol on June 6, 2017.
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Senate Republicans have been trying to find a way to get enough votes to repeal Obamacare. Here's how their delay could lead to a result they did not expect – more Medicaid.
Protesters against repeal of the ACA in Los Angeles on Jan. 14.
Other major laws to improve the health of Americans faced opposition, but none has faced the wrath that Obamacare has faced. Here's a look at what's different in the political response to Obamacare.
Who will join their ranks now – and when?
The last time a president nominated a Supreme Court justice during his last year in office was in the tumultuous year of 1968. It didn't go well.
Obama has some difficult steps to climb to appoint a justice to replace Antonin Scalia.
There are just four steps to appointing a Supreme Court justice -- but that's not to say it's going to be an easy process for Obama.
Exasperating both the White House and the Republican leadership
The expiry at midnight, Sunday of three key provisions of the Patriot Act has thrown Washington into turmoil and halted surveillance programs – a panel of scholars gives their verdicts.
Court says no to government sifting through metadata.
The Second Circuit Court of Appeals went beyond striking down the NSA's metadata surveillance program; the court also created a road map for Congress to balance privacy and security issues
How often do politicians lie?
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There may be only one way to tell the truth, but there are at least five ways to "lie." And our politicians seem to be the master of this art. A scholar decides to teach this to his students.
Republican senator Mitch McConnell says the new climate deal will let China “do nothing” until 2030. Far from it.
“As I read the agreement it requires the Chinese to do nothing at all for 16 years while these carbon emissions regulations are creating havoc in my state and around the country.” – US Republican Senate…
Citizens too have a role in fixing things
Now that Capitol Hill has turned red, the debate has turned to whether this will increase gridlock or not. Certainly from the perspective of the President it will. He can expect vastly more difficulty…
It’s a new team in charge of the Senate
Midterm elections in American politics are akin to a reset button and on November 4, 2014 the American people pushed that reset button in a big way. The Founders of the American Constitution set up an…
Polls are open. Which campaigns’ ground games will outlast the election?
In the final Election Day push, more and more focus is being shifted to the “ground game,” or the effort campaigns make to identify and turn out voters. From Massachusetts to Alaska, New Hampshire to Colorado…