So Much for States’ Rights — GOP Senator Wants to Ban State Single Payer In New Health Care Bill


LOUISIANA REPUBLICAN SEN. John Kennedy plans to use the most recent effort to repeal and replace portions of the Affordable Care Act to push an amendment that would bar states from enacting their own single-payer systems, he told reporters on Monday.When asked by The Intercept on Tuesday about the status of his legislation, Kennedy said that the bill’s co-sponsors, Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Bill Cassidy, R-La., told him that the measure already bans single payer, but that he was welcome to offer his amendment either way.“I don’t think states should have the authority to take money from the American taxpayer and set up a single-payer system,” Kennedy said. “Now some people think that that’s inconsistent with the idea of flexibility. But that’s what the United States Congress is for. I very much believe in flexibility, and I know the governors want flexibility. But it’s our job to make sure that that money is properly spent.”

Source: So Much for States’ Rights — GOP Senator Wants to Ban State Single Payer In New Health Care Bill

Georgia GOP Rep. Tells Former Colleague She May ‘Go Missing’ Over Criticism of Confederate Monuments


A Georgia advocate for removing confederate monuments gets a not-so-veiled-threat from a GOP lawmaker.

Source: Georgia GOP Rep. Tells Former Colleague She May ‘Go Missing’ Over Criticism of Confederate Monuments

Republican Lawmakers Buy Health Insurance Stocks as Repeal Effort Moves Forward


Just as the House Republican bill to slash much of the Affordable Care Act moved forward, some lawmakers started trading health care stocks.

Source: Republican Lawmakers Buy Health Insurance Stocks as Repeal Effort Moves Forward

Why one US Republican voted to kill privacy rules: “Nobody has to use the Internet” | Ars Technica UK


A Republican lawmaker who voted to eliminate Internet privacy rules said, “Nobody’s got to use the Internet” when asked why ISPs should be able to use and share their customers’ Web browsing history for advertising purposes.

Source: Why one US Republican voted to kill privacy rules: “Nobody has to use the Internet” | Ars Technica UK

Senate votes to let US ISPs sell Web browsing history to advertisers | Ars Technica UK


ISP now stands for “invading subscriber privacy,” Democratic senator says.

Source: Senate votes to let US ISPs sell Web browsing history to advertisers | Ars Technica UK

Force employees to take DNA tests for bosses? We’ve got a new law to make that happen, beam House Republicans • The Register


Give us your genes or pay 50% more for company healthcare

Source: Force employees to take DNA tests for bosses? We’ve got a new law to make that happen, beam House Republicans • The Register

Sen. Joni Ernst Puts Planned Parenthood — and Access to Birth Control — on the Chopping Block


Stripping Planned Parenthood of federal funding could seriously damage the networks of providers that offer women’s health services, leaving thousands of women without access to preventive care.

Source: Sen. Joni Ernst Puts Planned Parenthood — and Access to Birth Control — on the Chopping Block

Republican-led FCC drops court defense of inmate calling rate cap | Ars Technica


FCC lawyers no longer authorized to defend intrastate calling caps.

Source: Republican-led FCC drops court defense of inmate calling rate cap | Ars Technica

GOP tells FCC to just stop what it’s doing until Trump is inaugurated | Ars Technica


Set-top box rules and other changes could be dead in Obama’s final months.

Source: GOP tells FCC to just stop what it’s doing until Trump is inaugurated | Ars Technica

House Science Committee now wants to see SEC’s e-mails, too | Ars Technica


Congressman continues crusade against Exxon securities fraud investigations.

Source: House Science Committee now wants to see SEC’s e-mails, too | Ars Technica