Jon Hecht
Jon is a politics junkie living in Brooklyn. He talks too much with too many opinions, and sometimes even writes out those for you to read. He is having trouble spending waking moments not thinking about the election. There is usually a part of his brain thinking about polling averages in Ohio.

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Trump Blames Democrats For The AHCA Being Killed

After seven years of promising to repeal and replace Obamacare, along with Donald Trump's campaign claim he'd repeal Obamacare "on Day 1" in office, the Republican attempt to undo former President Obama's Affordable Care Act fell apart before it even came up for a vote in the House of Representatives. The new president laid blame, not on the Republicans who couldn't stick together as a caucus to pass the bill, but on the opposite party. According to New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, Trump…

By Jon Hecht

Donald Trump Should Have Taken His Own Advice

On Friday afternoon, the nascent Trump administration was dealt a body blow with the failure of its first major legislative goal, the Republican attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare. The bill ended up attacked from all sides — it was massively unpopular among the general public due to expectations it would raise health care costs for many and dump millions off their insurance, while simultaneously being unpopular among hard-line conservatives for not pulling back enough from the Affordable Ca…

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People Hate Trump's Budget Director Maternity Plan

Despite promises to repeal Obamacare, the American Health Care Act is massively unpopular, which is part of why President Trump's bill to replace the Affordable Care Act is likely going down in Congress. The bill faced opposition from many sides, including from constituents and medical advocacy groups, conservative think tanks and members of Congress, and of course, Democrats. Speaking to CBS Friday morning, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney defended moving rules about covering maternity…

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Obama's ACA Anniversary Statement Shows Why It's So Hard To Repeal

Thursday marks the seven year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, President Obama's signature health care law, passed in 2010. It also marks the day Republicans were expected to vote on whether to repeal the ACA, but Republicans postponed that vote, realizing it probably wouldn't succeed. They're discovering, after seven years, that repealing and replacing Obamacare is easier said than done. At this point, the vote on the Republican health plan is in serious jeopardy. As the first major leg…

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Does Planned Parenthood Help Men? You Bet

In the midst of the many debates overs the merits and flaws of the American Health Care Act, the Republican attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare, one issue has stood out as especially controversial: a provision in the bill that would defund Planned Parenthood and similar health providers. For over 40 years, the government has already prohibited federal funds from paying for abortions, but Planned Parenthood received support for its litany of health care services. In the GOP's long battle agai…

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Who Was The Police Officer Stabbed At Westminster?

On Wednesday afternoon, an active shooting outside the British Parliament was reported. While many of the details of the incident are not yet confirmed, there are reports that a police officer was stabbed by an alleged assailant, as noted by Politico Europe. According to the BBC, the attacker attempted to stab a police officer and brought him to the ground, causing plainclothes officers to open fire on the assailant. Sounds of shots fired were by the police against the suspect. The victim of the…

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Democrats Should Put Forward Their Own Health Bill

The debate over the Republican replacement for Obamacare is raging in the House and Senate with relatively minimal input from Democrats. The fate of the bill will end up being determined by whether or not the coterie of conservative Republicans who think the bill is too generous in helping people buy health insurance can come to agreement with the moderate ones who balk at taking health care away from millions of their constituents. So, what are the Democrats supposed to do? Admittedly without c…

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What Does Trumpcare Mean For You?

After seven years, of unclear promises, we finally saw Monday afternoon the Republican plan to replace Obamacare. The bill is in somewhat of a spot of trouble. The American Health Care Act (AHCA) is facing opposition not only from Democrats who are upset that it will cut taxes for the rich while cutting healthcare for the poor, as well as from many Republicans who are upset that it preserves the Affordable Care Act's basic structure. That structure — giving subsidies to encourage Americans to…

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The ACLU Wants To Fight Trump In The Streets

The American Civil Liberties Union has had quite a year so far, and we're only in March. Shortly after Donald Trump was sworn in, the ACLU sued the president on behalf of an Iraqi immigrant who was detained at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City under the executive order banning immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. During the turbulent weekend following the travel ban, as protests mounted at airports around the country, the advocacy group saw a surge of donations.…

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How Senior Citizens Could Bring Down Trumpcare

The rollout of the American Health Care Act, the Republicans' plan to replace Obamacare, has been a feeding frenzy for political groups of all persuasions. Democrats have taken aim, claiming the American Health Care Act cuts coverage to poor people while cutting taxes for the rich. A surprisingly strong chorus of attacks has come from conservatives within the Republican Party, as well, complaining that the bill will preserve most of the structure of the Affordable Care Act instead of reforming A…

By Jon Hecht