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Analysis: GOP Health Bill Could Cost NC Billions

Senate Republicans' efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act are once again floundering. The bill currently lacks enough support. But many times the effort has been called dead, only for it to reemerge. The bill would need to pass by Friday. Health groups are scrambling to find out the impact. The Kaiser Family Foundation found that the original version of the so-called Graham-Cassidy bill would have cost North Carolina more than 8 billion dollars in federal funding. Rachel Garfield is a senior researcher with Kaiser and one of the authors of the analysis. She spoke with BPR's Jeremy Loeb.

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Donald Trump has revivified the silent protest begun last year by football player Colin Kapaernick, who began to kneel during the performance of the national anthem at the beginning of football games to draw attention to racially motivated violence and unrest in the country.

Saturday night, music legend Stevie Wonder told the crowd gathered in Central Park: "Tonight, I'm taking a knee for America ... but not just one knee — I'm taking both knees." Wonder's brief speech was met with deafening applause.

Sunday was a historic day for the intersection of sports and politics.

Widespread protests in the National Football League, the most popular professional sport in America, were shown on broadcast channels across the country.

Stick to sports? Not this week. Whether sports fans wanted to see it or not, they couldn't avoid politics.

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Senate Republicans' efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act are once again floundering.  The bill currently lacks enough support.  But many times the effort has been called dead, only for it to reemerge.  The bill would need to pass by Friday.  Health groups are scrambling to find out the impact.  The Kaiser Family Foundation found that the original version of the so-called Graham-Cassidy bill would have cost North Carolina more than 8 billion dollars in federal funding.  Rachel Garfield is a senior researcher with Kaiser and one of the authors of the analysis.  She spoke with BPR's Jeremy Loeb.

The Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson health care legislation will get its sole hearing in the Senate’s Finance Committee on Monday. The bill would repeal the Affordable Care Act and give money to states to design their own health insurance systems.

The Russia investigation is winding in a myriad of directions, but the latest news suggests Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman, may be at the center of the probe. News reports say Manafort was under surveillance by counterintelligence agencies, and that he had regular contacts with Russians close to the Kremlin.

NFL players and owners continue to react Monday after President Trump’s weekend tweets about how players who decide to kneel or sit out during the national anthem should be suspended or fired. Players and owners protested in a variety of ways Sunday at football games around the country, while some fans booed from the stands.

During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump often singled out one reporter at campaign rallies, saying she and the rest of the news media weren’t covering the story right.

Over the weekend, NFL players and athletes from other professional leagues responded to President Trump’s demand that the NFL fire or suspend players who don’t stand for the national anthem.

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President Trump says he believes that football players who “take a knee” during the national anthem should be fired.

NPR’s Domenico Montanaro (@DomenicoNPR) joins Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson to discuss the political fallout, as well as the latest on Trump’s new travel ban and GOP efforts to replace provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

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Republican Senators Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana are defending their proposal to replace Obamacare today in a Senate hearing.  The Senate Finance Committee begins its deliberations on the bill around 2:00 PM Eastern Time.

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