Just 2 years old when he was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy, 27-year-old Raul Carranza is now a first-year law student who credits Medi-Cal (California's version of Medicare) with keeping him alive. For Carranza and others like him facing life-threatening diseases, the passage of Trumpcare could be nothing short of a death sentence.
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While Republicans in Washington try to take health care away from people, and a Democrat obstructs statewide single-payer in California, legislators in Massachusetts last week introduced single-payer legislation in both chambers of the state House. What makes this effort unique is the simultaneous introduction in both chambers of legislation to ensure health care cost control.
Sen. Bob Corker wrote a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Monday informing the top diplomat that future weapons sales to Persian Gulf coast countries would face more restrictions. The missive arrived at the secretary's desk as the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf is dealing with a diplomatic crisis.