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An Inexperienced Congress and Cabinet

Sabato’s Crystal Ball

By The Editors

Several times a year, Bruce Mehlman releases a fascinating PowerPoint presentation filled with interesting nuggets about American politics and government. Mehlman, a Republican lobbyist with the bipartisan firm Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas, is a University of Virginia Law School graduate and friend of the Crystal Ball.

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Mehlman’s Hot/Not List

Politico

By By Isaac Arnsdorf

Bruce Mehlman’s latest slide deck has his own out and in list. Highlights include: GOP civil war/Dem civil war; press conferences/tweet storms; opposition research/hacking; sustainability initiatives/onshoring manufacturing.

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Trump’s pre-presidency, by the numbers

Fortune

By Tory Newmyer

We’re 75 hours out from President Trump’s inauguration, and Republican lobbyist Bruce Mehlman is bracing for an earthquake. In the latest installment of his quarterly slide-deck for clients, Mehlman puts some hard numbers to the new order that’s about to take hold in Washington.

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Outlook for 2017: Healthcare Re-Reform

Modern Healthcare

By Harris Meyer

2017 had been shaping up as a year focused on fixing the Affordable Care Act’s insurance markets, slowing prescription drug price hikes, expanding Medicaid, improving mental healthcare and spreading value-based payment and delivery. Suddenly there’s a new, more conservative agenda. And almost everything in healthcare is up in the air.

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Republicans’ Plans to Repeal Obamacare Could Be More Disruptive Than The Law Itself

Los Angeles Times

By Noam N. Levey

In the summer of 2013, as state and federal officials readied new insurance marketplaces created through the Affordable Care Act, millions of Americans started getting disquieting notices from their insurers. Health plans were being canceled because they didn’t comply with the law, often called Obamacare.

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A Look at the ACA After Trump’s Election

USA Today

By Julie Rovner and Chad Terhune

Six years into building its business around the Affordable Care Act, the nation’s $3 trillion health care industry may be losing that political playbook. Industry leaders, like many voters, were stunned by the election of Donald Trump and unprepared for Republicans’ plans to “repeal and replace” Obamacare.

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