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Sarah Kliff and Ezra Klein at Vox laid out the lessons Republicans can take away from the construction of Obamacare to help their quest to build Trumpcare. But since you probably don't have time to read 9,000+ words…

  1. In health policy, every tweak is always going to create a winner and a loser.
  2. Any serious and lasting changes to health policy are going to require 60 votes in the Senate.
  3. Any party that tweaks the health system has to be ready to become both a savior and boogeyman.
  4. People love the status quo when it comes to their health insurance, so changes must be incremental and transparent.
  5. The private sector can help, but it can also decide that it no longer wants to play ball.
  6. Americans want health care to personally cost less for them — they're much less concerned about overall costs.
  7. Focus on bringing down medical prices; that's the key to bring down premiums and deductibles.

Their parting message for the GOP: "Don't overpromise and don't mislead."

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House passes George Floyd Justice in Policing Act

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The House voted 219-211 on Wednesday evening to pass a policing bill named for George Floyd, the Black man whose death in Minneapolis last year led to nationwide protests against police brutality and racial injustice.

Why it matters: The legislation overhauls qualified immunity for police officers, bans chokeholds at the federal level, prohibits no-knock warrants in federal drug cases and outlaws racial profiling.

Senate Republicans plan to exact pain before COVID relief vote

Sen. Ron Johnson. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Republicans are demanding a full, 600-page bill reading — and painful, multi-hour "vote-a-rama" — as Democrats forge ahead with their plan to pass President Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package.

Why it matters: The procedural war is aimed at forcing Democrats to defend several parts the GOP considers unnecessary and partisan. While the process won't substantially impact the final version of the mammoth bill, it'll provide plenty of ammunition for future campaign messaging.

The new grifters: outrage profiteers

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As Republicans lost the Senate and narrowly missed retaking the House, millions of dollars in grassroots donations were diverted to a handful of 2020 congressional campaigns challenging high-profile Democrats that, realistically, were never going to succeed.

Why it matters: Call it the outrage-industrial complex. Slick fundraising consultants market candidates contesting some of their party’s most reviled opponents. Well-meaning donors pour money into dead-end campaigns instead of competitive contests. The only winner is the consultants.