They want us to believe Trumpcare is dead — but if that's true, why do we keep hearing talk about a bill that BEARS AN UNCANNY RESEMBLANCE TO TRUMPCARE????
- Bloomberg got the Twitters all worked up yesterday with a report that the House could try to vote on the bill again next week. It cited two Republican lawmakers, but House Ways and Means Committee chairman Kevin Brady said: "I don't think there's any truth to that. None." AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman for House Speaker Paul Ryan, tweeted: "Now seems like an appropriate time to remind folks to be careful what they read."
- There's also a members-only meeting among Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans, but I'm told it's not anything to get too excited about.
Bottom line: Maybe we will find out sometime soon that there's been a breakthrough and Trumpcare is alive again, because either conservatives or moderates caved or both. But now is not the time to freak out, because nothing has changed. We'll tell you when it's time to freak out.
Watch the smaller bills: Now Sen. Lamar Alexander is pushing a bill to let people buy any state-approved health insurance if all of the Obamacare insurers left.