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Now vs. Then: Senate Republicans on Health Care Overhaul
Some singing same song, others flip flop

A group of 13 Senate Republicans worked on the health care overhaul bill released Thursday. From left, Sens. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas on June 6, 2017. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Prior to the release of Senate legislation to overhaul U.S. health care Thursday, Democrats took aim at Republican leadership for crafting a bill largely behind closed doors.

Seven years ago, roles were reversed as Senate Republicans railed against Democrats for a lack of transparency in the passage of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law. 

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Ep. 38: The Prickly Road Ahead for Repealing Obamacare
The Week Ahead

CQ Roll Call Health reporter Joe Williams brings us up to speed on the developments of Republican efforts to decimate Obamacare, what came out of the GOP policy retreat in Philadelphia and whether President Donald Trump’s executive order makes any difference.

Show Notes:

House and Senate Preview: Obamacare Repeal Set Up and Trump Cabinet Hearings

White House Watch: No Chance For a Smooth Transition?

The Certainty of Death, Taxes, and White Evangelicals
Faithful made up one-quarter of the electorate (again) and voted big for Trump

President-elect Donald Trump, seen here at the Republican National Convention in July, won white evangelical voters by the largest margin in recent memory. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

As the electorate evolves with each election cycle because of changing demographics, there is one constant: white evangelicals. Once again, they made up one-quarter of the electorate and voted heavily for the Republican presidential nominee.

White voters, as a share of the electorate, have been on a steady descent from 88 percent in 1980 to 70 percent in the most recent election, according to exit polling. Yet the share of white evangelical voters has remained remarkably static.

Warren Urges Obama to Replace SEC Chairwoman
Agency chief shows 'brazen conduct' on political disclosure, senator says

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren wants Mary Jo White removed from her current SEC post over her inaction on pressing for new disclosure rules. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren took her long-running feud with the chairwoman of the Securities and Exchange Commission to a new level Friday, calling on President Barack Obama to remove Mary Jo White from the helm of the agency.

The Massachusetts Democrat said White's reluctance to press for new disclosure rules, including those that would compel public companies to reveal more about their political spending, was "undermining" the administration. Warren also called on Obama to pledge that he would veto any year-end spending measure that includes a block on such new rules.