John Barrasso

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American president Donald Trump gets a pat on the back from senior Republicans. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

After seven years of trying to repeal Barack Obama’s healthcare reforms, Republicans in the House of Representatives marked Thursday’s passage of a bi(...)

“The Affordable Care Act has faced nonstop attacks from partisans and right-wing media, with mainstream news also tending to harp on the act’s troubles.” Photograph: EPA/Jim Lo Scalzo

How many Americans know how health reform is going? For that matter, how many people in the news media are following the positive developments? I s(...)

Last weekend Republican senator John Barrasso (right) claimed the  Affordable Care Act  had “proven to be unpopular, unworkable and unaffordable”. But he was wrong about everything, even the “unpopular” bit. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

US senator John Barrasso of Wyoming delivered the weekly Republican address last Saturday. He ignored Syria, presumably because his party is deeply co(...)