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Episode Info: The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office released its estimate late today on how much repealing the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) and replacing it with the American Health Care Plan (the Republican plan) will cost Americans in money and health care. The CBO's picture isn't pretty, but it aligns with most other estimates since GOP leadership unveiled their plan last week. Some 14 million Americans will go without health insurance in 2018 under the Republican scheme, according to the estimate, and some 24 million Americans will go without by 2026, as compared to projections for the current law. Hardest hit areas, as a number of reports over the weekend have found: Rural areas where support for Donald Trump was highest in the 2016 election. Then:  as Trump prepares to announce his budget proposal to slash billions of dollars and tens of thousands of federal jobs from non-military programs, hundreds (if not thousands) of key roles at Executive Branch agencies across the federal government remain unfilled. In the meantime, Trump appointees -- many of them unnamed campaign supporters with no government experience or lobbyists -- are now heading up "beachhead" transition teams at those federal agencies on behalf of the Trump Administration. Jeff Hauser of the Revolving Door Project at the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) joins us to explain what that means, and the havoc these largely unnamed and unknown Trumpers are able to wreak on government and policy while barely even being noticed by media or Congress.  Is this what Trump's top White House strategist Steve Bannon meant recently when calling for the "deconstruction of the administrative state"? If so, it's coming along nicely..Read more »

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