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  • ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The founder of the conservative House Freedom Caucus said the Republican Party cannot compromise on its promise to fully repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare."We didn't tell the American people we're going to repeal it -- except we're going to keep the Medicaid expansion," Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos on This Week Sunday."We didn't tell the American people we're going to repeal it -- except we're going to keep some of the tax increases that some are talking about. We told them we were going to repeal it and replace it with a market-centered, patient-centered plan that actually brings back affordable health insurance," Jordan said.Stephanopoulos asked Jordan to respond to Republican Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, Jordan's home state, who appeared Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation" and said, "I think there are some very conservative Republicans in the House who are going to say just get rid of the whole thing. And, you know, that's not acceptable when you have 20 million people, or 700,000 people in my state. Because where do the mentally ill go? Where do the drug-addicted go?""Sounds like he's talking about you. What's your answer to your governor?" Stephanopoulos asked Jordan."Remember what the American people were sold," Jordan said. "They were sold a bill of goods on this thing. I tell people, they were sold a Caribbean cruise and they got the Titanic."Obamacare has "all these mandates, all these regulations," he continued. "If [people] don't buy it, they're going to get penalized ... That's what Americans are living under now."Jordan said the GOP-led Congress should "put on President Trump's desk the exact same plan we put on President Obama's desk just a year and a half ago.""And you're confident you have the votes for that?" Stephanopoulos asked."We better have the votes for that because that's what we told the people, and I'm confident President Trump wants to do that," Jordan said.
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  • WFAA(NEW YORK) --  Patrick Edmond walks about 12 miles nearly every day just to get to work.The 52-year-old, who lives in Plano, Texas, works at a Braum's -- an ice cream shop and burger restaurant -- in McKinney, Texas. Though he usually gets a ride back home from work, he has to walk over a bridge and along several highways to get there.Though the two-and-a half-hour commute might dishearten many, Edmond said he actually loves and appreciates the long walk. He keeps a positive spirit."Some people drive, some people ride bicycles -- and I happen to walk," he told ABC affiliate WFAA in Dallas. "I would love to have a car, but the car don’t make the person." Edmond said that, during his commute, he likes to reflect and think about the people he has encountered and the experiences he has gone through.On Feb. 18, a police officer met Edmonds and was touched by his story.The officer encountered Edmond walking along a highway in McKinney after a caller reported seeing him and expressed concern for his safety, according to Sgt. Ana Shelley, the public information officer for the McKinney Police Department."The officer found him, asked if he was OK and offered him a ride," Shelley told ABC News. "Through the course of the ride, they chit-chatted a bit, and the officer was impressed with his work ethic and positive attitude despite having to walk two and a half hours to work almost every day."  The McKinney Police Department posted about the inspirational encounter on Facebook, saying that the officer believed "everyone should know about Patrick [Edmond]."The Facebook post has received more than 6,200 reactions and has been shared more than 1,100 times as of this afternoon.LoEster Posey, Edmond’s aunt, told WFAA that she was shocked when she saw the post on her social media feed, because she hadn't seen Edmond in years.Posey said that Edmond had closed himself off a few years ago after going through "a lot of hard blows in life.""He took nobody's phone calls," Posey said.Edmond's parents died just a few years apart, she said, and his best friend died of a drug overdose. For a while, she said, Edmond also struggled with addiction.On Tuesday, Posey found Edmond along his walk and offered him a ride.After years apart, the two shared an emotional reunion in Posey's car."I’m so proud of you, Patrick," Posey told Edmond with tears in her eyes.Edmond told WFAA he usually does not accept many rides, but this one with his aunt was much needed."It’s wild. It’s humbling," he said.  The 52-year-old was reminded that he has family just around the corner and that he's not alone, WFAA reported.Braum's, the restaurant chain where Edmond works, told ABC News in a statement that Edmond "is a hard-working and dedicated employee" who has been with the company for almost a year."He always has a smile on his face and a jump in his step," Braum's said. "We cannot say enough about Patrick. His commitment to his work is remarkable and we commend him. We look forward to what the future has in store for him."The company said it was only made aware of Edmond's commute to work, on foot, this weekend, after his story aired on a local news station."Once we learned about his situation, we began looking into the matter with our management team in the area," Braum's said. The company learned Edmond previously worked at a store in Plano, Texas, where he lives, but after he was offered a promotion to work at the store in McKinney, he transferred."During his interview for the new position, he was asked if he had reliable transportation and he informed the district manager that he did," Braum's said. "We take the health, safety and well-being of our employees seriously. So, [Edmond] was offered a chance to transfer back to a store in Plano with his promotion intact."However, Edmond "is so excited about his new position that he has elected to continue working in McKinney," the company said."You just got to get up and keep going,
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  • Steve Granitz/WireImage via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Despite being nominated for an Academy Award, Natalie Portman won't be attending the ceremony Sunday.A rep for the actress told ABC News that the Jackie star would like to attend the show, but can't because of her pregnancy.The Oscar winner and her husband Benjamin Millepied announced they were expecting their second child last September. They are already parents to a 5-year-old son."Due to my pregnancy, I am unable to attend the Independent Spirit Awards and the Academy Awards," the statement read. "I feel so lucky to be honored among my fellow nominees and wish them the most beautiful of weekends."Portman was nominated for best lead actress for her role as Jackie Kennedy in the historical film, Jackie. In the film, she details the former first lady's life a week after the assassination of her husband, President John F. Kennedy.
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  • Tannin Pease(NEW YORK) -- A grandmother got the surprise of her life Saturday when her son and daughter-in-law revealed they were expecting -- just two days before the baby was born.Tannin Pease of Roy, Utah, captured the moment when his mom, Carolynn Pease, learned she was going to be a grandma for the 11th time."Speechless," Tannin Pease told ABC News of his mother's reaction. "You see it in the video but ultimately, it was better than I expected. I thought she was going to hit me, but she turned around and hit my dad and kind of laughed it off."After Tannin, 30, and his wife Katie Pease, 26, learned they were expecting their third child, they decided to wait to tell friends and family until they found out the baby's gender. The couple had two miscarriages after the birth of their second child so this time didn't want to share the news too soon, Katie Pease told ABC News."We had already been through two miscarriages where we told people we were pregnant and then we had to tell them we weren't anymore," Katie said. "That was heartbreaking and we didn't want to have to go through that again, so it helped waiting so long."Except for telling Katie's close family and one or two friends, the couple kept quiet about the pregnancy. As Tannin's family lives in another state, Montana, he said it wasn't too difficult keeping the secret."We Skyped them every once in awhile, but we just made sure to keep the belly out of the picture and keep the two grandkids the center of attention," Tannin said.Both Tannin and Katie changed their Facebook settings so all tagged photos required approval before being posted. Katie also wore baggier clothes than normal and "stayed home a lot," she said.Katie had a scheduled induction Feb. 19, which happens to be the birthday of Tannin's mother, Carolynn.When on Feb. 18, Carolynn visited her son and daughter-in-law, Tannin met her at the door to tell her that not only was she going to have another grandchild, but the baby would come a day or two later.Tannin's dad, Jeff, had learned of the pregnancy during the fifth month, but to Carolynn, it was a wonderful surprise."When we Skyped and I saw [Katie's] face, I thought, 'Oh she stopped jogging. That's OK ... no judgment here," Carolynn, 57, told ABC News with a laugh. "I didn't really expect to hear anything this soon especially with the last miscarriage they had, which was traumatic. I was just completely floored. I feel really elated because they've a hard time and I was really excited for them. I thought the whole thing was very thoughtful to surprise me.""[My mom] said to me that it was the best birthday present she's ever had and was super excited to be able to hold another grandchild," Tannin said. "She loved the surprise too."He posted a video of his mom's reaction on Facebook with an announcement for the rest of their friends and family.On Feb. 20 at 10:09 a.m., Saul Pease was born weighing 7 pounds, 7 ounces. He joins big brothers Cooper, 4, and Gray, 2.Katie Pease said their extended family and friends were shocked that the couple was able to pull off such a big surprise."A lot of people, they were wondering how on earth we did it," she said. "We had a couple of people say, 'Did you lock her up in a closet?' But it just worked out, I guess. People eventually saw us and a couple of pregnancy photos and a picture of the baby and were like, 'You really did it!'"When grandma Carolynn was asked what she will do if one of her kids surprises her again nine months into a pregnancy, she said, "They won't. I am on alert."
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  • Jemal Countess/Getty Images(FORT WORTH, Texas) -- Former President George W. Bush's daughter, Barbara Pierce Bush, is scheduled to be the keynote speaker for a Planned Parenthood fundraiser next week.
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  • Remy Biase/Remy Photography(CHESAPEAKE, Va.) -- One thoughtful husband worked out with a fake pregnancy belly to better understand what it was like for his pregnant wife to head to the gym with him.Kristin Milchuck, who is 9 months pregnant, heads to the gym every morning six days a week with her husband Blake Milchuck.While the two were working out with their coaches at CrossFit Krypton in their hometown of Chesapeake, Virginia, last week, they decided to see if Blake Milchuck would sport a faux belly to really see what it's like for his wife at the gym.So, Blake Milchuck strapped a 14-pound medicine ball to his belly using duct tape and began their work out, which included running, modified burpees, rowing and biking."It was different," Blake Milchuck, 26, admitted to ABC News. "You definitely feel the frontal load, so things that I can normally do pretty easily weren't as easy."He added that his workout last week was "the highlight of that morning's workout." So much so that the gym shared a video of Blake Milchuck working out with his fake belly. It quickly went viral on Instagram with more than 18,000 people watching the hilarious video.Blake Milchuck said it made him appreciate his wife, Kristin, 26, a bit more. And it helped her laugh, which "was the main purpose," he added.He added that he's always thought his wife of two years "was a bada--. She gets up at 6 o'clock in the morning to work out with me every day and now she's 38 weeks pregnant and she's still doing it.""It's different at times to understand where your wife is coming from with the pregnancy ... so doing something like this makes it a little bit more fun for her, which makes it fun for me," Blake Milchuck added.The two, who are expecting their first child together in three weeks, have no idea whether it's a boy or a girl. They said they want to find out at the hospital.Still, Blake Milchuck is looking forward to "just being a father. I don't think I have anything in mind. ... I'm excited."
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