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The fever dream is real. Congress can slaughter the Affordable Care Act and, in so doing, rob former President Barack Obama of perhaps his most significant domestic legacy.\u00a0

But scuttling ACA without concurrent replacement would be bad policy, bad politics and devastating for insurers and the insured, alike.

Please, slow down.\u00a0

Congressional Republicans have their president now in Donald Trump. Parliamentary maneuvers mean they have the votes to gut the health care law, commonly known as Obamacare.\u00a0

But go ahead, ask House or Senate leadership about what replaces it. We'll wait. It's a question they've fielded for years, often after symbolic votes to kill the admittedly imperfect health insurance mandate.

You'll hear about tort reform, allowing the purchase of insurance across state lines. You'll hear about tax credits and health savings accounts. You'll hear about the \"power of the free market.\"

What you won't hear is any semblance of a plan that protects the 18 million Americans who, according to the Congressional Budget Office, would lose coverage should Obamacare shrivel up and die. You won't hear any ideas about how, throughout the lengthy process to unwind Obamacare, the health care market doesn't enter a free fall for those employed by employers and those covered within the ACA's exchanges alike. You won't hear any ideas to keep insurers from fleeing the exchanges once it's sitting on death row or a legitimate proposal to fend off the spiking insurance premiums and skyrocketing national debt, described by CBO.

None of that grapples with protections for pre-existing conditions or the ACA's other widely popular pieces.\u00a0

Fact is, congressional Republicans haven't cared about that for the past six years. ACA was little but a political device. It was a tool to whip up already festering disdain for Obama's presidency. Most Republican leaders didn't expect Trump to win. Rank-and-file Republicans are now running to reporters describing their panic over the situation they now find themselves.\u00a0

Now Republican leaders must govern, while their right-flank clamors for immediate action. They're backed into a corner, pressured to kill a massive program that touches on the budget, health care delivery, insurance and countless other aspects of society that affect peoples' lives every day. And they're doing it while Democrats, waiting for failure, are ready to pounce.\u00a0

Even Trump, just recently, boxed congressional Republicans in. \"Everyone\" will be covered, he said. Trump's handlers quickly \"clarified,\" as usual, noting that the president isn't some single-payer lefty. Universal coverage isn't the goal under GOP rule. They call it \"universal access.\" The two are not one and the same.

Trump wants Obamacare sent to death row in a matter of weeks. Right-wing House Republicans want it dead even sooner. Congressional leadership promises a viable replacement. It's the same thing they've said for seven years. The result never changes.

Nothing.

Trump swears his somehow-ethereal plan will be \"great.\" But everything's \"great\" in the president's world, so that doesn't carry any weight. \u00a0

It's up to Speaker Paul Ryan, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and their lieutenants. They're the ones burdened with fulfilling their mandate without burning the very people who gave it to them. They're the ones who must ditch the posture of an obstructionist opposition and craft a replacement that assures market stability. They're the ones who should reach out to centrist Democrats, who also have a responsibility to work for the country and not simply raise the flag of obstruction.\u00a0

Orchestrating ACA's death is easy. But doing so without a known legitimate replacement would prove a national tragedy. \u00a0

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The dual was completed in less than 10 minutes.

When the Davenport Central and Davenport Assumption wrestling teams met last month, there was one bout lasting 3 minutes, 38 seconds.

The other 13 weight classes? Forfeits.

Yes, that is an extreme case but the rising number of teams unable to field a full lineup in high school dual meets is troubling.

There has been only one dual this season in the Mississippi Athletic Conference where both teams had a representative at all 14 weights \u2014 Clinton versus North Scott.

Even perennial power Assumption has had two open weights for the majority of its duals.

\"Dual meets are what grow the sport, getting a packed house and getting after it,\" Pleasant Valley coach Jacob Larsen said. \"What people don\u2019t want to see at those dual meets are forfeits.\"

And spectators have seen an abundance of them this season in eastern Iowa.

Exclude the Central dual, there still has been an average of four forfeits per dual in Assumption\u2019s remaining eight league matches.

During Thursday night\u2019s tilt against PV, neither team had wrestlers at 106 or 113.

Camanche and Wilton, two of the better teams in the surrounding area, combined for three forfeits in its dual 10 days ago.

More than 150 miles from the Quad-Cities, Clear Lake and Fort Dodge St. Edmond had 11 forfeits in its dual earlier this month.

It begs the question: Are 14 weight classes too many in high school?

\"Personally, it is too many,\" Larsen said. \"I think we need to go to an odd number, 11 or 13, so you don't have to worry about ties in dual meets. It is hard to find 14 varsity-level athletes to put out at one time.

\"Less weight classes, you're going to bump up the competitiveness and you're going to grow the sport.\"

Iowa added a 14th weight class, 215 pounds, in 2001. Eleven years later, a lower-to-middle weight class was subtracted for the addition of an upper weight.

Participation, though, has declined nationwide each of the past five seasons. It has gone from 273,732 individuals in the 2010-11 season to 250,653 last year.

What initially might have been a concern primarily for smaller schools is just as problematic for Class 3A programs, particularly ones starving for success.

Central, North and Muscatine all have multiple open weights. Bettendorf has more than 50 wrestlers in its program but has had to forfeit 285 recently following an injury.

The majority of open weights in MAC duals have been at 106, 113 or 285.

Even in some weekend tournaments, several of the lower classes have gone from a bracketed division to a round-robin format due to fewer than five wrestlers at the weight.

\u201cSure, 14 weight classes provides more opportunities for kids to participate but if they\u2019re not showing up, we need to get to a 12-man weight class,\u201d Assumption coach Pete Bush said. \u201cIt looks bad for the sport.

\u201cThis sport is not as attractive to some of these kids as it used to be. That is unfortunate because if you do take advantage of what this sport has to offer, your life in the real world will be much better.\u201d

Not everybody is an advocate for eliminating a weight class.

\u201cI don\u2019t want to give in and lose a weight because you\u2019ll never get it back,\u201d Bettendorf coach Dan Knight said.

The era of specialization has hindered participation. In some communities, the football and wrestling programs aren't in conjunction with each other.

But more than that, Knight points to the difficulty of wrestling.

In football, basketball or baseball, there are teammates to assist an individual if he or she stumbles. In wrestling, there is no place to hide.

Also, the day-to-day grind in a steamy wrestling room is a tough sell.

\u201cIt takes a special kind of kid to put it all on the line out there,\" Knight said. \"Some kids just don\u2019t have that mentality.\u201d

Bush understands there are going to be peaks and valleys, but admits something must be done if this trend continues the next four to five years.

If a weight class would be trimmed, which one? One possible solution is making 170 to 195 just two weight classes as opposed to three (170-182-195).

Knight would be in favor of the lowest weight class becoming 98 or 103 again.

\"The little kid has lost another sport because often times those 106-pounders are 115, 120 in the offseason,\" he said. \"I'd love to have 98 or 103, and I love we added 220. That is a good way to get the football players out.\"

College has found its niche with 10 weight classes.

\"Those guys want to be there,\" Bush said. \"The high-school kids, you have to convince them to be there.

\"It is a very uncomfortable sport in a society that we're trying to be as comfortable as we can. It goes against the human nature of kids today.\"

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A small union hall in Bettendorf could not contain hundreds participating in a local version of the national Women's March on Saturday, the day after Donald Trump was inaugurated as president.

The hall at the United Steelworkers Local 105 headquarters quickly filled to capacity until there wasn't even standing room.\u00a0Participants spilled outside, lining Devils Glen Road and State Street to chant and hold up signs.

Emilyne Slagle, one of the rally organizers, said she was \"overwhelmed\" at the sight of the packed hall.

Lisa Killinger, past president of the Islamic Center in Bettendorf, was the first of multiple speakers. But she was without her head garb.

\"When a Muslim woman takes off her scarf, you know we got work to do,\" she said.

The \"sad truth\" about American history, Killinger said, is that there has always been a group that it is OK to hate, and this time it is Muslims. She referred to the latest presidential campaign as having \"brought out some ugliness\" and said that since Trump was elected hate crimes have been on the increase.

Speakers touched on civil liberties, gay marriage and abortion rights. Statements were often punctuated with a call to action.

\"When you fight fire with fire, all you get are ashes,\" said the Rev. Christine Isham of Edwards Congregational United Church of Christ, Davenport. \"Fight with love, justice, compassion and non-violence.\"

Isham mentioned the Women's March on Washington, D.C.,\u00a0happening at the same time to cheers from the crowd and then shared how she came to Iowa after it allowed same-sex marriage.

\"The government has finally come to realize that love is love is love,\" she said. \"We are not going back in time.\"

Rabbi Henry Karp of Temple Emanuel, Davenport, said he's concerned what's happening in the country under a Trump presidency.

\"There's a dark, ominous cloud of prejudice engulfing our nation,\" Karp said.

There were calls for women to join forces to fight discrimination, regardless of background or political preference.

\"You need to unite with one another,\" Vera Kelly, president of the Davenport chapter of the NAACP, said. \"You are somebody. Don't let anybody put in your head that you're nobody.\"

Melisa Marroquin of Davenport, a member of Sage Sisters of Solidarity, thanked the Trump administration, sarcastically, for \"uniting us.\"

It was estimated that at least 300 attended the Bettendorf rally.

Annette Hutto, who owns Cool Beans coffee shop in Rock Island, was among the demonstrators outside. She opposed calling the event an \"anti Trump\" rally.

\"I think it's important given the rhetoric after the last election that people express their distaste for targeting certain groups while sharing we want to support continual equality for all,\" she said.

Hutto said all were welcomed to attend the rally. \"I saw on social media women posted, 'If I'm pro life, can I attend?' Absolutely,\" she said.

But the head of one local women's group felt excluded from the rally. Vicki Tyler, executive director of the Women\u2019s Choice Center, an anti-abortion organization in Bettendorf, said in a phone interview that she wasn't invited.

\"They're purporting it's about women's rights,\" Tyler said. \"Who knows. I'm sure it will come out what, really, they're all about. Obviously, they have a pro-abortion agenda.\"

Jamie Fetty Ward of Silvis, who was outside the union hall with her husband, Dustin, and son, Isaac, 4, said Trump does not represent the views of the majority of Americans as 3 million more voted for Hillary Clinton.

\"We're here to remind (Trump) and local officials there are multiple issues that unite us, not just a single issue,\" she said. \"I feel very united.\"

Christa Axnix of Rock Island held up a sign stating, \"Beware of\" next to a picture of a cat. Underneath it stated, \"If you grab her, she bites.\"

\"I believe in equality for all and hope we get it,\" Axnix said.

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