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Louisiana House leaders want to pare spending in budget deal

18 June 2017

"We've been talking about this for seven years, so now is the time to start coming up with some tangible alternatives and building consensus", GOP Sen.

Another key Republican also expressed optimism. "It's not everything that I want, but that's life, right?"

"The time is now", a Senate aide involved in discussions said. It allows the House and the Senate to pass a bill with just a simple majority of votes. Unlike the House's health care repeal bill, which based the tax credits mainly on age, Senate Republicans have suggested tying them to income and even geographic location in order to make health care more affordable for low-income individuals living in areas that have expensive health care costs such as Alaska and rural America.

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Conversations with multiple GOP aides to senators who sit on the working group also revealed deep skepticism that the coalition of lawmakers can produce a product that can bring enough senators on board. GOP senators shuffling in and out of closed door meetings have mostly been tight-lipped about what deals are being hashed out, and Tuesday was no exception.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, also said Monday that "I don't think there will be" when asked if she shared concerns there wouldn't be a health care bill in the Senate by the end of the year.

Ohio Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown took note of the cause and effect of Trump's approach, calling the Republicans out in a statement: "The risky game President Trump and Washington politicians are playing just caused 70,000 paying customers in Ohio to lose their insurance and it will continue raising prices for everyone else. What Republicans are attempting to do to the health care system is the legislative equivalent of a mugging".

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Anthem cited "the lack of certainty of funding for cost sharing reduction subsidies" and "an increasing lack of overall predictability" as factors that contributed to their decision. He said the Senate GOP is looking at a "glide path" lasting beyond 2020.

In a statement to the Dayton Daily News, the company directly blamed the Trump administration and congressional Republicans for its decision: "Today, planning and pricing for ACA-compliant health plans has become increasingly hard due to the shrinking individual market as well as continual changes in federal operations, rules and guidance". But he added, "I'm seeing more and more clarity, and a narrower and narrower focus, and a smaller and smaller difference in the caucus". Trump praised the House for passing its own health care bill and encouraged the Senate to "follow suit and get a bill across the finish line this summer".

House Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) spoke out against the bill, which they dubbed the "Wrong Choice Act", in a speech on the House floor Thursday afternoon after Comey's testimony. The House bill would cause 23 million people to lose insurance over a decade, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, an outcome that spooked senators.

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Republicans have sought to overturn Democratic former President Barack Obama's signature domestic healthcare law since it was enacted in 2010.Whatever the White House's efforts to push ahead with policy plans, there will be a spotlight on testimony by James Comey, the FBI director fired by Trump last month, to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday.Senators will question Comey on whether Trump tried to get him to back off an FBI investigation into ties between the president's 2016 campaign and Russian Federation, an attempt that critics have said could constitute obstruction of justice. Susan Collins of ME, have explicitly said that they would like the GOP to pursue a comprehensive and bipartisan health care bill. In addition to working on tax reform, Republicans need to begin planning to avoid default and a government shutdown in the fall. The Senate bill would presumably save less with a longer phaseout, yet the program that gives low-income people health insurance would still suffer a painful decrease ― and largely in the name of giving tax cuts to the wealthy. "The last statewide insurer in the great state of OH is leaving", Trump said.