Possible shutdown, health care quagmire awaiting Congress
Apr 24 2017 by Cristina Jennings
U.S. lawmakers and the White House braced for a hectic coming week in Washington, with Republicans readying new legislation to repeal Obamacare as Donald Trump seeks a victory to cap his 100th day as president.
"I don't think anybody wants that".
A deal is needed because Congress was unable to approve funding for the entire 2017 fiscal year that ends in September and has relied on stop-gap spending legislation. Ryan's first stab at passing a replacement bill went down in flames last month, when he had to yank the bill off the floor because it lacked the votes.
But the plan doesn't address other conservatives' concerns, including the mandate on pre-existing conditions and other insurance regulations.
"The Democrats don't want money from budget going to border wall despite the fact that it will stop drugs and very bad MS 13 gang members", he posted of the street gang who authorities said is responsible for killings nationwide, including a quadruple homicide earlier this month in Central Islip.
The colleagues he has spoken with appear "cautiously optimistic", Cole added.
During their recess, some Republican lawmakers have faced angry constitutions - many of them upset over the Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare - during town hall meetings in their home districts. Given the nature of the last health care bill, however, it's probably going to be rather similar to whatever congressional conservatives have been favoring. "I don't think in the past it has served Congress well", Arrington said. "We have no idea if this nets us votes or can pass the Byrd Rule", a reference to whether the current bill would be eligible to pass via reconciliation, which would only need a simple majority to pass in the Senate, as oppose to needing to clear 60-vote threshold. "If we get it done the week after, great", Spicer said.
White House officials have hinted that a vote on a revised bill could come as early as next week, but House GOP sources said that was unlikely, according to the article. The statement said that "after assisting in a smooth transition into the new Trump administration" Dr. Murthy "has been relieved of his duties".
Trump: Border wall protects U.S. against threats like MS-13
White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus also pushed for a vote by Saturday - the 100th day of Mr. Trump's presidency - though said it wasn't a make-or-break situation.
But there are significant obstacles.
Conservative and moderate Republicans were working with the White House on outlines of a deal. But a proposed amendment circulated Thursday that could bring Freedom Caucus members on board with the AHCA.
But if states prove that without those guaranteed coverages, premiums would dip, the number of insured would climb, or the "the public interest of the state" is advanced, then that state could seek a waiver for guaranteed coverage. Community rating was meant to bring down costs for sicker members. But states would have to set up "high-risk pools" that use government funds to help pay for insurance for people with costly medical conditions.
The House of Representatives sued the president and won. Vice-President Mike Pence also played a role in shaping that plan, Republicans say. Much of the coverage loss stemmed from the reductions to Medicaid.
What did congressional Republicans do before they obsessively chanted that they would "repeal and replace" the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010?
"There's a big spread between the bid and the ask here", the White House official said, noting that Trump wanted thirty billion dollars for defense, several billion for more ICE agents and the border wall, as well as eighteen billion dollars in cuts to domestic spending and the ability to withhold federal money from cities that don't coöperate with immigration officials.