Published: Fri, May 26, 2017
Local | By Vivian Poole

Budget office to gauge health bill effect on coverage, cost

Budget office to gauge health bill effect on coverage, cost

Freshman Republican Rep. Trevor Jacobs of Fort Scott offered the proposal Wednesday as an amendment to an education funding bill. That's an important feat for Senate Republicans, who control just 52 seats.

On Tuesday, Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J.

The analysis said the House bill, the American Health Care Act, would reduce federal deficits by $119 billion over the next decade. Although his pet bathroom bill - with Sen. Since MacArthur has made himself the face of Republicans' health-care overhaul, he's paid a price for it from almost every angle - Democrats, members of his own party, members of his own wing of his party.

"I think we're building consensus", said Sen.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are complaining about how two budget panels approved a $6.8 billion spending bill shortly before midnight that slashes spending to most Oklahoma state agencies.

They're meeting in special work groups several times a week.

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And Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., said senators were "kicking around" ideas for strengthening federally-backed high-risk pools that would help states contain out-of-pocket costs for the seriously ill. Bills that come out of conference committees are not subject to amendment and can only be voted up or down. That could entail, he said, propping up Obamacare until a Republican plan is implemented. Ernst said. "I will go and engage and listen in, provide input as necessary".

President Donald Trump had hailed the passage of the Republican bill in the Rose Garden of the White House the afternoon of the vote, but the fanfare was short-lived, as the Senate immediately said it would make substantial changes to the House bill.

Since then, there has been little for MacArthur and the bill's backers to celebrate.

Alan Rupe, the attorney for school districts who sued over funding in the state Supreme Court case, said after the bill received initial approval Wednesday night that the funding level fell short.

These numbers became a key talking point for Democrats railing against the GOP bill and even spooked moderate Republicans out of voting for the legislation they feared could haunt them in the midterms in 2018.

"I hear people calling me an idiot".

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A final vote in the Senate is futile, Coleman said.

Democrats have ramped up their efforts to get a strong Democratic candidate to challenge MacArthur, who was already on their target list.

During the current legislative session, 25,774 articles have been written about the attempts to pass a bathroom bill to discriminate against transgender Texans.

Things could get worse for MacArthur still.

And tt would cause the number of Americans lacking medical insurance to rise by 23 million by 2026, which is 1 million less than under previous iterations of the measure, the Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday. It would replace Obama's tax subsidies for health insurance consumers, based largely on income and premiums, with GOP tax credits geared more to people's ages. Republicans have opted to try to move their bill under special budget rules and intend to pass it in the Senate with only GOP votes. A majority in the House voted down a proposal to authorize $200 million annual increases to K-12 aid so the total of new money in the third year would reach $600 million.

If MacArthur's story tells us anything, it's that health care is hard, and the Republican Party is far from unified on it.

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