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Europe Edition: Poland, ‘Brexit,’ O.J. Simpson: Your Friday Briefing

_____ Photo Credit Tobias Schwarz/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images • Germany’s relations with Turkey took another turn for the worse over the persecution of human rights activists, including a German citizen, who had been arrested at a digital security workshop this month. Berlin told its citizens to exercise caution when traveling to Turkey and threatened to scale back economic cooperation. Germany is home to Turkey’s largest diaspora and Turkey’s top export destination. Turkey’s foreign minister said Germany’s rhetoric was not “worthy of a serious country.” _____ Photo Credit Doug Mills/The…

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Ryan calls CBO’s estimate of 22M more uninsured “bogus”

Last Updated Jul 20, 2017 5:49 PM EDT House Speaker Paul Ryan called the Congressional Budget Office’s estimate that 22 million more people would be uninsured under the latest Senate GOP health care bill “bogus,” as he touted tax reform Thursday at a New Balance factory in Lawrence, Massachusetts. The Wisconsin Republican didn’t so much criticize the math as “bogus,” but rather, said the figure is “not credible” because “people will choose not to buy” insurance. According to the CBO report, however, many people won’t buy plans because the average…

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Ryan calls CBO’s estimate of 22 million more uninsured “bogus”

Last Updated Jul 20, 2017 5:49 PM EDT House Speaker Paul Ryan called the Congressional Budget Office’s estimate that 22 million more people would be uninsured under the latest Senate GOP health care bill “bogus,” as he touted tax reform Thursday at a New Balance factory in Lawrence, Massachusetts. The Wisconsin Republican didn’t so much criticize the math as “bogus,” but rather, said the figure is “not credible” because “people will choose not to buy” insurance. According to the CBO report, however, many people won’t buy plans because the average…

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Senate GOP eyes Tuesday for health care vote, but exact plan up in the air

Senate GOP leaders are eyeing Tuesday for a health care vote, but no one knows yet which proposal will be voted on. Sen. John Thune, R-South Dakota, chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, said the first vote will be on the House-passed health care bill from May just to open up debate and the amendment process. “The motion to proceed will be just to get on the House bill and the substitute [amendment] will be, you know it’ll be a judgment call the leader will make, at some point between…

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New Health Bill Is Forecast to Leave 15 Million More Uninsured Next Year

Mr. Cruz’s proposal was included in a version of the bill released last week, but it has been assailed by the insurance industry. While the provision was omitted from the latest version of the bill that was released on Thursday, it remains under consideration to be part of the repeal legislation, a Republican congressional aide said. The budget office released its analysis as Senate Republicans are struggling to keep alive their longtime goal of repealing the Affordable Care Act — and to settle on a strategy for achieving that aim….

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Trump tells Republican senators to send him ObamaCare repeal bill before August recess

President Trump told Republican senators Wednesday that they shouldn’t leave Washington for August recess until they send him an ObamaCare repeal bill to sign. Senators responded by vowing to revive legislative efforts left for dead twice already this week. Success was far from assured, but Trump declared “I’m ready to act,” putting the responsibility on Republican lawmakers, not himself. Trump’s comments came the same day that the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office announced that a straight repeal of ObamaCare would leave 32 million more Americans without health insurance by 2026. The…

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Trump pressures Senate Republicans after sending mixed messages

WASHINGTON — President Trump invited Republican senators to the White House for lunch Wednesday — and served up healthy portions of pressure.  Twenty-four hours after the Obamacare replacement plan hit a dead end, he urged them to pass a health care bill before they leave Washington, D.C. He also reminded them that they — and he — had promised to replace Obamacare. “I’m ready to act, I have pen in hand, believe me. I’m sitting in that office, I have pen in hand,” Mr. Trump said. He appealed to their sense…

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Fact Check: Trump’s Health Reform Pitch Includes Several Falsehoods

He made misleading claims that the Senate bill will “substantially lower premiums.” According to the Congressional Budget Office, average premiums will initially rise and then drop by about 20 percent in 2026. But that comes with a few caveats. First, the plans under the Senate bill would cover a smaller percentage of benefits than the ones today. The budget office estimated that insurance currently pays about 70 percent of total covered benefits, but that will decrease to 58 percent in 2020. Second, the bill allows insurers to charge older Americans…

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CBO: Latest health bill would leave 32M more uninsured in 2026

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks to reporters about the struggle to move Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch toward a final up-or-down vote on the Senate floor, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, April 4, 2017.  J. Scott Applewhite, AP Last Updated Jul 19, 2017 5:35 PM EDT Thirty-two million more people would become uninsured over the next decade under a plan to repeal Obamacare now and replace it later, according to a cost estimate released Wednesday evening by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO). The CBO score also…

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