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Senate Parliamentarian Challenges Key Provisions of Health Bill

And Democrats made clear they would seize on the findings. “The parliamentarian’s decision today proves once again that the process Republicans have undertaken to repeal the Affordable Care Act and throw 22 million Americans off of health insurance is a disaster,” said Senator Bernie Sanders, independent of Vermont. Mr. Sanders, the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, disclosed the preliminary decisions by the parliamentarian. The waiting period provision is fundamental to the working of the bill. Because the legislation would end the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that most Americans…

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Pence and Tom Price turn to grassroots to push Obamacare repeal

Vice President Mike Pence and HHS Sec. Tom Price hosted a round-table discussion with a dozen grassroots leaders on Friday to put additional pressure on Republican senators as they gear up for a procedural vote sometime next week on legislation that would repeal Obamacare. Four days after the Senate failed to bring the second version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act to the floor, Pence called the meeting with the grassroots leaders “historic.”  As @POTUS Trump said, inaction is not an option. Obamacare is collapsing all across the country. It’s…

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Public Health: Byrd Bath: Seven Provisions That Could Disappear From the Senate Health Bill

The rules are complicated, but most come down to a key question: Does the change in the law affect the federal budget? Legislative changes with no budgetary impact are not allowed in reconciliation bills. Items that have a nominal budget impact, but are mostly there for policy reasons, are also supposed to be struck, though that’s a more subjective standard. Ms. MacDonough is just one person, but as long as she continues to hold the office, her say goes. That makes predictions difficult. But we convened a panel of experts…

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These Americans Hated the Health Law. Until the Idea of Repeal Sank In.

To win support, Democrats were emphasizing that little would change for people who already had coverage; President Barack Obama famously promised that you could keep your plan and your doctor, even as a few million people’s noncompliant plans that did not offer all the law’s required benefits were canceled as the law was rolled out. “The best way to get something passed was to argue it was small change,” said Stanley Greenberg, a veteran Democratic pollster. “It was only when Republicans got control that people then on their own discovered…

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Tea party conservatives push Senate GOP for full ACA repeal

As Senate Republicans wrestle with their path forward on repealing Obamacare, the GOP’s grassroots is increasing pressure on wavering senators to make sure the law is killed. “Our supporters want repeal of Obamacare,” Tea Party Patriots co-founder Jenny Beth Martin told CBS News Chief Political Correspondent Major Garrett and CBS News Political Director Steve Chaggaris on this week’s episode of “The Takeout.” Listen to this episode on Stitcher And, unlike many lawmakers, tea party supporters seem to be unconcerned about what might replace Obamacare, should the Senate manage to rescind…

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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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The humiliation of Jeff Sessions

**Want FOX News Halftime Report in your inbox every day? Sign up here.** On the roster: The humiliation of Jeff Sessions – I’ll Tell You What: Can this jalopy still run? – Senate GOP tries to cobble ObamaCare cuts revival – House moves ahead on budget, tax cuts – Ahem, hang in there…THE HUMILIATION OF JEFF SESSIONS There is something more than a little jarring in the ongoing humiliation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.  In an ill-timed, ill-focused interview with the NYT, President Trump revisited his disdain for Sessions, his first, most-ardent and most-loyal supporter in the…

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