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GOP shows signs of reaching out to Democrats on health care

GOP shows signs of reaching out to Democrats on health care”

House Judiciary Committee Republicans want a special counsel to probe her campaign.

There's one big difference between the push to repeal Obamacare and Congress's new tax-reform effort: Republicans and Democrats are talking to each other.

"The problem is President Trump has talked a good game and done virtually nothing on trade but study it", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY said at a news conference with fellow Democratic senators from Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Indiana and MI, all up for re-election next year in manufacturing-dependent states Trump won in 2016.

He publicly urged Trump to continue paying subsidies to health insurance companies to offset poor customers' out-of-pocket medical expenses. "The question is: Will the leadership, including the White House, see that unless you find some common ground here you're going down the same route you did on health care?"

In short, it's just as well that Republicans have abandoned the idea, which was always more popular in the House than in the Senate and the White House and had little chance of passage.

In addition, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell rebuffed Trump's demands that the Senate change its rules so it can pass a health overhaul with a simple majority vote. Unlike some Republican critics of Trump, whose voices became softer after his surprise victory, Flake has remained unsparing.

"It's pretty obvious that our problem with health care was not the Democrats". And to the extent they choose to pay for it, it's not clear if they'll simply lean on optimistic growth assumptions to offset the cost of tax cuts.

Republicans showed signs Tuesday of reaching out to Democrats for a joint if modest effort to buttress health insurance markets, four days after the GOP effort to unilaterally uproot and reshape the Obama health care law crumpled in the Senate. The Republican party is more closely aligned to those principles.

The criticism by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., came after repeated threats by Trump to halt the expenditures, which Trump and other Republicans call bailouts. The payments total $7 billion this year and are helping around 7 million people afford coverage.

Despite Trump's rhetoric on those issues, he's taken limited steps as president, although he did formally pull the United State from a 12-nation Pacific Rim trade pact that Congress probably would not have approved anyway.

The Obama administration appealed the ruling, and the case is pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Flake told CNN that he believed that Congress shouldn't be beholden to the party's President, mentioning that in the past he agreed with President Barack Obama on Cuba policy, and disagreed with President George W Bush on "No Child Left Behind".

"Without payment of these cost-sharing reductions", he said, "Americans will be hurt". "There's only one provider per county, the premiums are going up, the deductibles are going up".

Alexander said the proposal was a necessary response to an imminent crisis. Unless and until they come up with a replacement for the $1 trillion in revenue they have just disavowed, the would-be reformers have only two choices: scale back their tax-cutting plans or greatly increase the federal deficit.

Asked if the president should stop making the payments to insurers, Sen.

There's even a recent model for cooperation, Wyden said, citing a tax deal that he, Hatch and House Ways and Means Committee chairman Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, forged in 2015. Obamacare is not working. "Until we can get the thing fixed, I think we have to try to maintain the status quo".

"It's what the Democrats want", Cruz said Tuesday.

Democrats, after analyzing their miserable 2016 showing, found voters didn't know where the party stood on key economic issues. The senators are saying don't try to remove him. He's up for re-election to the Senate in 2018 and Trump has already spoken personally with three potential Republican primary challengers for his Arizona seat.

"Trump thinks he's holding all the cards".

"If you turn those independents, you'll get enough Republicans, because you're on message", he said.



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