Ryan promises to keep government open but makes no promises on health care

House leaders told GOP lawmakers Saturday that they plan to devote their energy this week to keeping the federal government open, conspicuously avoiding an immediate commitment to take up health care despite pledges to do so by conservatives and the White House. House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), speaking on a conference call with GOP members, offered no specific plan […]

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House chairman skeptical of conservatives’ health care idea

A House committee chairman who’s a leading author of the mired Republican health care bill said Thursday he’s skeptical about proposals the Trump administration and conservative GOP lawmakers have discussed in hopes of breathing life into the legislation. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., directed his skepticism at suggestions that states be allowed to sidestep the ban in President Barack Obama’s health […]

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Donald Trump is giving a lot of mixed messages about whom to blame on health care

Republicans’ blame game for their failure to pass a health-care bill is in full swing. And — in a sharp contrast from Friday, when he pointed the finger at Democrats — President Trump is turning his fire at his own party. Here’s what he tweeted Sunday morning. It’s a mixed message, to say the least. On Saturday night, Trump took to Twitter to […]

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A postponed health-care vote

Thursday was supposed to be a glorious anniversary for President Trump and the Republicans. Seven years after President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, Republicans were poised to take the first concrete step toward repealing and replacing that law. Instead, Thursday produced an embarrassing setback that left the way forward far from certain. Legislative sausage-making is never pretty, but […]

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GOP infighting over health care, other issues belies victory

Less than 24 hours after Donald Trump had won the White House, House Speaker Paul Ryan triumphantly proclaimed the start of a new era of Republican leadership that would “hit the ground running.” Six weeks into Trump’s administration, Republicans are running — just in different directions. As congressional leaders move forward with efforts to undo former President Barack Obama’s health […]

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Trump to GOP, Dems: Start writing new health care law

Donald Trump is urging Republicans and Democrats to “get together” to design a replacement for President Barack Obama’s health care law. The president-elect says in a series of Thursday morning tweets that minority Democrats are doing “the typical political thing and (casting) BLAME.” He adds: “It is time for Republicans and Democrats to get together and come up with a […]

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House Republicans Fret About Winning Their Health Care Suit

Congressional Republicans have a new fear when it comes to their two-year-old health care lawsuit against the Obama administration: They might win. The incoming Trump administration could choose to no longer defend the executive branch against the suit, which challenges the administration’s authority to spend billions of dollars on health insurance subsidies for low- and moderate-income Americans, handing House Republicans […]

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