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With backing of Trump, key Senators reach deal to fund health subsidy payments

1:33 pm Oct. 17, 2017

Key Senators say they have reached a deal – backed by the President – which would fund payments to health insurance companies for two years, while also giving states more flexibility in how they deal with the underlying requirements of the Obama health law.

“Yes, we have been involved,” President Donald Trump told reporters when asked about the negotiations. “This is a short-term deal,” as the President again said he

Trump move to end health insurer payments may cost feds billions more

7:40 pm Oct. 16, 2017

Even as President Donald Trump urged Senators on Monday to find a bipartisan deal on short-term fixes to the Obama health law, the consensus among health insurance experts is that Mr. Trump’s decision last week to no longer make payments to insurance companies to cover the health-related costs of some Americans might actually cost the federal government billions more in the years ahead.

At issue is the “Cost Sharing Reduction” payments

VIDEO: Trump and McConnell take questions after White House meeting

2:02 pm Oct. 16, 2017

With a lot of work still needed in Congress on key items of President Donald Trump’s legislative agenda, Mr. Trump met for lunch on Monday with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, giving off no signs of any ill will despite some sparring in the past, as both men vowed to push ahead on plans for major tax cuts and reform, emphasizing the need to get that done by the end

Trump turns up pressure on GOP Congress to act on health care, tax reform

11:59 am Oct. 16, 2017

President Donald Trump on Monday declared Obamacare dead, as he urged Republicans in Congress to lead the way on solutions to overhaul the Obama health law, and to find a way to deliver a major tax reform package as well, making clear that he should not be blamed for any of the legislative miscues by GOP leaders in the House and Senate.

“I’m not going to blame myself – I’ll be

Trump ready to press Senate to act on budget outline, tax reform

3:00 am Oct. 16, 2017

As the U.S. Senate returns to work in Washington, D.C. from a ten day break, President Donald Trump is ready to again publicly press the Congress for action on a sweeping package of tax cuts, meeting on Monday to talk strategy with the top Republican in the Senate, as the GOP continues to quietly put together the details of a tax reform package behind closed doors.

“I really think that we’ve

Searching for details of the Trump/GOP tax reform plan

5:03 pm Oct. 14, 2017

While President Donald Trump and Republicans in the Congress continue to call for approval of the first major tax reforms since 1986, the GOP still has not released a piece of legislation with all of the many details of what would actually be changed in the tax code, leading Capitol Hill reporters on a daily trek to see what they can squeeze out of Republican lawmakers about the plan.

Often, it

Blasting Iran deal, Trump adds even more to a crowded Congressional agenda

3:18 pm Oct. 13, 2017

Already asking Congress to approve landmark tax reforms, a controversial package of health care changes, and a series of hot button immigration actions, President Donald Trump on Friday added yet another major item to the Congressional to-do list in 2017, urging lawmakers to pass new legislation in coming weeks adding conditions to the Iran nuclear deal.

“The flaws in the deal also include insufficient enforcement and near total silence on Iran’s

Trump moves to end insurance subsidies for low income Americans under Obama health law

10:36 pm Oct. 12, 2017

Hours after President Donald Trump unveiled a series of executive actions that could force changes in the Obama health law, the White House announced late Thursday night that it would end the practice of making government “cost-sharing reduction” payments to health insurance companies, which help pay the insurance costs of low income Americans who get health coverage through the Obamacare exchanges.

“Based on guidance from the Department of Justice, the Department

Trump executive actions on health care unlikely to have immediate impact

10:50 am Oct. 12, 2017

With Republicans in Congress unable to pass a bill to overhaul the Obama health law, President Donald Trump on Thursday took a first step to force change, approving a series of executive actions which he says will allow Americans to buy less expensive health insurance policies in the future, though the exact details of the new plans from the Trump Administration must still be developed, and won’t go into effect