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GOP health bill on the brink hours from House showdown vote

Members of the Freedom Caucus met in the Rayburn House Office Building shortly after Trump addressed the GOP conference. "I think more so now than ever, it's time for both parties to come together and get to real reforms in this country whether it be taxes, whether it'd be health care, whether it'd be immigration, whether it'd be infrastructure, this president is ready to lead". Read More »

Mulvaney says if you're anxious about health care cuts, change your state

White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said on Friday he did not know if there was enough support in the U.S. House of Representatives to pass Republicans' healthcare bill to dismantle Obamacare . It mandated coverage for essential health benefits throughout the entire country. "States not only have the ability to require those services, many of them already do", Mulvaney said. Read More »

Protest Draws Crowd As Lawmakers Prepare To Vote On Health Care Overhaul


House Republicans acknowledge there's more work to be done to improve the math for older adults, and they have taken steps in their legislation to free up additional financing that the Senate can tap for that objective. Health care economist John Goodman, however, says "it would be some help if insurers could have more flexibility in what they offer". Losing Medicaid coverage is not a voluntary act, Gentry said afterwards. Read More »

Reaction: Hampton Roads' Congressionals on pulled health care vote

On Wednesday, New York's Jewish federation sent a letter to the state's Congressional delegation opposing the bill because of its potential negative impact on poor people. Weakening protections or benefits related to care for pregnant and postpartum women. Key parts of any national health plan must be focused on allowing "average Americans to take their kids to the emergency room (for emergencies) and not worry about an enormous bill". Read More »

Health care fiasco jeopardizes Trump's alliance with Ryan

He said the White House plan, which would cut individual and corporate tax rates, would be introduced soon. Democrats said Americans could "breathe a sigh of relief" after seven years of non-stop railing against former president Barack Obama's affordable care act health care law. Read More »

What the GOP's plan to kill essential health benefits means


Trump, a man who rushes to hang his name in gold anywhere he can, has rejected the moniker that some have given the House bill, Trumpcare. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., told reporters Thursday that Trump and House GOP leaders were so eager to pass their bill on the seventh anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act that they failed to make sure that they had reached agreement within their own party on what the legislation should do. Read More »

Powerball Winner Takes Lump Sum of $189M After $435.3M Jackpot


The victor is described as a middle aged man who works in Lafayette, who graduated from Purdue. The winning ticket for that jackpot was sold at a convenience store in Lafayette, about 60 miles northwest of Indianapolis . The winning ticket was purchased in Lafayette at the Super Test on the corner of Sagamore Parkway and State Road 38. "He occasionally bought a few tickets on his way to work, and on that day, he paid $10 for five quick picks at $2 each", she said. Read More »

AARP Michigan: We opposed Republican health care plan from start


Trump said this bill had been shelved but that Republicans would end up with a "great" healthcare bill in the future, but for now that they are moving onto tax reform. Cheers echoed from the streets of downtown L.A. today, where the almost 1,000 gathered to protest the repeal and replace of the Affordable Care Act, which was postponed at least until tomorrow. Read More »

Gulf of Mexico oil lease sale: Up from 2016, down from 2015


US Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke said that the Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 247 garnered $274.8 million in high bids. In March 2016, CPA Lease Sale 241 drew 30 producers with total bids of close to $179.2 million. The sale had offered 9,118 tracts from 3-230 miles offshore in water depths of 9-11,115-plus feet (3-3,400 meters). The first 11 sales in the 5-year program offered almost 73 million acres for development and netted more than $3 billion. Read More »

If House Votes Down Trumpcare, Paul Ryan's 'Better Way' Ideas Die Too


According to a lawmaker in the room, the discussion was frank and the question for many moderates remains whether repealing the benefits could lead to political fallout back home. " He said ruefully this week that he should have done tax reform first when it became clear that the quick-hit health care victory he had hoped for was not going to materialize on Thursday". Read More »

Standoff in Las Vegas evacuates Cosmopolitan hotel

No one was injured during the daring attempt, police said. The shooting suspect remained on the coach bus for hours while tactical teams and negotiators came to the scene on Las Vegas Boulevard, which was closed between Flamingo Road and Tropicana Boulevard. Read More »

Fact-checking Trump's 'repeal and replace' Obamacare timeline


As written, the American Health Care Act would have covered 500,000 fewer New Jersey residents. "You can't just go and tell people what to do like he's used to doing", said Hahne, 74. He made calls, had people over to the White House, invited House members on Air Force One. Politico first reported the exchange. At times it has seemed as though the president wasn't completely invested in the legislation, even as he said he was 100 percent behind the bill. Read More »

Las Vegas casino panic over suspected robber in pig mask

Authorities said the suspects broke into a high-end jewelry and watch store, where they may have used sledgehammers to break into the shop's jewelry cases. No further information was available. Police said despite some reports there was no confirmed second suspect and it was not an active shooter situation. Read More »

Ryan: ObamaCare will be law for 'foreseeable future'


Republicans started making last-minute, major changes to the bill in closed-door meetings in an effort to gain support from far-right conservatives. It became clear during a day of intense political intrigue Friday that despite fierce arm-twisting by Trump, Ryan and other leaders that the votes simply were not there to pass the bill and the leadership and the White House were headed for a lopsided defeat. Read More »

What Failure On Obamacare Repeal Means For Tax Reform


One that accepted the premise that society should ensure that poor people have access to health care. President Donald Trump chalked up the defeat of the American Health Care Act on Friday as a learning experience. It remained far more than a petty political debate, though, and some like Janella Williams, framed the issue as a question of life and death. Then, her daughter spent a week in the hospital after her appendix burst, costing them another $6,200. Read More »

Republicans give up on controversial, unpopular health plan

Some Republicans see it as a major setback for President Trump and believe more could have been done to get it right. Trump's top advisers had envisioned a three-step legislative agenda this year, starting with scaling back health-care law, former president Barack Obama's signature domestic initiative. Read More »

Valley lawmakers react to GOP decision to pull health care bill


Ryan is still without a signature achievement as speaker - and the defeat undermines Trump's image as a skilled dealmaker willing to strike compromises to push his agenda forward. "If Trump can't line up support for health care, it's going to be hard to see how he will be able to lead on tax reform", said William Gale, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and co-director of the Tax Policy Center . Read More »

USAC Silver Crown champion Steele killed in crash


At some point, his left front wheel struck the right rear wheel of another auto in turn #1, causing Steele's vehicle to go airborne, spin 180 degrees and strike the retaining wall. Steele's résumé included back-to-back USAC Silver Crown championships in 2004 and 2005, three IndyCar starts, several ARCA and Busch Series races and a few in the Infiniti Pro Series. Read More »

After health care bill's withdrawal, elation and anger


The fate of the health care bill can also be attributed to the divisive partisan and ideological atmosphere that maintains a status quo of gridlock and prevents progress to be made on a range of issues. That's because if insurance companies don't have a list of medical services they have to include in their policies, they can sell stripped-down policies and then charge extra for specific types of coverage. Read More »

Gorsuch vows to maintain independence if confirmed to Supreme Court


If Senate Republicans do agree and decide to "go nuclear", they could eliminate senators' ability to filibuster Supreme Court nominations, ending Democrats' filibuster of Gorsuch. Republican senators disputed the Democratic criticism. "If you believe this has been a great plan to get a Trump nominee on the court you had to believe Trump was going to win to begin with". Read More »

Wrongfully Convicted Man Fought For Freedom For 32 Years


He's missed 32 years of Christmas dinners, graduations, even the birth of his granddaughter, but he says he is not bitter. "When I got halfway there I was thoroughly thinking to myself, 'This is a bad decision and I really need to just turn around and go back to the dock because I'm going to get myself in a lot of trouble, '" Zobrist said at a news conference Friday. Read More »

Former MU men's basketball coach accepts new position


His first official day will be April 10. Kim Anderson didn't take long to find a new coaching job. Missouri fans are familiar with Anderson's 27-68 record with the Tigers, but his record with Central Missouri was much more impressive. Pitt State coach Kevin Muff resigned earlier this month after going 97-102 at the school over seven years. The program finished last season with an overall record of 5-22 (.185) and 3-16 (.158) in conference play. Read More »

North Carolina, Kentucky to face off for spot in Final Four


Those times have disappeared. John Calipari sat behind a dais Saturday afternoon and outlined the underlying foundation of the Kentucky basketball factory. It made a good team that beat Villanova twice look fairly pedestrian for long stretches of the game. That's what Coach Smith did, and that's what I do. Read More »

Donald Trump Tweets First Shot On Trumpcare Vote Day

He said the bill's restriction of funds to providers that promote abortion and prohibiting federal funding for abortion or the purchase of plans that provide abortion "honors a key moral requirement for our nation's health care policy". Trump is a post-partisan president in every sense of the word. Reps. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., Frank LoBiondo, R-N.J., and Christopher Smith, R-N.J., joined a growing list of Republicans from the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest who announced their opposition. Read More »