Possible Shutdown, Health Care Quagmire Awaiting Congress

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The most pressing business is government funding: The House and Senate have until midnight Friday to cut a trillion-dollar spending deal to prevent a partial government shutdown on President Trump's 100th day in office.

The Republican plan, as written last month, would end the Medicaid expansion, let states impose work requirements on some Medicaid recipients, rescind a range of Obamacare taxes, get rid of a penalty on people who refuse to obtain insurance, and ditch Obamacare's income-based subsidies to help people buy insurance while creating less-generous age-based tax credits.

Trump's Capitol Hill allies had been tempering expectations that the president will win much in the budget talks. That's the day when the government, in a worst-case scenario, could shut down.

White House aides have been working to revive the president's signature campaign promise after his previous plan failed after republicans failed to reach an agreement.

President Trump is driving a hard bargain in trying to force Democrats to the negotiating table.

Trump's presidential victory makes it "completely reasonable to ask and to insist that some of his priorities are funded", White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said in an interview. Pelosi wants the spending bill to give the cash-strapped government of Puerto Rico help with its Medicaid obligations, and Democrats are pressing for money for overseas starvation relief, treatment for opioid abuse, and the extension of health benefits for 22,000 retired Appalachian coal miners and their families. "We don't like those very much, but we have offered to open the discussions to give the Democrats something they want in order to get something we want".

Trump said that Mexico will eventually pay for his proposed border wall.

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Democrats have for weeks warned against such "poison pill" additions to the spending bill and say they will not support allocating money for Trump's pet project.

That was a major embarrassment to Ryan and Trump, and House leaders are loath to bring a revised health care bill to the House floor unless they are convinced it would pass.

In a conference call with members Saturday, House Speaker Paul Ryan said legislative language for the MacArthur amendment is being finalized, according to a GOP source on the call.

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus echoed that sentiment, appearing Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press. Those include one that now requires insurers to cover specified services such as for mental health, and one that bars them from raising premiums on seriously ill patients.

U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-2nd, who publicly opposed the ACHA last month, said he is still firmly against the bill without seeing the actual text and an analysis of what effects it could have on South Jersey residents. The moderate said his objections included changes to Obama's law that would still leave people with excessive out-of-pocket costs.

The White House optimism is driven largely by a deal brokered by leaders of the conservative Freedom Caucus and the moderate Tuesday Group aimed at giving states more flexibility to pull out of "Obamacare" provisions. Do you think Democrats are going to be disposed to compromise, if you've just killed their big legislative accomplishment of the last eight years?

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