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Texas Is Pushing Really Hard to Pass a 'Bathroom Bill'

Texas Is Pushing Really Hard to Pass a 'Bathroom Bill'

Democrats needle Republicans on Thursday with the gloomy assessment that 23 million people would lose insurance under the Republican health care bill, and that premiums for seriously ill people would rise.

The big question for the CBO was the impact of a major, last-minute addition of a waiver provision to the House bill, which stands to violate GOP promises to protect those with pre-existing conditions.

Opponents say, although Republicans have expanded access to their health care discussions, their initial decision to name an all-male roster raises red flags.

But the Democrat who put forward the bill which the amendment was attached to won't accept the changes.

Legislators ended their first week of a special session Wednesday with little progress in passing a state budget or bills relating to a restructuring of state finances, which are now mostly dependent on oil revenues and savings accounts.

Senate Republicans hope to be able to vote on a bill before the August recess.

Senate Republicans, led by the conference's No. 3 Sen.

"The CBO was wrong when they analyzed Obamacare's effect on cost and coverage", he said of the agency's report on Obama's law, "and they are wrong again". But with the CBO affirming the House bill as a non-starter in the Senate, and Portman struggling to bring his conservative colleagues in his direction, the Cassidy-Collins option could emerge as the de-facto compromise.




Districts such as Frisco are hard-pressed, and some may close campuses because they're losing "hold harmless" money this September, said chief House school policy writer Dan Huberty, a Houston Republican, and Ken King, a GOP member from Canadian in the Panhandle. There are only five days left in 2017's legislative session before lawmakers adjourn until 2019, the Dallas News reports, and the war to get the thing passed is playing out not across party lines but within the Republican party itself, as more conservative Republicans push for the bill's passing while others worry about the possible negative outcomes the bill could have on business. Because they can not expect any Democratic support and have a razor-thin majority, they must devise legislation that appeals not only to the most conservative senators but also does not drive off many Republican moderates. Many Republicans have said their top goal is lowering premiums.

And it's only a tiny improvement from the original version of the House bill, which would have resulted in an estimated 52 million people under 65 uninsured by 2026, according to the nonpartisan budget office.

This gutting of Medicaid saves the government $834 billion, which in turn finances the $664 billion in tax cuts to industry and high earners under the House bill.

It also said the health care overhaul would cut the the federal deficit by $119 billion over the next decade - about $31 billion less that Republican lawmakers had projected when they narrowly passed the bill on May 4.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are complaining about how two budget panels approved a $6.8 billion spending bill shortly before midnight that slashes spending to most Oklahoma state agencies. Schumer said the legislation would end up "causing costs to skyrocket, making coverage unaffordable for those with preexisting conditions and many seniors, and kicking millions off of their health insurance".

The report from Health and Human Services looked at premiums in the 39 states served by HealthCare.gov, the online exchange for buying coverage.

The budget office concluded that on average, premiums for people buying their own insurance would eventually be lower than under Obama's 2010 law under the House bill.

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