August 21, 2017

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Hatch GOP ‘too divided’ to restart Obama Care repeal

Under current law, for most individuals, HSA distributions are allowed only for payment of certain long-term care and continuation-of-benefit (COBRA) premiums, and health insurance premiums while receiving unemployment benefits.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said there is not sufficient support among his fellow Republicans to change the upper chamber's filibuster rule.

Republicans, who have held the House, Senate and White House for more than six months, left for an August vacation with no major legislation to show, just as President Donald Trump - at his New Jersey golf club for 17-days - is obsessed with the Russian Federation collusion probe that is functioning so efficiently in the swamp that a grand jury is issuing subpoenas. In a written statement, Trump said the bill "encroaches on the executive branch's authority to negotiate". "It is a problem".

It turns out that the relationship between Congress and the president is more complicated than Trump thought. They were unable to pass healthcare legislation last week, even with a simple majority. A powerful and competent chief of staff, if that's what new hire John Kelly becomes, would be a good start, says political scientist Matt Glassman. "He had no interest in holding up reform over this one policy, no matter how right he believes it to be".

Let this not go unnoted: While Trump's legislative agenda is imperiled, the now formerly beleaguered Sessions has done more than any other cabinet member to reverse Obama-era Justice Department policies on immigration, civil rights and criminal justice. "There are so many other questions", Mark Meadows, the chairman of the arch-conservative House Freedom Caucus, told Bloomberg.

Some of the broad proposals include reducing the number of personal income tax brackets, and lowering the corporate rate as low as 15 percent - which the president has called for in the past. "But the run of the mill, the bipartisan legislation, that never gets actual media attention, I think we've had a fairly robust six months".

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Lamar Alexander is on a "rescue mission" to address in a bipartisan manner the problems of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, despite the challenges, wranglings and criticisms he will most undoubtedly receive in the process, The New York Times reported Saturday. In the new survey, 44 percent of registered voters said they would vote for a Democratic candidate for Congress if the election were held today, compared with 37 percent who said they'd back a GOP candidate.

In Washington, Manchin dismissed the Democratic tax letter as a stunt.

This most recent setback is even more stunning, considering that the House and Senate passed legislation to repeal Obamacare in 2015-only to see it vetoed by then-President Obama. But with so few details at this stage, it is hard to say how difficult of a lift Ryan and McConnell will face. The last time Trump's disapproval rating was that high was in mid-May, in the wake of two damaging high-profile stories regarding his disclosure of highly sensitive classified material to Russian officials and his request that former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey end the agency's probe into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. He added, "You don't hurt innocent people, Mr. President, when you lose politically".

Mnuchin has warned Congress for months to deal with the debt ceiling, but there are signs that senior White House officials are also starting to worry about the lack of a resolution.

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, which he chairs, will hold hearings starting September 4 "so that Americans will be able to buy affordable health insurance". "So that, I think, is an aggressive schedule, but that is our timetable", Short said, according to Politico.

Despite a mountain of historical evidence that the Republican Party doesn't seriously stand for smaller government and individual liberty, I maintained some hope that this time would be different.

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