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Republicans tweak Obamacare bill as Trump moves to promote overhaul

Republicans tweak Obamacare bill as Trump moves to promote overhaul

Washington, Mar 21 (Reuters) Congressional Republicans recrafted their Obamacare replacement bill in hopes of satisfying critics as US President Donald Trump prepared to promote his first major legislative initiative on Capitol Hill. In a sign of deepening concern among Republicans about the bill's future, Trump today will speak to the party's lawmakers in Congress about the healthcare overhaul, two House Republican aides said yesterday. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady told reporters on Monday new language was expected on taxes and Medicaid provisions in an effort to move the bill to the floor of the US House of Representatives by Thursday. "Later today, we will release some technical and policy changes that further strengthen the bill," Brady said of planned changes to treatment of Obamacare taxes, optional work requirements for Medicaid and an option for states to accept Medicaid funding as a block grant. It was not clear whether there would also be more generous tax credits for older Americans, one prospective change House Speaker Paul Ryan described in a television interview on Sunday. Trump met yesterday at the White House with Ryan, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and Zeke Emanuel, an architect of Obama's healthcare law, to discuss the issue. Brady also said in a briefing Republicans expected to have an updated analysis of the bill's budget and insurance impacts from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office before Thursday. CBO's last report on the bill a week ago severely damaged its prospects. The report said 14 million people would lose health coverage under the measure over the next year. Republicans are divided over the plan, with Senate moderates concerned it goes too far and House conservatives saying it does not go far enough. Republicans and Trump have vowed for years to repeal Obamacare, the signature domestic initiative of former Democratic President Barack Obama. Two parts of the plan face resistance among Republicans: a proposal to end enrollment in Obamacare's expansion of Medicaid in 2020, and provisions to change eligibility for tax subsidies for individuals to buy health insurance. Democrats oppose the Republicans' plan, which they say would throw millions off health insurance and hurt the elderly, poor and working families while giving tax cuts to the wealthy. Democrats as well as hospitals and insurers have urged Republicans to consider how their plan would affect access to healthcare for the 20 million people insured by Obamacare.


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Kaifiyat Exp derailment: Prabhu directs officials to reach accident site

Kaifiyat Exp derailment: Prabhu directs officials to reach accident site

New Delhi/Auraiya, Aug 23 (UNI) Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has directed senior officials to rush to Uttar Pradesh where Delhi-bound 12225 Kaifiyat Express derailed near Auraiya this morning and take stock of the relief and rescue operations.

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23 Aug 2017 | 9:16 AM
Kaifiyat express derails in UP, 74 injured

Kaifiyat express derails in UP, 74 injured

Auriyya, Aug 23 (UNI) Around 74 passengers were injured, four of them critically, when Delhi-bound Kaifiyat express train derailed after hitting a loader between Pata and Achalada stations on the busy Kanpur-Delhi grand trunk route under North-Central railway today.

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23 Aug 2017 | 8:52 AM
Article 35-A: JKNPP protests BJP’s 'double standards'

Article 35-A: JKNPP protests BJP’s 'double standards'

Jammu, Aug 22 (UNI) Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party (JKNPP) today staged protest against the BJP here blaming them for 'double standards' on Article 35-A.

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22 Aug 2017 | 10:09 PM
SC quashes Triple Talaq; calls it unconstitutional, against Quran

SC quashes Triple Talaq; calls it unconstitutional, against Quran

New Delhi, Aug 22 (UNI) In a 3:2 majority judgement, the Supreme Court today set aside the practice of divorce through triple talaq among Muslims, declaring it unconstitutional, illegal and void.

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22 Aug 2017 | 2:19 PM
Seven lakh teachers observe 'Black Day'

Seven lakh teachers observe 'Black Day'

New Delhi, Aug 22 (UNI) More than seven lakh teachers today observed 'black day' across the nation to protest against the privatisation of education and demanding implementation of Seventh Pay Commission.

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22 Aug 2017 | 9:41 PM
1993 Mumbai bomb blast case: TADA court to deliver final verdict on Sep 7

1993 Mumbai bomb blast case: TADA court to deliver final verdict on Sep 7

Mumbai, Aug 22 (UNI) A special TADA court today fixed September 7 as the date for awarding the sentences and final verdict in the 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts case, which includes gangster Abu Salem among seven convicts.

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22 Aug 2017 | 10:01 PM
DPCC demands Rs 1 crore as relief  for kin of  sanitation workers, blames AAP and BJP for negligence

DPCC demands Rs 1 crore as relief for kin of sanitation workers, blames AAP and BJP for negligence

New Delhi, Aug 22 (UNI) Blaming the AAP led Delhi government and BJP led MCD for the deaths of sanitation workers in recent months, Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee today demanded Rs 1 crore as compensation for the families of the deceased.

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22 Aug 2017 | 9:30 PM
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