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Republicans tweak Obamacare bill as Trump moves to promote overhaul

Washington, March 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 will speak to the party's lawmakers in Congress on Tuesday about the healthcare overhaul, two House Republican aides said.
According to a Republican source who asked not to be identified, House leaders will propose an $85 billion fund for tax credits to help people aged 50-64 get health insurance.
However, the Politico newspaper reported that the matter would be handled in an unusual way: instead of establishing the fund in the House of Representatives bill, the Senate would be instructed to do so when it takes up the Republican healthcare legislation.
Earlier on Monday, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady told reporters that new language was expected on taxes and Medicaid provisions in an effort to move the bill to the floor of the House 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.
Trump met House Speaker Paul Ryan, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and Zeke Emanuel, an architect of former Democratic President Barack Obama's healthcare law, at the White House on Monday to discuss the issue.
At a rally in Louisville, Kentucky, on Monday night, Trump said he wanted to add a provision to the bill that aims to lower prescription drug costs through a "competitive bidding process."
"We're trying to add it to this bill and if we can't, we'll have it right after," he said. During the presidential campaign, Trump called for allowing Medicare to negotiate with pharmaceutical companies, something the law currently prohibits.
The Congressional Budget Office analysis of the original House Republican bill a week ago severely damaged its prospects. It 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.
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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India's space mission to moon next year: Jitendra Singh

India's space mission to moon next year: Jitendra Singh

New Delhi, Oct 23 (UNI) India’s Space Mission to Moon, “Chandrayaan-II”, will take place in 2018, most likely in the first quarter of the year, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Atomic Energy and Space Jitendra Singh said here on Monday.

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23 Oct 2017 | 9:59 PM
Now, BJP counters Rs 1 crore bribery charge with 'Cash-for-Vote' scam of 2008

Now, BJP counters Rs 1 crore bribery charge with 'Cash-for-Vote' scam of 2008

New Delhi, Oct 23 (UNI) Under attack for allegedly bribing one Gujarat Patidar community leader with a bribe of Rs 1 crore to make him join the saffron outfit, the ruling BJP on Monday dismissed the charge and said "truth" cannot be hidden as it is the Congress that has always flourished with the politics of "falsehood and corruption".

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23 Oct 2017 | 6:31 PM
Patidars deserting BJP is a media perception: Vijay Rupani

Patidars deserting BJP is a media perception: Vijay Rupani

New Delhi, Oct 23 (UNI) Notwithstanding the hype that the Patidar voters have shifted allegiance from BJP to the Congress, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Monday said the Congress party has become "scared" of the developmental stance of BJP and it was only media perception that Patidar voters have deserted the saffron outfit.

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23 Oct 2017 | 9:51 PM
No one stopped Congress to move court against EC on "delay" for Gujarat polls: BJP

No one stopped Congress to move court against EC on "delay" for Gujarat polls: BJP

New Delhi, Oct 23 (UNI) The BJP on Monday challenged Congress and any other party or stake holders to move the court of law against the Election Commission for alleged "delay" in announcing poll dates for Gujarat.

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23 Oct 2017 | 6:39 PM
Bangladesh "foremost" among neighbours, says Sushma Swaraj

Bangladesh "foremost" among neighbours, says Sushma Swaraj

Dhaka, Oct 23 (UNI) External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Monday Bangladesh gets priority among all of India's neighbours and bilateral ties are moving forward at a fast pace.

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23 Oct 2017 | 7:27 PM
Indian Women's Hockey Team departs on Tuesday for 9th Women's Asia Cup in Japan

Indian Women's Hockey Team departs on Tuesday for 9th Women's Asia Cup in Japan

New Delhi, Oct 23 (UNI) The Indian Women’s Hockey Team led by skipper Rani, will leave from the Indira Gandhi International Airport, here in the early hours of Tuesday for Kakamigahara, Japan to participate in the 9th Women’s Asia Cup 2017 beginning from October 28 with India taking on Singapore in their opening match.

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24 Oct 2017 | 12:20 AM

Extraction of ground water will now attract conservation fee

By Gargi Parsai New Delhi, Oct 23 (UNI) By seeking public opinion on its new guidelines for issuance of No Objection Certificate (NOC) for extraction of ground water, the Central Ground Water Authority is testing the waters on a controversial move.

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23 Oct 2017 | 9:13 PM

Tourism can play important role to make India a super power in the world : Rajnath

24 Oct 2017 | 12:18 AM

New Delhi, Oct 23 (UNI) Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said tourism can play an important role to make India a super power in the world then and called for collective efforts to increase share of tourism in our GDP.

Liberia party submits complaint over alleged vote fraud

24 Oct 2017 | 5:23 AM

DAKAR, Oct 24 (Reuters) The Liberty Party that placed third in the first round of Liberia's presidential elections on Monday submitted a complaint to the elections commission (NEC), calling for it to annul the result won by former soccer star George Weah, the document showed.

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