Mar 15, 2017

Conservatives still haven't gotten to "yes" on Trumpcare after Pence meeting

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The Republican Study Committee discussed the changes they want made to the Medicaid and tax credit provisions of the House health care bill with Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday.

They didn't get any solid commitments from the administration, but Chairman Mark Walker told reporters after the meeting that "we're as hopeful as we've ever been." Rep. Ted Yoho, who's also a member of the hardliner House Freedom Caucus, told reporters that "there's going to be more changes" to the bill.

Here's what the RSC wants to see changed in the Rules Committee next week, before the bill reaches the House floor:

  • Move up the freeze in Medicaid expansion enrollment from January 2020 to January 2018. (Walker said bumping up the freeze just one year could potentially be a compromise.)
  • Add work requirements for able-bodied, childless adults in Medicaid.
  • Reduce Medicaid per-capita funding growth rates so they don't exceed historical rates.
  • Slow the tax credit growth rate, ensure they are "fiscally responsible and promote work."
  • Expand what health savings accounts can be used for, especially for paying premiums.
  • Make sure all Obamacare taxes are repealed "as soon as possible." Right now, most are repealed beginning in 2018.

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  3. States: New York to allow private businesses to deny entry to customers without masks.
  4. Public health: Louisiana Sen. Cassidy wants more frequent testing of nursing home workers.
  5. Congress: Pelosi slams McConnell on stimulus delay — Sen. Tim Kaine and wife test positive for coronavirus antibodies.
  6. Tech: Twitter fact-checks Chinese official's claims that coronavirus originated in U.S.
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Twitter fact-checks Chinese official's claims that coronavirus originated in U.S.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian. Photo: Greg Baker/AFP via Getty Images

Twitter slapped a fact-check label on a pair of months-old tweets from a Chinese government spokesperson that falsely suggested that the coronavirus originated in the U.S. and was brought to Wuhan by the U.S. military, directing users to "get the facts about COVID-19."

Why it matters: The labels were added after criticism that Twitter had fact-checked tweets from President Trump about mail-in voting, but not other false claims from Chinese Communist Party officials and other U.S. adversaries.

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