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Oklahoma's lone Affordable Care Act insurer, Blue Cross Blue Shield, sought an 11 percent increase for its lower-cost Blue Advantage plan and a 2 percent increase in its higher-cost, larger network Preferred Plans. There's still time to turn things around for the Trump presidency, but it is already getting late, and many angry and incorrect tweets have flowed under the metaphorical bridge.

There is little support for what the GOP planned for health care.

Rather than the go-it-alone partisan attempts of the past, it's time for cooperation to improve a flawed American health care system.

Still, efforts are underway to write a health care repeal bill in the Senate. Sen.

So while Congress is in recess until September, we should expect Ryan and McConnell to whip out a new bag of tricks when they return after Labor Day. Those are perfunctory tasks, but without the proper tending, failure would result in government shutdowns or worse.

"We don't want any tax cuts for those in the top 1 percent".

The demands also include no tax cuts for the nation's top one percent of wage earners and an insistence that any reform not raise the federal debt.

Trump himself told The Wall Street Journal last Friday, although the full text of the interview that included this question was released by Politico later, that he had no plan to increase taxes on the rich, though he has implied in the past that he supports the idea.

The Trump administration is also considering ways to punish China for forcing USA companies to share their technology in return for access to the vast Chinese market. Then he said Republicans should be judged for the totality of 2017 and 2018 by voters heading into the November 2018 elections.

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"There's a lot to work with here if you want to reject the "my way or highway" politics", said Sen.

For certain, Congress is more efficient than the public ever realizes. He noted that there's more to the picture than just big-ticket legislation-the regulatory rollbacks from earlier in the year, the Gorsuch confirmation-and pointed the finger at Democrats for blocking so much legislation from receiving debate on the floor and for dragging out consideration of nominees. If the president caused the payments to be stopped altogether, the insurers would still be required to offer the same lower deductibles and copays to low-income consumers. Led by NY and California, the states will push for a reversal of a lower-court decision that the payments, projected to be $175 billion over 10 years, were never properly appropriated by Congress.

President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law in March 2010.

Another bill gave the Government Accountability Office a bit more investigative authority.

Another piece of legislation passed by the Senate, on a roll-call vote of 82 to 15, allowed for a historic steamboat, the Delta Queen, to be relocated to St. Louis.

In addition, Republican senators have lined up strongly behind Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a former longtime senator from Alabama, who has been the subject of humiliating tweets by Trump amid speculation that he will be fired.

"We have not done well on the big events", said Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., "a unique administration that really a lot of people didn't think would win. We have people who are going to be in the revenue neutral, probably statically scored", Thune told reporters Wednesday.

"The president is working with his staff and his Cabinet to consider the issues raised by the CSR payments", a White House statement said, according to Reuters.

"It begins by recognizing that all of us here - Democrats and Republicans alike - are to some extent culpable for the current dysfunction".

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