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President Donald Trump's decision to appoint Republicans to his Cabinet ended up killing chances of repealing and replacing Obamacare, Axios is reporting. This group, the "Problem Solvers Caucus" is split nearly evenly between Democrats and Republicans. As a newly registered Kentucky voter, I implore him to begin as the statesmen I know he can be.

Meanwhile, Trump is also receiving pressure from some Senate Republicans to continue the payments-the same lawmakers he has been pushing to try again on a bid to repeal the ACA. Many plan to raise rates an additional 20%. It would have expanded health savings accounts, delayed a tax on medical devices and increased funding for community health centers. The Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted July 28-29 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 points.

It's clear, however, that the latest reprieve for Valley residents whose health care options hang in the balance will be temporary. McConnell has said the unfinished business includes addressing a backlog of executive and judicial nominations, coming ahead of a busy agenda in September that involves passing a defence spending bill and raising the government's borrowing limit.

On Tuesday, Senate Democrats offered to work with Republicans on a bipartisan tax package, but only if it does not cut taxes for the wealthy, add to the federal deficit or allow Republicans to enact legislation on their own.

Law and order, behind the scenes at the White House this morning. It doesn't matter how we got here. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), who chairs the main Senate panel that deals with health policy matters.

What is at stake are "cost sharing reduction", or CSR subsidies to insurance companies.

Still, the extra time isn't a guarantee it will happen. Under the ACA, members of Congress also get health coverage through exchanges - and currently, CSR payments are covering approximately 75% of those costs.

Despite the fact that Trump has advised for something akin to "no action", (aka, the president's "Let Obamacare Implode" rhetoric) other Congress members seem to be moving away from his suggestions.

The Senate plans to debate tax reform after Labor Day.

It was stunning to watch the GOP effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act defeated early Friday. A short-term win isn't worth the cost when it hurts so many Americans.

Few parts of the country are more affected by this issue than the Rio Grande Valley, which has perhaps the highest percentage of uninsured residents of any urban area in the country.

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