In it, but not of it. TPM DC

On the heels of a Congressional Budget Office report that showed that the coverage levels for older health care consumers and low income people would take an especially hard hit under the GOP's health care legislation, Republican Senators said Tuesday that they were working on an amendment to the bill that would make the tax credits more generous for certain people on the non-group market.

“There are things we can do to tailor the tax credit in a way to make it more attractive to people and more helpful to people on the lower end, with a phaseout that's a little less steeper than what the House has," Sen. John Thune (R-SD) told reporters Tuesday.

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The Republican response to the highly-anticipated Congressional Budget Office report on the GOP health care bill—which found it would cause 24 million people to lose their health insurance over a decade—has been all over the map.

Some trumpeted the CBO's estimate that the bill would lower the deficit by hundreds of billions of dollars and bring health insurance premiums down over time. Others questioned the office's credibility, calling the report incomplete, or rejecting the findings all together.

On Tuesday, the Senate's Republican leaders did a little of each.

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On Monday night, as a snowstorm bore down on Washington, D.C., Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) marched into the Capitol. In his hand he clenched a copy of the Congressional Budget Office's newly released report finding that the GOP bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act would cause 24 million people to lose their health insurance over the next decade.

"It's awful," he said of the report. "President Trump says he wants as many people covered as under Obamacare, and in that Washington Post article he said health care should be affordable. So if there's truly 24 million people [losing their coverage], of course it's a concern."

Cassidy, a former doctor, was more forthcoming than his Republican colleagues, most of whom rushed past the reporters gathered in the basement of the Capitol trying to gather their reactions to the highly anticipated CBO report.

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The federal government would slash its funding on Medicaid by a quarter -- or $880 billion -- over the course of 10 years, if the GOP's overhaul of the program in the American Health Care Act is implemented, according to an analysis released Monday by the Congressional Budget Office.

The cuts would come from a phase out of Obamacare's Medicaid expansion and a transformation of the overall program into a block grant in the form of per capita caps. As a result, 14 million fewer people will be enrolled in Medicaid by 2026 than would be under current law, the CBO said, shrinking the projected enrollment in the program by 17 percent.

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The Congressional Budget Office's highly anticipated analysis of the GOP bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act dropped Monday afternoon, and the office's non-partisan research team estimated that the legislation would reduce the federal deficit by $337 billion dollars over the next 10 years.

It is one bit of good news for Republicans in a devastating report that finds tens of millions of people will lose their insurance coverage under their plan over the next decade.

The CBO under its conservative Republican director, Keith Hall (pictured), found that the savings come largely from slashing Medicaid spending, which will lead to 14 million people losing coverage. In total, the government will spend $1.2 trillion dollars less on health care under this plan.

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Documents recently filed by retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn detail the work his consulting firm was doing that “could be construed to have principally benefited the Republic of Turkey” while he was serving as a top Donald Trump campaign adviser, and that continued after he was named the designated national security adviser to the President-elect.

Between August and December 2016, Flynn Intel Group was paid $530,000 by Inovo BV, a Dutch firm run by a Turkish businessman, according to Flynn’s filings last Tuesday under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).

The FARA filings show that Flynn held meetings with senior Turkish officials, and that his firm did research and produced promotional material for Inovo while he working for the Trump campaign and sitting in on classified briefings. Flynn Intel Group’s final payment to contractors working on the Inovo project came in December, almost a month after Trump named Flynn to serve as national security adviser.

The White House has framed Flynn’s lobbying work a non-issue, with Press Secretary Sean Spicer calling it a “personal matter, a business matter.” Top administration officials were directly notified twice about the lobbying, however. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) warned Vice President Mike Pence in a November letter that Flynn’s company was “hired by a foreign company to lobby for Turkish interests,” while Flynn’s lawyer informed White House counsel Don McGahn about the firm’s work during the transition.

Below is a timeline of the work Flynn and his firm were doing for Inovo in the heat of the 2016 campaign and into Donald Trump's transition to the presidency.

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Twenty-four million people would lose their insurance over the next 10 years under Republican legislation being pushed to repeal Obamacare, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office said Monday.

"In 2026, an estimated 52 million people would be uninsured, compared with 28 million who would lack insurance that year under current law," the CBO said.

Many of the provisions in the Republican bill, the American Health Care Act, would not take effect until 2020. But according to Monday's CBO score, its effects on coverage would be felt almost immediately. The agency projected that in 2018, just in time for mid-term elections, 14 million more people would be uninsured than under current law, if the GOP bill was implemented. The difference would grow to 21 million in 2020, which is when the Republicans' massive overhaul of Medicaid would kick in, and then to 24 million in 2026.

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