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Republicans tweak Obamacare bill as Trump moves to promote overhaul

WASHINGTON, March 20 (Reuters) – Congressional Republicans recrafted their Obamacare replacement bill on Monday in hopes of satisfying critics as U.S. 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.

UNITED STATES – MARCH 14: From left, Dr. Alice T. Chen, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., Sen. Maggie Hassn, D-N.H., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., attend a news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center to voice opposition to House Republican’s health care plan, the American Health Care Act, March 14, 2017. The event featured testimony from patients and doctors who benefit from the Affordable Care Act. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

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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.

(Reporting by David Morgan and Susan Cornwell; Additional reporting by Caroline Humer, Roberta Rampton and Richard Cowan; Editing by Kevin Drawbaugh, Leslie Adler and Paul Tait)

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8 shocking secrets you didn’t know about Starbucks

For many, Starbucks is, admittedly, one of their guilty caffeinated pleasures. From its annual Pumpkin Spice season to the occasional coffee on-the-go, Starbucks has continuously provided many with all of their beverage and light snack needs.

While the American coffee company has a loyal fan base, the brand is not without its dilemmas. The major coffeehouse chain recently announced it’s CEO Howard Shultz is stepping down in April, and many Trump supporters are boycotting the business over its decision to hire refugees.

Despite the few hiccups the company has recently faced, it’s employees remain loyal. From infamously misspelling customers’ names to the unlimited caffeine readily available during their shifts, the companies’ employees dish on the most shocking facts you probably don’t know about.

Read on for some of the craziest secrets.

I work at Starbucks. We don't mess up your name because we're illiterate. It's because you mumble and won't speak up when we ask you to repeat it. I'm a Starbucks Barista and there is nothing I can do about the prices. I am the lowest link on the Starbucks chain. Baristas are not consulted when the prices change. We don't even get a heads up.I'm a Starbucks barista and if you want your drink iced or as a frappuccino you literally have to say it.I work at Starbucks. Nothing is more scary than when a customer in the drive through wants to pay through the app and hands me their caseless iPhone with five feet between their car and the window.I work at starbucks, and this happens multiple times daily. Me: Would you like whipped cream? Customer: *tells me their name* Close enough I guessI'm a barista at Starbucks, don't walk into my store groggy and rude. I've been awake since 2:30, so I can help YOU through the day.As a Starbucks barista, I can inform you that Frappuccino happy hour is definitely not happy, it's torture and we hate it. I'm a Starbucks barista. We hate it when you order off the secret menu because we have no idea what you're talking about.

Article source: https://www.aol.com/article/finance/2017/03/20/starbucks-company-secrets/21903597/

8 shocking secrets you didn’t know about Starbucks

For many, Starbucks is, admittedly, one of their guilty caffeinated pleasures. From its annual Pumpkin Spice season to the occasional coffee on-the-go, Starbucks has continuously provided many with all of their beverage and light snack needs.

While the American coffee company has a loyal fan base, the brand is not without its dilemmas. The major coffeehouse chain recently announced it’s CEO Howard Shultz is stepping down in April, and many Trump supporters are boycotting the business over its decision to hire refugees.

Despite the few hiccups the company has recently faced, it’s employees remain loyal. From infamously misspelling customers’ names to the unlimited caffeine readily available during their shifts, the companies’ employees dish on the most shocking facts you probably don’t know about.

Read on for some of the craziest secrets.

I work at Starbucks. We don't mess up your name because we're illiterate. It's because you mumble and won't speak up when we ask you to repeat it. I'm a Starbucks Barista and there is nothing I can do about the prices. I am the lowest link on the Starbucks chain. Baristas are not consulted when the prices change. We don't even get a heads up.I'm a Starbucks barista and if you want your drink iced or as a frappuccino you literally have to say it.I work at Starbucks. Nothing is more scary than when a customer in the drive through wants to pay through the app and hands me their caseless iPhone with five feet between their car and the window.I work at starbucks, and this happens multiple times daily. Me: Would you like whipped cream? Customer: *tells me their name* Close enough I guessI'm a barista at Starbucks, don't walk into my store groggy and rude. I've been awake since 2:30, so I can help YOU through the day.As a Starbucks barista, I can inform you that Frappuccino happy hour is definitely not happy, it's torture and we hate it. I'm a Starbucks barista. We hate it when you order off the secret menu because we have no idea what you're talking about.

Article source: https://www.aol.com/article/finance/2017/03/20/starbucks-company-secrets/21903597/

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