How fight over Obamacare could shut down the government

If Congress and President Trump decide not to fund Obamacare-related payments to health insurers, the federal government's cost could increase by $2.3 billion in 2018, a study released Tuesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation says.

Mick Mulvaney, budget director for President Donald Trump, said on "Fox News Sunday" that he knows GOP leaders are focused on preventing a government shutdown this week ― the government runs out of money on Saturday ― but he sees no reason why Republicans can't repeal Obamacare and fund the government at the same time.

In a move likely to bring some relief to long-term care providers, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said last weekend a vote on the GOP's revised healthcare bill is unlikely to occur until the party is confident it has the support to get the plan through the House.

The money is under a legal cloud because of a federal judge's ruling in a lawsuit by House Republicans against the Obama administration.

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Republicans want to repeal the 2010 Affordable Care Act but have not agreed on a replacement.

Basically, under the ACA the government is on the hook for billions of dollars in cost-sharing reductions: payments made by the government to insurers to offset the cost of offering plans to those enrolled in the program's marketplaces at specific levels.

Counting down to a budget deadline, the White House has toyed with a hardball health care tactic to force Democrats to yield on President Donald Trump's priorities. Go figure, 80 percent of Americans think a president should make government work.

"We've got to get rid of Obamacare and we can't say 'Oh we're not going to get this done, '" he said.

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Texas lawmaker Victoria Neave hasn't eaten since Sunday, she says, when she received a Holy Communion wafer during Mass. Neave's decision to fast until at least Wednesday, when the House could vote on the bill, is inspired by Cesar Chavez .

The White House and Democrats each have adopted hard-line positions on Trump's $1 billion request for a down payment on construction of the border wall, a central plank of last year's campaign.

Talk of forcing Mexico to pay for it has largely been abandoned.

GOP leaders have shown no desire to revisit ObamaCare until they're assured they have enough votes to succeed, a point Ryan reiterated to lawmakers Saturday, according to participants in the call.

Scott said repealing and replacing the law will make health care coverage more affordable. Those include one that now requires insurers to cover specified services such as for mental health, and one that bars them from raising premiums on seriously ill patients.

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But there are widespread doubts that the new attempt has achieved the support it needs. The moderate said his objections included changes to Obama's law that would still leave people with excessive out-of-pocket costs.

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