AP Explains: How GOP health care plan would turn into law

Republicans leaders want to push their bill repealing and replacing much of the 2010 health care law through Congress by April. But the GOP must navigate a complicated path to get the proposal to President Donald Trump's desk. ___ WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? GOP leaders say the House will consider the bill Thursday. Three House committees -- Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce, and Budget --already moved the legislation ahead.

Trump going outside Washington for support on health bill

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- President Donald Trump is deploying an outside and inside strategy to fulfill his campaign promise to repeal and replace "Obamacare," seeking support beyond Washington before making an in-person pitch on Capitol Hill. Top House Republicans unveiled proposed changes in their legislation in hopes of winning support, three days before the big House vote. Trump rallied supporters Monday night in Louisville, Kentucky, alongside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

Ryan: More help for older people needed in GOP health bill

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Days before a pivotal vote, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Sunday he will seek changes to a GOP health care bill to provide more help to older people. The new willingness to compromise was a bid for more support from moderate Republicans, who expressed continuing unease about the plan to replace Barack Obama's health law unless significant changes were made.

The Latest: Trump optimistic on new health law

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Latest on the Republican health care plan (all times local): 2:30 p.m. President Donald Trump says he expects the House Republican health plan will be passed "substantially pretty quickly." Speaking at a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel Friday, Trump calls it a "great plan" and says it is "getting more and more popular with the Republican base, the conservative base and with people generally.

Correction: Congress-Health Overhaul story

WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a story March 17 about the House Republican health care bill, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., is a freshman from the Hudson River Valley. He is a second-term lawmaker from upstate New York.

Health bill short of votes, GOP leaders look to Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Short of votes for their health care bill, Republican congressional leaders turned to President Donald Trump on Thursday to wrangle support for the divisive legislation they hope to push through Congress before Easter. But Trump sounded more like he was at the start of a negotiation than ready to close the deal.

Trump's actions raise fears about access to government data

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Wondering who is visiting the White House? The web-based search has gone dark. Curious about climate change? Some government sites have been softened or taken down. Worried about racial discrimination in housing? Laws have been introduced to bar federal mapping of such disparities. Federal rules protecting whistleblowers? At least one has been put on hold.

Trump's actions raise fears about access to government data

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Wondering who is visiting the White House? The web-based search has gone dark. Curious about climate change? Some government sites have been softened or taken down. Worried about racial discrimination in housing? Laws have been introduced to bar federal mapping of such disparities.

AP Explains: How to transform GOP health care plan into law

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans' long-awaited plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act has cleared a couple hurdles in the House. The GOP still must navigate a complicated path to turn its 123-page proposal from legislation to law. A look at the process and the politics: ___ WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? Republicans have set an aggressive timetable for moving the bill.

A look at the opposing sides on the GOP health care bill

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A look at opposing sides as Congress considers proposed Republican changes to the Obama administration health law. ___ SUPPORTING THE BILL: President Donald Trump: "We're going to do something that's great and I'm proud to support the replacement plan released by the House of Representatives.

AP Explains: How to transform GOP health care plan into law

WASHINGTON (AP) -- After more than 60 votes and seven years of promises, Republicans offered their long-awaited plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Now, the real work begins. Republicans must navigate a complicated path to turn their 123-page proposal from legislation to law. A look at the process and the politics: ___ WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? Republicans have set an aggressive timetable for moving the bill.

AP Explains: How to transform GOP health care plan into law

WASHINGTON (AP) -- After more than 60 votes and seven years of promises, Republicans offered their long-awaited plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Now, the real work begins. Republicans must navigate a complicated path to turn their 123-page proposal from legislation to law. A look at the process and the politics: ___ WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? Republicans have set an aggressive timetable for moving the bill.

The Latest: Kasich warns against Medicaid phase-out

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on new Republican legislation to replace the health care law (all times local): 5:45 p.m. Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) says phasing out Medicaid coverage without a viable alternative is "counterproductive" and potentially risky. The Republican governor's tweet Tuesday comes in response to House Republicans' health care proposal.

Conservative backlash threatens to sink new GOP health bill

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A powerful conservative backlash threatened to sink the new Republican health care bill Tuesday less than 24 hours after its launch, even as President Donald Trump and congressional leaders began trying to sell the legislation as the long-promised GOP cure for "Obamacare.

Republican health care push coming; success a question mark

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans seem set to start muscling legislation through Congress reshaping the country's health care system after seven years of saber rattling. Don't confuse that with GOP unity or assume that success is guaranteed. Unresolved disputes over taxes and Medicaid rage and conservatives complaining that Republican proposals don't go far enough could undermine the effort, or at least make GOP leaders' lives difficult.

Mischief in the Capitol as GOP rebels stir up trouble

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Capitol is suddenly awash with troublemakers and rebels -- and that's just the Republicans. Whatever GOP unity was produced by Donald Trump's victory in November has all but disappeared, and Republican leaders are confronting open rebellion in their ranks as they try to finalize health care legislation. Trump's speech to a joint session of Congress this week was well-received, but did little to repair divisions.

Trump speech leaves GOP encouraged, but still divided

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's first speech to Congress left Republicans encouraged and enthusiastic Wednesday, yet still confronting thorny divisions on health care, taxes and more. Trump's disciplined and optimistic tone was what GOP lawmakers wanted to hear after a rocky first month that provoked daily anxiety on Capitol Hill with each new presidential tweet. Republicans welcomed Trump's presentation and his call for "a new chapter of American greatness.

The Latest: Ryan downplays divisions over new health law

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on Congress (all times local): 3:30 p.m. President Donald Trump is finalizing a $30 billion supplemental Pentagon request for this budget year to serve as a down payment on his promise to build up the military. That's according to administration and Capitol Hill officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the proposal isn't final.

Conservatives rebel on health care, Trump backs key elements

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans confronted a conservative rebellion in their own party Tuesday over their long-promised plans to repeal and replace the health care law, and beseeched President Donald Trump to settle the dispute. In his first speech to a joint session of Congress Trump embraced a key element of the emerging House GOP health plan, in comments that cheered Republican House leaders and could help bring conservatives back in line.