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.

AP FACT CHECK: A Washington week of bluster

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's first spending plan for the government and a report by the Congressional Budget Office on Republican health care kicked up quite a fuss in Washington over the past week. Bold claims flew on those developments and more.

The Latest: Dems say CBO report on GOP bill 'knockout blow'

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on the Republican plan for health care (all times local): 10: 25 a.m. The Senate's top Democrat says a new nonpartisan analysis of the Republican health care bill endorsed by President Donald Trump should be a "knockout blow" to the effort to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act. Sen.

AP Explains: CBO's independent views can rankle lawmakers

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Congressional Budget Office is a scorekeeper suddenly in the spotlight. Monday's estimate of the House GOP's health care measure gave ammunition to Democratic critics of the law, predicting that 14 million people would lose insurance next year. Republicans had been bracing for the report, with some of them attacking CBO as being inaccurate in past assessments.

What the budget analysts say about GOP health care bill

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Republican bill to replace major portions of Barack Obama's health care law would leave 24 million additional people uninsured over the next decade, according to projections from the Congressional Budget Office. A look at what the CBO said Monday about the House GOP plan that's backed by President Donald Trump: ___ -- It would reduce budget deficits by $337 billion over a decade.

AP FACT CHECK: Both sides loose with facts in health debate

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Congressional Budget Office report on a Republican health care bill set off an intense reaction in Washington, and some on both sides of the debate are playing loose with the facts. Republicans are overlooking President Donald Trump's promise to deliver "insurance for everybody," which the CBO makes clear will not happen if the legislation becomes law.

The Latest: Black caucus calls GOP health plan a 'disaster'

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on the House GOP health care bill (all times EDT): 5:50 p.m. The Congressional Black Caucus is calling the Republican health care plan a "disaster" after the release of the Congressional Budget Office's report. The CBO says 14 million Americans would lose coverage next year under House Republican legislation remaking the nation's health care system. Congress' budget analysts say that figure would grow to 24 million by 2026. Rep.

AP Explains: CBO's independent views can rankle lawmakers

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Congressional Budget Office is a scorekeeper suddenly in the spotlight. Monday's estimate of the House GOP's health care measure gave ammunition to Democratic critics of the law, predicting that 14 million people would lose insurance next year. Republicans had been bracing for the report, with some of them attacking CBO as being inaccurate in past assessments.

AP FACT CHECK: Cabinet members go rogue on science, history

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Some of Donald Trump's boasts from the first weeks of his presidency were dashed by developments in recent days. For example, builders of the Keystone XL pipeline were let off the hook from a buy-American requirement that Trump had promised. On another front, though, there's now some substance behind his cherry-picking claims that jobs are growing under his watch. A robust jobs report gave him a fresh load of cherries.

Congress' analyst: Millions to lose coverage under GOP bill

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Fourteen million Americans would lose coverage next year under House Republican legislation remaking the nation's health care system, and that number would balloon to 24 million by 2026, Congress' budget analysts projected Monday. Their report deals a stiff blow to a GOP drive already under fire from both parties and large segments of the medical industry.

Republicans dismiss upcoming budget analysis of health plan

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans on Sunday dismissed an upcoming Congressional Budget Office analysis widely expected to conclude that more Americans will be uninsured under a proposal to dismantle Barack Obama's health law, despite President Donald Trump's promise of universal coverage. Meanwhile, GOP opponents from the right and center hardened their positions against the Trump-backed legislation.

AP FACT CHECK: Some Trump boasts stumble, but jobs do grow

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Some of Donald Trump's boasts from the first weeks of his presidency were dashed by developments in recent days. For example, builders of the Keystone XL pipeline were let off the hook from a buy-American requirement that Trump had promised. On another front, though, there's now some substance behind his cherry-picking claims that jobs are growing under his watch. A robust jobs report gave him a fresh load of cherries.

Trump administration announces steps to avoid debt default

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Trump administration is letting Congress know that it will begin taking steps next week to keep the government from an unprecedented default on the national debt. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a letter to lawmakers released Thursday that he will employ measures to avoid breaching the borrowing limit once the current suspension of the limit expires on March 16.

AP FACT CHECK: White House overly downbeat about budgeteers

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's spokesman went out of his way to cast doubt on Congress' budget experts, perhaps anticipating disappointing results from a coming cost analysis of a Trump-backed plan to "repeal and replace" former President Barack Obama's health care law. Too far out of his way.

AP FACT CHECK: White House overly downbeat about budgeteers

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's spokesman went out of his way Wednesday to cast doubt on Congress' budget experts, perhaps anticipating disappointing results from a coming analysis of a Trump-backed plan to "repeal and replace" former President Barack Obama's health care law. Too far out of his way.