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Ep. 35: Steps to Repealing Obamacare and the Republican Stragglers ​
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CQ Roll Call's resident budget guru Paul Krawzak spells out the steps Republicans will take to achieve a repeal of Obamacare. The fast-track approach, however, is facing resistance within the GOP, says Health reporter Erin Mershon.

Ryan on Border Wall: ‘You Have to Have Physical Barriers’
Speaker says he and Trump are ‘on the same page’ on border security

Speaker Paul D. Ryan says he and Donald Trump are “on the same page” with regard to securing the border. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

While they may not agree on all aspects of immigration policy, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Thursday that he and President-elect Donald Trump are “on the same page” on border security. 

“I’m in favor of securing the border. And I do believe that you have to have physical barriers on the border,” the Wisconsin Republican told Fox News’ Bret Baier, when asked if he supports Trump’s plan to build a wall along the southern border. “I will defer to the experts on the border as to what is the right way to actually secure the border.”

Update: Solicitor General Who Handled Obamacare Case to Leave
Donald B. Verrilli Jr. also took on same-sex marriage issue

U.S. Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. represented the Obama administration before the Supreme Court in cases including the health care law overhaul and same-sex marriage. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr., who represented the Obama administration in historic Supreme Court wins on the health care law and same-sex marriage, will leave the job this month.

The groundbreaking cases Verrilli handled during five years as the government's representative at the Supreme Court makes him “one of the most consequential" solicitors general in U.S. history, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Thursday in announcing the departure.

Medicaid Plans Succeed in Obamacare as Others Struggle
Some smaller insurers are outperforming broader industry on exchanges

Smaller insurers with Medicaid experience are showing success on the Obamacare exchanges.(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Smaller insurers with experience in Medicaid, such as Centene Corp. and Molina Healthcare, are outperforming the broader insurance industry on the federal health exchanges. Their success is putting a spotlight on their business model as the Obama administration and other insurers seek to stabilize the fledgling individual market.  

If Medicaid-like plan features become the norm, consumers and medical providers would be substantially affected. Such plans are often popular in the exchanges for their low premiums, but consumers have criticized limits on their access to medical providers such as doctors. And physicians fault the plans for low reimbursement rates.  

38 House, Senate Republicans Back Johnson's Lawsuit Against Staff Health Care Contributions

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Thirty-eight Republican members of Congress are backing Sen. Ron Johnson’s lawsuit against the Obama administration over employee contributions to staff health care .  

The lawmakers, including Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and John McCain, R-Ariz., on Monday filed an amicus brief in Wisconsin federal court, supporting Johnson’s challenge to the Office of Personnel Management rule on the issue. In response to a March 17 Justice Department request to dismiss the lawsuit, the GOP members argue that Johnson's case deserves to be heard.