Frustrated Democratic senator may vote against budget deal

A frustrated Sen. Ron WydenRon WydenThe Hill’s Whip List: Where Dems stand on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Overnight Regulation: Senate moves to strike Obama-era internet privacy rules Overnight Tech: Senate votes to eliminate Obama internet privacy rules | FCC chief wants to stay out of 'political debate' on fake news | Wikileaks reveals new CIA docs MORE (D-Ore.) said he is inclined to vote against a budget deal to keep the government operating because it cuts a healthcare reform provision he authored last year.

The deal between President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidThis obscure Senate rule could let VP Mike Pence fully repeal ObamaCare once and for all Sharron Angle to challenge GOP rep in Nevada Fox's Watters asks Trump whom he would fire: Baldwin, Schumer or Zucker MORE (D-Nev.) and Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerTrump, GOP fumble chance to govern ObamaCare gets new lease on life Ryan picks party over country by pushing healthcare bill MORE (R-Ohio) would ax a Wyden-sponsored provision allowing people to opt out of employer-provided healthcare plans to buy coverage from public-private insurance exchanges. 

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“I am not going to support this raw special interest power,” he told reporters Tuesday afternoon. “The president has known personally how strongly I feel about this.
 
“Without this provision more than 300,000 people would be in healthcare no-man’s land,” he said.
 
Wyden said he would wait to hear what White House officials and Democratic leaders have to say about the concession before making a final decision on how to vote.
 
Wyden’s provision would give taxpayer subsidies to employees who must pay between 8 percent and 9.9 percent of their income on health-insurance premiums. They could use the subsidy to buy more affordable plans on exchanges set up by the 2010 healthcare law.
 
Employees who pay 9.9 percent or more of their income are covered even without Wyden’s provision.