Frustrated Democratic senator may vote against budget deal

A frustrated Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Finance to hold hearing on ObamaCare repeal bill 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 ReidThe Memo: Trump pulls off a stone-cold stunner The Memo: Ending DACA a risky move for Trump Manchin pressed from both sides in reelection fight MORE (D-Nev.) and Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerSpeculation mounts, but Ryan’s job seen as safe Boehner warns Trump: Don't pull out of Korea-US trade deal GOP Rep: Ryan wasting taxpayers dollars by blocking war authorization debate 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.