Published: Sun, March 19, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

J. Denny Weaver: Ryan's health care bill reveals his values

J. Denny Weaver: Ryan's health care bill reveals his values

Fox News reported that GOP leaders are hoping to pass the proposal in the House next week, following narrow approval by the budget committee on Thursday.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise said the changes strengthened the whip count, but he stopped short of saying leaders had gathered the 216 votes they need.

Asked on Hugh Hewitt's radio show about Cotton's opposition, Ryan replied, "I love this, because we've gotten criticized by other folks in the conservative movement for waiting too long". "Passing this bill will begin the process of rolling back Obamacare, enacting free market reforms and improving health care for all Americans".

And now Cotton, who won his seat in 2014 partly by lambasting his Democratic predecessor for supporting Barack Obama's health care bill, is very publicly on the attack against the House health legislation backed by Speaker Paul Ryan and the White House.

"We're focused on repealing Obamacare and bringing down the cost of premiums", he said.

He dismisses criticism from some conservatives that the replacement plan is "Obamacare Lite" or "Obamacare 2.0". Those lawmakers oppose any efforts to repeal the Medicaid expansion before 2020, a change conservatives have advocated.

Trump fared better on the economy and terrorism, while doing just slightly worse on "America's relationship with Russian Federation", where only said they 33% approved. It ends health care subsidies and makes it harder for older Americans to afford coverage.

For conservatives, who have been meeting with President Donald Trump and administration officials frequently, the change of heart from the speaker was "welcome news".

"President Trump personally assured me that he is 100 percent behind this bill and views its passage as a critical priority", said Banks. I thought Ryan was more compassionate, that he truly cared about the people in this country, but every day I see more clearly that is not the case.

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