Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
U.S. | By Monique Johnson

Donald Trump: 'I'm 100 Percent Behind' Obamacare Replacement Plan

Donald Trump: 'I'm 100 Percent Behind' Obamacare Replacement Plan

Cotton is warning House Republicans against voting for the bill, cautioning that it could die in the Senate and cause political pain for all its supporters, and threatening to withhold his own vote unless it becomes more to his liking.

It also said that enacting the legislation now before Congress - a measure backed by President Donald Trump - would reduce the federal deficit by some $337 billion over the next decade, a relatively small savings given the massive size of the USA economy. You have conservative groups, you have other groups. The problem is that since various Republicans have come out both publicly and privately against the bill, there is a risk of it not even getting out of the House and into the Senate.

Still, the House members in that meeting were not among those lawmakers who were firmly opposed to the plan, according to NBC News reporting.

Walker indicated the changes relate to Medicaid block grants to states as well as adopting work requirements for Medicaid.

In a press release promoting the bill, House Speaker Paul Ryan echoed this argument.

The four governors' states have all expanded Medicaid, which the House GOP bill would phase out through an enrollment freeze starting in 2020. Republican leaders have repeatedly said that was their schedule, but opposition mushroomed after a congressional report concluded this week that the measure would strip 24 million people of coverage in a decade.

Trump admitted that his Republican Party had put itself in a hard position by taking on health reform so soon in his administration, but that there was no other option.

The GOP plan is created to partially repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act passed during the Obama administration.

Contrast that to an interview with Tucker Carlson of Fox News just two days ago, when the president appeared to acknowledge that the American Health Care Act was flawed and not "consistent" with his message in the election, and stressed that it was still "very preliminary".

"This is not the repeal bill that we've been waiting for for all these years". After visiting with President Trump and Vice President Pence recently, he said the new proposal would allow for more state control to address the rising costs of healthcare. Hell, maybe he doesn't even want it to get done.

Trump said several changes have been made to the bill, but did not provide details.

OH added 700,000 people to its Medicaid rolls under the expansion, which is mostly paid for with federal funds. But that could increase the cost of the legislation, and in turn, make it tougher to get through the House.

The hope - described as a "pretty hard target" by Rep. Bradley Byrne - is for the AHCA to go to a final House vote on Thursday. "We're going to do our thing, and pass it", he told reporters.

Back at the White House, President Trump's personal thoughts on all of this remain entirely unclear.

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