Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Culture | By Julio Duncan

President Trump: Changes to GOP health bill will garner support

President Trump: Changes to GOP health bill will garner support

The legislation also reduces tax credits that help older Americans with low and moderate incomes pay for their health care premiums. President Donald Trump agreed to add fresh Medicaid curbs to the House Republican healthcare bill Friday, bolstering the measure with support from some conservative lawmakers but leaving its prospects wobbly.

Just as the Affordable Care Act is commonly called "Obamacare", the proposed American Health Care Act is for the majority of us, "The American Wealth Care Act".

While other Republicans from the area have said they have concerns about the plans to dismantle the current health care system, no one has definitely said they would vote against the bill.

In fact, the House Republican plan, which would slash health insurance coverage for tens of millions to give the rich a huge tax cut and further deregulate insurers, would actually make it harder for Americans to get a square deal or shop intelligently for care.

Meanwhile, the president said he had meetings about healthcare reform in Florida during the weekend.

Another potential change to the health care bill would allow states to gain Medicaid funding in the form of a block grant. It would essentially set in stone the reimbursement rate the feds now give to Illinois' Medicaid system. For seven years, we listened to Republicans demanding repeal of the act, and the President's repeated assurances that his plan would be simpler, better, cheaper, and cover more Americans. Republicans in the House can only lose about 20 votes for the legislation to pass.

Defederalizing Medicaid and giving states the power to tailor benefits to the needs of their most vulnerable-strengthening this critical lifeline for millions of Americans.

Asked by ABC's George Stephanopoulos whether "everything you do to get votes in the House is going to cost you votes in the Senate", Price acknowledged the challenges. "It's fixable, but it's going to take a lot of work", he said on CNN's "State of the Union".

Conservatives and moderate House Republicans want to pull the bill in opposing directions, GOP senators are rebelling and Republican governors say the House bill gives them nearly no new flexibility and lacks sufficient resources to protect the vulnerable.

Driven by the ways in which the bill would seriously harm Americans 50 and older, AARP has chose to make the decision on final passage in the House "an accountability vote".

Many lower-income Americans - including elderly Americans in nursing homes, the working poor (many of them in families led by single working mothers), the unemployed and many under-employed veterans - will lose their health care coverage.

But in Los Angeles, there's more structural diversity among hospitals and medical groups.

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