Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Economy | By Annette Adams

Trump barnstorms to push healthcare plan; signs of conservative support

Trump barnstorms to push healthcare plan; signs of conservative support

In one assessment that might persuade more Senate Republicans to back the bill, the CBO said federal deficits would fall by $337 billion between 2017 and 2026 under the measure. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) said Friday that he can't support the bill in its current form, making him one of roughly a dozen Senate Republicans who have expressed serious reservations about the bill and one of three that have said outright that they wouldn't vote for it in its current form, along with moderate Sen.

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.

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price told House Republicans that one of the changes being considered is allowing states to impose work requirements for Medicaid recipients, an adjustment that could win over some conservatives, The Hill reported.

Some are also defending the changes by arguing that older Americans tend to be better able to pay higher premiums than their grandchildren, so it makes sense for older people to pay higher rates given that they tend be less healthy and thus more costly to insurers. 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.

Dealing with skepticism from conservatives and moderates alike, the White House is considering changes to the bill that might reassure conservatives, all in an effort to muscle through the GOP-backed health care plan in the House next week.

Later Friday morning, at a meeting on veterans' affairs, Trump said it took 15 minutes into the discussion with the study committee members to change their mind.

President Donald Trump endorsed the plan despite the projected millions who would lose the ability to purchase affordable health care insurance, breaking a campaign promises.

Four GOP governors are pushing the plan, saying they represent most of the 33 Republican state chief executives.

The RSC wants a "manager's amendment" teased by the White House to freeze Obamacare's vast expansion of Medicaid insurance for the poor by 2018, instead of 2020, while requiring able-bodied, childless adults on the program to work, volunteer or be in school. He said that many of these people would be transitioned into new private and employer-sponsored plans that would become more affordable under the Republican plan. Once it does, it is going to be a thing of beauty.

The committee mostly is charged with fusing GOP bills into a package that can avoid a Democratic filibuster later on, but she cannot afford to lose more than a few members from her 22-to-14 majority. Trump, who is not steeped in policy, has signalled that he's open to negotiation in his first attempt working with Congress.

Republicans have been scrambling to salvage their bill after Congress' analysts said some 24 million would be shoved off insurance in the next decade under the GOP bill. John Kasich of Ohio, Rick Snyder of Michigan, Brian Sandoval of Nevada, and Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas said in a recent letter to congressional leaders.

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