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

Trump goes all in for the GOP's Obamacare replacement

Trump goes all in for the GOP's Obamacare replacement

Her remarks come one day after President Trump acknowledged during a Fox News interview that AHCA hits Republican voters the hardest - which, as Jonathan Chait noted, is an attack ad waiting to happen.

House Republicans, optimistic they can cobble together enough votes to approve the plan, are set to vote Thursday on the replacement bill, CNN reported.

"The president asked us specifically if we would support him on the American health care act ... and we went forward with a yes", said Rep. Mark Walker, head of the Republican Study Committee. "It's fake news. This is going to be great for people".

He also slammed the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, calling it a "dead healthcare plan" that wouldn't survive the next year without "massive subsidies". It was agreed then to allow this in the states that wanted it and places like OH actually benefited.

The promised changes to the bill focus mostly around Medicaid and provides states the option to block grant the health care program for the low income, giving a specific sum of federal money to states to implement their own program.

"I am excited about the fact that we have a president who likes closing deals", Ryan said.

Trump said at the Friday meeting that the White House has agreed to change certain aspects of the bill. GOP divisions also threaten the legislation in that chamber. The Freedom Caucus did not attend the White House meeting. He and other caucus members want a quicker phase-out of Medicaid benefits and are opposed to proposed refundable tax credits as a new entitlement that will add to government costs. He said that optional work requirement "doesn't move the ball more than a couple yards on a very long playing field". Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, a Republican, is among a group of governors calling for more flexibility on caps in federal Medicaid funding to allow for changes in the number of people being covered or costs for expensive new drugs. That would let Trump pressure "Democrats in these red states to come on board, '" Ross said, referring to Republican-leaning states where Democratic senators face re-election next year. One of them, Mr. Palmer, had voted against the bill in the House Budget Committee just a day earlier.

On the normal ideological spectrum, we'd think of this as a critique of the bill from the left. The measure that passed in committee last week would reduce the number of insured people by 14 million next year and 24 million by 2026, the CBO said Monday.

"They have not been giving it a fair press".

But Trump still appeared open to some improvements to the bill, speaking in support of the ultimate product.

Some GOP governors weighed in Thursday evening in a letter to congressional leaders saying the House bill gives them nearly no new flexibility and lacks sufficient resources to protect the vulnerable.

Govs. John Kasich of Ohio, Rick Snyder of Michigan, Brian Sandoval of Nevada and Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas said Thursday in a letter that the beleaguered legislation "provides nearly no new flexibility for states", fails to ensure enough resources to protect vulnerable residents, and shifts significant new costs to states. "It means don't throw the baby out with the bathwater", said Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican.

"Do not walk the plank and vote for a bill that can not pass the Senate and then have to face the consequences of that vote", Cotton said.

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