House GOP Considers Changes to Health-Care BillPor Orquidea Banes Mar 20, 2017
To the extent that a change in tax credits makes health care more affordable for some people, insurers and hospitals could stand to benefit. And the reason I feel so good about this is because the president's become a great closer, ' Ryan said of the legislation that needs 216 GOP votes to advance.
"We believe we should have even more assistance".
'We think we should be offering even more assistance than the bill now does, ' for lower-income people age 50 to 64, Ryan said of the tax credits for health insurance that are proposed in the legislation.
He also noted that the revisions will likely allow for federal block grants to states for Medicaid and permit states to add a work requirement for Medicaid recipients.
"There's no doubt about it", Price responded, acknowledging changes made to the bill to win over conservatives could scare off moderate Republicans.
Republican Congressman Jim Jordan, the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, told Rich Zeoli on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT that the GOP health care bill created to replace the Affordable Care Act does not have the votes necessary to pass in the House of Representatives because of fierce conservative opposition to the language of the law and despite a strong push in favor by both President Donald Trump and Republican congressional leadership. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., the House's No. 3 Republican and the leader responsible for rounding up votes, wrote Sunday night to his whip team that the "next few days could define us for years to come". Ted Cruz, R-Texas, met with Trump aides, though not the president himself, at Mar-a-Lago over the weekend to discuss their demands, according to Politico.
Speaking on NBC's Meet the Press, Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME said she was concerned about a report from the Congressional Budget Office that said 14 million people would lose health coverage under the House bill over the next year and 24 million over the next decade. Mike Lee, Dean Heller, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul have said they will not vote for the bill the way it it now written. "Premiums, premiums, premiums, ' Cruz told CBS" John Dickerson Sunday. And we welcome ideas to reduce the cost of health care. I just think that the speaker's plan, it doesn't accomplish what the voters sent us here to accomplish. If we could pass it yesterday, I'm for that, but under the reconciliation rules, some of the elements of replace can't go into the 51-vote bill that we're working on now.
"I'd be for the replace any time we can pass it". Instead, they are back to promising an unspecified, future plan that will be revealed only after Obamacare has been gutted first.
Appearing on This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Paul, a Kentucky Republican, disputed that claim.
President Donald Trump is deploying an outside and inside strategy to fulfill his campaign promise to repeal and replace "Obamacare", seeking support beyond Washington before making an in-person pitch on Capitol Hill.
"That may be the case and that's why as it works through this legislative process, we're looking at it and working with our legislative colleagues to make certain that we've got the kind of plan that actually works for people in the real world - something that the previous administration didn't do", Price said responding to Cassidy's concerns. 'We never ran on an individual mandate or keeping the taxes or keeping the Medicaid expansion. None of us ran on this plan. They insist their plan repeal Obamacare's taxes on the rich, reducing the amount of resources available for coverage.
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