Trump Slated To Make Capitol Hill Trip Ahead Of Obamacare Repeal VotePor Cirilo Laguardia Mar 21, 2017
Covered California's preliminary analysis of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) replacement bill suggests the AHCA would "provide lower overall assistance to our current enrollees" and estimates that subsidies could be cut by as much as 40% from current levels for enrollees by 2020.
Among many wide-ranging reforms, the American Health Care Act would eliminate the mandate that all people buy health insurance or pay a tax.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) indicated Sunday that the GOP plan, called the American Health Care Act, will undergo changes that lawmakers are considering this week.
Those changes include allowing states the option of imposing Medicaid work requirements and the option of accepting Medicaid funding through block grants.
Ryan said Republican leaders still planned to bring the healthcare bill to a vote on the House of Representatives floor on Thursday.
House Republicans have scheduled to vote on their plan to replace Obamacare on Thursday, the actual anniversary of the law's signing.
Vice President Mike Pence was due in Florida on Saturday to sell the bill to small businesses, the White House said.
Trump met last week with members of the Republican Study Committee and assured two small changes would be made to the bill.
"It's a fine needle that needs to be thread". The bill faces an even tougher road in the Senate, where lawmakers are opposing it along the same lines as those in the House.
Senator Tom Cotton, a conservative Arkansas Republican, said the bill would not reduce premiums for people on the private insurance market. "It's fixable, but it's going to take a lot of work", he said on CNN's "State of the Union".
Moderate Republicans have also expressed concerns about the bill, and their worries are often not the same as that of conservatives.
"I'm 100 percent behind this", Trump told reporters after the meeting.
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said on Monday that 14 million Americans would lose medical insurance next year under the Republican plan. "We're trying to make sure that we address as many of these concerns as possible without destroying the bill. and without losing votes but adding votes". The association represents insurers that cover the majority of the 10 million Americans enrolled in the 2017 Obamacare plans.
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