President Trump Warns House GOP Over Health Care Bill
03:44, Mar 23, 2017
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The American Health Care Act, the GOP's bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, does not seem to be winning over the American public. Rep. Andy Barr (R-Ky.), a member of the Republican Study committee who attended the meeting, said Trump went around the room, asking attendees for their concerns and whether they would support the measure, with GOP Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) sitting nearby.
"This act is in trouble", Davidson told NPR last week. States would have to submit a block grant plan and have it approved by HHS Secretary Tom Price, MD, before they could implement the programs in 2020.
"I'm reserving my judgment", Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Westwood, said on Monday. But many conservatives are yet unsatisfied that the legislation leaves several of Obamacare's regulations, including mandates on insurance companies that the members say drive up costs, untouched. GOP leaders made tweaks to the bill today in order to try to bring those members on board.
"I'm certainly hoping it's something that I can vote for" by the time it hits the House floor, Chabot said. On Tuesday afternoon, Trump met with moderate House Republicans for over an hour in the Oval Office to entertain their concerns, but did not appear to have a clear grasp of the policy specifics in question, some of them said.
Collins also said she could not vote for the bill if it 'disproportionately affects older, rural Americans'.
Meadows and his conservative colleagues propose eliminating the 10 Essential Health Benefits that insurance plans must offer, as well as gutting language in Title I of the Affordable Care Act about what constitutes a "qualified health plan", thus lowering premiums by virtue of weakening coverage. The measure would also create a new system to give tax credits to those buying insurance over the individual market.
Massie and other conservatives have derided the new tax credits, saying Republicans are just substituting one entitlement program for another.
If Obamacare is bad for people, their lives would be immediately improved by repealing the law.
'We as conservatives ran on repeal of Obamacare.We never ran on a replacement of Obamacare Lite. "And that's how constituents are going to weigh this".
PELOSI: I don't know.it's up to him.
A House Republican senior aide said Wednesday there are no plans to pull the bill or delay the vote planned for Thursday.
His comments were interpreted by lawmakers speaking to reporters as a threat that they would lose their seats in the next elections.
Republicans remain deeply divided over their US healthcare overhaul, which is President Donald Trump's first major legislative initiative and aims to fulfill his campaign pledge to repeal and replace Obamacare, the healthcare program of his Democratic predecessor Barack Obama.