President Trump said Friday that he’s winning over Republican lawmakers who were opposed to the administration-backed health care bill to replace and repeal Obamacare, and he predicted the measure will now pass the House.
“These changes definitely strengthen our number, but also show that President Trump’s all in now”, Mr. Scalise said outside the House chamber.
“This is a great plan, this is going to be fantastic”, Trump declared in a meeting with conservative House Republicans.
It also said that average health coverage premiums would rise by 15 to 20 percent in 2018 and 2019 for individual policy holders, “mainly because the individual mandate penalties would be eliminated, inducing fewer comparatively healthy people to sign up”.
“You’re falling into the same old trap of individuals who are measuring the success of Medicaid by how much money we put into it”, Price said during the town hall.
More Republicans on the panel have voiced some concerns about the bill, and acknowledged that it is not comprehensive under the restrictions of the budget reconciliation process that Republicans are attempting to use in the Senate to avoid a Democratic filibuster.
“This is not a bill I could support in its current form”, Collins told the Portland Press Herald. And while most of these Republicans significantly outperformed Trump, some, like San Diego-area Rep. Darrell Issa, won by razor-thin margins. It’s not OK, it’s a disaster and people understand that it’s failed and it’s imploding.
The GOP bill would repeal those subsidies. Another would halt Medicaid reimbursements to Planned Parenthood.
“I want people to know Obamacare is dead”.
On Sunday, his aides took pains to explain that a CBO finding of fewer people covered would not necessarily mean that fewer people will be covered. If by chance things are not changed, the bill won’t pass through and we very well could see a lot of changes to the bill on its next march through to the House. Twenty-five others have said they are “unclear or uncertain” about how they’ll vote, according to the Hill, a Capitol Hill newspaper.
“Here they are forecasting coverage, but they got it completely wrong under the ACA, because people didn’t want to buy ACA coverage”, she said.
Gary Cohn, Trump’s chief economic adviser, described past CBO analyses as “meaningless”. “But when we get the CBO score we’ll deal with that”, Cohn said. “If you fall into that middle group, we’re going to provide tax credit so you can go out and buy a plan”.
Nonetheless, conservatives have begun to back away from their urgent demands that House leaders scrap the legislation and start fresh. The Freedom Caucus did not attend the White House meeting. Participants said senators suggested targeting the bill’s new tax credits more at lower-earning people, improving benefits for seniors and protecting the expansion of Medicaid, the federal-state program that helps lower-income people afford care.
Rep. Andy Barr of Kentucky is also now on board after the changes promised at the White House meeting.
The hope – described as a “pretty hard target” by Rep. Bradley Byrne – is for the AHCA to go to a final House vote on Thursday.
“It’d be nice to add it to the House bill, but if necessary it’d be in the Senate”, Thune said. “We have 40 people waiting behind you”. “That’s the real choice here”.
The GOP health care bill received a major boost Friday as critical Republicans who had been opposed pledged to support it after being offered changes to the legislation.
“It’s not like we love Obamacare”. “This certainly signals that there’s more work to be done”, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said in an interview Tuesday on CNN. Things would need to be fixed up to where most could get on board.