Representative Charlie Dent, a Republican moderate, said the House bill should be crafted to win support in the Senate, where numerous Republicans have voiced skepticism.
Obamacare’s high premiums and forcing of healthcare coverage was horrific to Republican members of Congress. One of the big changes is how it would affect low-income people, seniors, and people with disabilities who get help from Medicaid. Healthy young people are avoiding Obamacare policies and sicker people are flocking to them.
Many in Texas are keeping a close eye on the Republican bid to replace the Affordable Care Act. Under the rules of the hearing, each party can offer up to seven motions, which, if passed, will be recommended to the Rules Committee, but won’t become permanent changes to the bill. “Obamacare’s dead”, Trump told reporters in the Oval Office after his meeting with lawmakers.
CNN reported that the plan is being reworked to allow states to impose work requirements for able-bodied adults on Medicaid. Some lower income voters begin losing Medicaid coverage. John Kasich, the Governor of the state, even met with President Trump regarding the expansion recently. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) also panned the bill during a meeting with constituents on Saturday. “But we’re talking about significant changes”, he said, referring to conservative members and the Freedom Caucus.
Combined with anticipated reductions in the Medicaid program, that number would swell to 52 million by 2026, the CBO report found, compared to 28 million Americans who would be uninsured under the Affordable Care Act.
A San Francisco family of four earning $41,000 a year would pay $346 more in premiums per month under the GOP plan for coverage similar to an Obamacare silver plan. He pointed to the CBO finding that 14 million fewer people would have coverage in 2018 and 21 million fewer by 2020.
The CBO analysis reportedly shook members of Congress, as many were already on the fence regarding the American Health Care Act before the CBO did any sort of analysis.
And at least a dozen Republican Senators have expressed concern with the bill – many more than the three defections needed to kill it in the Senate.
There remains a great deal of work left to get the replacement bill the 216 votes it needs to pass in the House next Thursday.
“You’re looking at some of the top conservatives in the House”, Rep. “We don’t want to in any way sacrifice coverage for people who need it the most”.
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) noted, “This bill is on life-support. CBO also finds that this legislation will provide massive tax relief, dramatically reduce the deficit, and make the most fundamental entitlement reform in more than a generation”, Ryan said in a statement. A superior approach would be to come up with a way to actually improve the nation’s health care system.
“It’d be nice to add it to the House bill, but if necessary it’d be in the Senate”, Thune said. “We would just be doing that right now on this legislation altogether”, he said.