Friday, 15 December, 2017

President Trump Agreed To Change Obamacare Repeal Bill To Win Over Conservatives

Juana Turner | 18 March, 2017, 00:58

Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz attended a rally Wednesday at the Capitol and railed against the Paul Ryan-led House bill.

He said the income caps for the subsidies would likely come down from $75,000 for individuals and $150,000 for couples - perhaps to $50,000 and $130,000, respectively.

States should have the authority to set their own enrollment limits, benefits, service delivery and payment options without the need for federal waivers, the GOP governors said.

Specifically, conservatives want Obamacare's expansion of Medicaid to end sooner than proposed in the Ryan plan, and want to introduce Medicaid work requirements for able-bodied adults without children. This is why President Trump had to talk of changes, which may help to sway people back on the side of passing the bill through.

President Donald Trump said Friday he extracted commitments from a dozen Republicans to back the GOP leadership health plan -as the endangered health plan moves toward a critical floor vote next week.

In another warning signal, four GOP governors wrote congressional leaders Thursday saying the bill's approach to Medicaid would not work for states.

"Today there are a lot of undecideds and lean noes".

At an all-hands meeting Wednesday evening of House GOP lawmakers, Vice President Mike Pence and party leaders urged their rank-and-file to rally behind the legislation. Right now, there are not enough backers to get the bill out of the House of Representatives. That surpasses the 20 million who've gained Medicaid or insurance coverage under Obama's law.

Some House leaders said they were "shocked" that so numerous nation's health care associations have come out against the bill. The Democrats on the committee were joined by three Republicans in voting against moving the AHCA ahead.

U.S. President Donald Trump waves with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) after attending a Friends of Ireland reception on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., March 16, 2017.

Mark Sanford, Dave Brat, and Gary Palmer all voted against the bill, putting it one vote away from being tied up in the Budget Committee. One leading House conservative said the alterations were insufficient and claimed enough allies to sink the measure, and support among GOP moderates remained uncertain. An analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office found 24 million people would lose their health insurance over a decade though the bill would also reduce the deficit.

"We're confident tonight that there are not the votes to modify this current bill to make it acceptable to conservatives and moderates alike", Meadows told reporters Wednesday night.

Representative Charlie Dent, following a meeting of moderate Republicans with Pence, told reporters that speeding up the termination of the Medicaid expansion was a "non-starter". Mostly noes, ' Trump said. For their part, many conservatives have complained those credits go too far toward creating a new entitlement - and at least should be means tested. No Republicans voted against the bill when it was considered by two previous committees.

The House bill would repeal major elements of former President Barack Obama's 2010 law.

By many accounts Trump has been closely involved in negotiations on the health bill, including calling Budget Committee members ahead of Thursday's vote, but he is seen as focused on delivering his "repeal and replace" promise and flexible on the fine print. The provisions seemed a window into votes that leaders think may be needed to win support from conservatives.


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