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Republicans count votes, put final touches on health care bill

21 March 2017, 02:47 | Kelvin Horton

Republicans count votes, put final touches on health care bill

'Fox News Sunday': Paul Ryan: ObamaCare Replacement Bill Still Needs Work, But Likely to Pass Soon

"We think we should be offering even more assistance than the bill now does", Ryan said yesterday of the bill's proposed tax-credit structure.

House Republicans have scheduled to vote on their plan to replace Obamacare on Thursday, the actual anniversary of the law's signing.

"We think we should be offering even more assistance than the bill now does", Ryan said on Fox News Sunday.

A number of legislators remain unsold on the legislation; both moderates and conservatives are voicing concerns over a number of provisions. Among the many criticisms levied against the bill, some are concerned that it doesn't do enough to protect seniors and low-income Americans from rising health-care costs.

The AHCA's proposed changes to Medicaid-which include phasing out Medicaid expansion and funding Medicaid under a block-grant plan-could also jeopardize coverage for the almost 4 million state residents who joined Medi-Cal under Medicaid expansion, said Lee.

Meanwhile, the president said he had meetings about healthcare reform in Florida during the weekend.

Trump is set to meet Ezekiel Emanuel, a health policy special adviser under Obama who helped shape the Affordable Care Acton, at the White House on Monday, along with Ryan and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. "The dramatic reduction in the amount of subsidies means there's going to be fewer people covered".


Jack Bergman (R-Watersmeet) says he supports the GOP health care bill in its current form. In order for it to pass the House, there can be no more than 21 Republican "no" votes.

Conservative Republicans who met Trump said he agreed to changes on the Medicaid government insurance program for the poor.

GOP leadership in the House remains optimistic they will manage to gain enough support to send the legislation to the Senate before Easter recess, noting additional changes are expected to be made to placate hesitant members.

"It's a fine needle that needs to be thread".

Republican senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas believes that the bill would not lessen premiums for people on the private insurance market.

Senator Susan Collins of ME told "Meet the Press" that the Obamacare replacement would leave 14 million people without health coverage over the next year and 24 million over the next decade.

Speaking on NBC's Meet the Press, Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME anxious the bill would harm older Americans, and shift Medicaid costs to states-something critics say a block-grant approach would only make worse. The association represents insurers that cover the majority of the 10 million Americans enrolled in the 2017 Obamacare plans.



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