Cruz: GOP Will Be 'Laughingstock' If We Can't Repeal Obamacare

Paul's conservative rebuke of the GOP's American Health Care Act (AHCA) centers on a complete repeal of Obamacare's mandates, and House Speaker Paul Ryan's, R-Wis., plan will lead to "bailouts" for insurance companies, Paul told host George Stephanopoulos.

"We feel very good where we are", the Wisconsin Republican said on "Fox News Sunday". Specifically, the president and members of the group agreed to give states the option to implement work requirements on those enrolled in Medicaid and the option to change Medicaid to a block grant program.

"I recognize and appreciate concerns about making sure people have access to coverage", Ryan added. Republicans hold a majority in the chamber but can not afford to have more than 21 defections for the measure to pass.

"We've been working at this literally for seven years", said the No. 2 Senate Republican, John Cornyn. That age group tends to have more medical issues than younger adults and, thus, higher insurance costs, and the ACA forbids insurers to charge their oldest customers more than three times their rates for young adults - essentially having young adults cross-subsidize the cost of coverage for older ones.

For example, a 64-year-old making $26,500 would see premiums increase from $1,700 to $14,600, the CBO found.

Ryan questioned that analysis, suggesting that administrative actions taken by the Trump administration would further lower premiums and questioning whether the ACA would remain viable in a decade. Last Wednesday, Ryan announced that his beleaguered bill would need to undergo some changes and "incorporate feedback" from his members ahead of its vote on the House floor this Thursday. That's because the GOP plan would offer only $4,900 in tax credits, compared to $13,600 under Obamacare subsides.

"What they're saying is that this isn't freedom, this isn't people voluntarily deciding not to have health insurance", Wallace remarked. "We're for empowering the consumer to drive prices down so you can get better-cost insurance", the Kentucky Republican said.

"The current House bill, as drafted, I do not believe it would pass the Senate", Sen.

One of the loudest critics of GOP health legislation is not a Democrat or even a conservative rebel, but a Republican loyalist and staunch defender of President Donald Trump. "We stand united today to move this forward for the American people, and we are very proud to do so". "We are right where we want to be".

  • Arturo Norris