Key Republicans come around on ObamaCare replacement

Ron Pollack, executive director of Families USA, said the CBO analysis "clearly shows" that GOP leaders "are pushing a health bill that would be a disaster for America's families".

The House is set to vote next Thursday on the American Health Care Act.

"One hundred percent of the nos are yeses" Trump said at a meeting with 13 members of the Republican Study Committee.

Trump remarked that most of the members of the meeting were opposed to the bill, but that after the meeting they were ready to support the bill. The 2010 law, Democratic President Barack Obama's signature legislation, provided 20 million previously uninsured Americans with health coverage.

President Donald Trump said Friday he is "100% behind" the GOP's healthcare bill, asserting that the media has not reported fairly on the bill or its support among Republican lawmakers.

The official national figure of 12.2 million does not include an additional 765,000 people signed up under an option in the Obama-era law called the Basic Health Plan, which is used by two states, NY and Minnesota. But there's one place he doesn't want it: the new Republican health care bill.

Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin has been a public advocate for health care reform for almost two decades, and has already come out strongly against the new bill. On top of this, the CBO found at least 14 million would be uninsured as soon as next year if the GOP bill passed.

He said though the tax revenue is lost with getting rid of the individual mandate, it is "made up for by reducing the cost of Medicaid", the subsidised health assistance programme for those living under the poverty line.

In a new complication, Sen. If all Democrats vote against the legislation along with the Republicans, Trumpcare will be dead. That left House members angry over being asked to take a politically risky vote for legislation likely to be altered. "This is going to be fantastic", he said.

Earlier in the day, Pence told House conservatives that the administration was open to changes.

Labrador said he believes there are still not enough votes in the House for the AHCA to pass.

"Obamacare must be repealed, but I have concerns with any proposal that would increase costs for older Americans", he said.

Republicans in the House of Representatives presented a bill called the American Health Care Act to the Congressional Budget Office, a nonpartisan, independent agency that rates the financial feasibility of bills that are to be put to a vote in the two houses of Congress. However, it also says 24 million people would lose health coverage in that same period. The committee can make changes to the bill via amendment before it comes to the floor. The rally was organized by FreedomWorks, a conservative group backed by the billionaire Koch brothers. Kim Sertich of Arizona said she has now has no health insurance because costs went up so much. Moreover, they represent initial enrollment, and there's usually significant attrition over the course of a year. Experts said the figures undercut Republican claims that the health law's insurance markets are teetering toward collapse.

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