House schedules vote on ObamaCare replacement bill
- Author: Larry Hoffman Mar 20, 2017,
Mar 20, 2017, 4:16
Republicans remain deeply divided over their US healthcare overhaul, Trump's first major legislative initiative and one that aims to make good on his campaign pledge to repeal and replace the healthcare plan put in place by his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama.
Obamacare's high premiums and forcing of healthcare coverage was horrific to Republican members of Congress.
Trump also bragged about flipping a number of conservative Republican lawmakers from "no" votes on that plan to "yes" votes after meeting with a group of them at the White House. The credits are provided to every American, based on age, to help them buy insurance.
'The House legislation does so much for you, ' Trump said at a campaign-style rally. "We're going to have a health care plan that's going to be second to none".
"I love the folks at the CBO, they work really hard, they do, but sometimes we ask them to do stuff they're not capable of doing, and estimating the impact of a bill of this size probably isn't the - isn't the best use of their time", Mulvaney told ABC's "This Week" program.
But some conservatives, having ousted the last House speaker, were beginning to grumble openly about Ryan's leadership.
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. The four states expanded eligibility for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
Trump's comments came after a meeting with members of the Republican Study Committee, a caucus made up of about 170 more conservative lawmakers.
Republicans are on the fence when it comes to Medicaid. It was agreed then to allow this in the states that wanted it and places like OH actually benefited.
Ryan spoke on CBS' "Face the Nation", Price and Kasich appeared on NBC's "Meet the Press", Mulvaney spoke on ABC's "This Week" and CNN's "State of the Union", Cotton was on ABC's "This Week", and Jordan and Cohn appeared on "Fox News Sunday".
A proposal from the governors, however, would preserve the expansion and make it available to other states that didn't expand it under ObamaCare.
And moderate Republicans, who were concerned about too drastic of a roll back of Medicaid, won't be sold by the changes that further exacerbate a reduced Medicaid program that the poorest citizens rely upon.
Trump repeated his claim that so-called Obamacare is "a disaster".
Fourteen million people would lose health coverage next year alone, the report stated.
The truth is younger participants would probably not participate, and seniors could not afford to participate in the later years of the bill, which means at least 14 million non-participants in the first allay, and in the later years nearly double. House conservatives vowed to block the bill as "Obamacare Lite" unless there are more restrictions, even as a Republican, Sen.
At a meeting between President Donald Trump and some skeptical members of the House, Trump offered concessions to help bring the members on board. About 30 minutes into a hearing on the bill, the committee voted 19-17 to advance the bill to the Rules Committee and set the stage for a full House vote.
Republican Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas said the plan as written would not pass the Senate and could put the Republican House majority at risk. This is why support needs to be assured if the bill is ever to go through. Things would need to be fixed up to where most could get on board. Right now, there are not enough backers to get the bill out of the House of Representatives.
"We feel like we're making great strides and great progress on getting a bill that can pass", Ryan said. However, more alterations could very well occur between now and next week.