Key GOP moderate rejects health care bill
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 04, 2017,
May 04, 2017, 17:41
A senior Trump administration source told CNN's Dana Bash that House leadership was looking at the possibility of a vote Thursday and that they were within five votes of the magic number of 216. Budget analysts have estimated that 24 million could be uninsured by 2026, including 14 million by next year.
"Pre-existing conditions are in the bill".
According to Axios, GOP lawmakers have said they are targeting Wednesday for a new vote. "This is fine print time".
The US House of Representatives will vote on Thursday on a Republican bill to repeal and replace Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
"We're close here on this and then part of it is as the calendar ticks over another page or two, we either get something done or we live with Obamacare", said Iowa Rep. Steve King, before the scheduled vote was announced.
The legislation would lose if 22 Republicans vote no, assuming all Democrats oppose it. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy confidently predicted success after a day of wrangling votes and personal arm-twisting by President Donald Trump.
Cohn told CBS he expects the plan to come to the House floor for a full vote, saying the White House was "convinced we've got the votes". The AMA issued a statement saying Upton's changes "tinker at the edges without remedying the fundamental failing of the bill - that millions of Americans will lose their health insurance as a direct result".
This bill, unlike the GOP's first failed attempt to pass a bill to replace Obamacare, also has the support of the conservative Freedom Caucus.
Tom MacArthur, R-N.J., a leader of the moderate House Tuesday Group and Mark Meadows, R-N.C., head of the hard line House Freedom Caucus. The credits are refundable, which means they even go to people with little or no tax liability. The Senate is poised to approve the legislation no later than Thursday, and President Trump is expected to sign the bill. Several Republican lawmakers pointed to news out of Iowa this week that the last carrier of individual health insurance policies in most of the state might stop offering them to residents. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is using the health care issue to run digital ads against Republicans in Democratic-leaning districts.
"I think it's time now, right?" he said.
Vice President Mike Pence, who has been working with congressional leaders from the start on the health care effort, is heading up to Capitol Hill Monday afternoon as well.
Democrats say House Republicans up for re-election next year will face a backlash from voters over the bill. Those numbers are subject to change as the White House and House leaders pressure rank-and-file lawmakers to back the legislation. Ryan said "I am not even going to venture to guess" whether such battles might generate a shutdown, though Republicans were surprised by Trump's tweets and view the prospect of a shutdown as a political loser for them. And I mandate it.
"I think people need to be insured", said Hoyer, who voted for Hillary Clinton, "even though it cost a lot and it hurt".
"The President added that that "we actually have a clause that guarantees" coverage for those with pre-existing conditions".
Under Obama's 2010 law, insurers may not charge seriously ill customers higher premiums than healthy ones. Such states would have to set up "high-risk pools" to absorb some of the costs.
Such a scenario is one reason why moderates are having trouble lining up behind the bill.
But one previously undecided member, Rep. Jim Renacci, who is also running for governor of his state, said he would vote yes on the bill because he was satisfied that states would be answerable to their people on protections for pre-existing conditions.
"If the governors decide to remove that, that's something they are going to have to do within the constraints of the people they represent", Renacci told CNN's "New Day" on Tuesday. Ryan also said that by promoting high-risk pools and directly subsidizing people with catastrophic illnesses, "you dramatically lower the price of premiums for everyone else buying health insurance".
The legislation would also allow insurers to charge higher premiums to those in their 50s and early 60s, compared to younger consumers.
And it would allow states to relax some key Obamacare protections of those with pre-existing conditions, which are among the health reform law's most popular provisions. But now, he said, he wasn't so sure.
The legislation would add $12.5 billion in spending this fiscal year for the Pentagon, with another $2.5 billion available after Trump gives details on his plans for defeating the Islamic State militant group.