‘I just want to let the world know I am 100% in favour’; Trump OKs changes in GOP health care bill

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Republican Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Ted Cruz of Texas have voiced strong objections, and Senate moderates don’t want to boot constituents off coverage. Heller, whose state has expanded Medicaid, joined three fellow GOP senators in opposing the bill: Susan Collins of Maine, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Mike Lee of Utah.

He said it would provide inadequate insurance access and cost controls and hurt hospitals. John Katko, from a closely divided district in New York’s Hudson River valley, said late Friday he opposed the measure. Freshman GOP Rep.


He said the change “doesn’t move the ball more than a couple yards on a very long playing field.” Mark Meadows, R-N.C., who leads the hard-line House Freedom Caucus. “My whip count indicates that there are 40 no’s,” enough to defeat the bill, said Rep.
Centrists remained wary of yanking constituents from coverage. Conservatives seemed unlikely to achieve their demands that the GOP bill’s phase-out of Obama’s Medicaid expansion — now 2020 — be accelerated to next year and that the credit be denied people with little or no tax liability. Many represent states where voters have gained Medicaid and other insurance under the 2010 statute.

House leaders discussed other amendments calibrated to round up votes and scheduled a showdown vote Thursday. WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump agreed to add fresh Medicaid curbs to the House Republican health care bill Friday, bolstering the measure with support from some conservative lawmakers but leaving its prospects wobbly.
Associated Press writers Erica Werner, Kevin Freking, Matthew Daly, Jill Colvin and Kenneth Thomas contributed to this report.
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Mark Walker, R-N.C., leader of the Republican Study Committee, a large group of House conservatives. Those accepting the agreement included Rep.

Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Ala., among those who met with Trump, said the president “told his people” to work on changes making the measure more generous for lower-earning and older Americans. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., said House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., assured him that the bill’s tax credit would be focused more on lower-income people. Rep.
It would create new tax credits that would be less generous than current federal subsidies for many consumers, and repeal levies on the wealthy and medical firms that helped finance Obama’s expansion of coverage to 20 million Americans. The Republican bill would kill much of Obama’s health care law, including tax penalties for people who don’t buy insurance and its expansion of Medicaid, the federal-state health program for the poor.
It seemed clear that GOP leaders remained short of the 216 votes they’ll need, and additional changes were in the works.


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Thursday will mark the seventh anniversary of when President Barack Obama signed his health overhaul into law, one of his milestone achievements enacted over unanimous GOP opposition. Beyond symbolism, Republican leaders want Congress to complete the measure before an early April recess exposes lawmakers to two weeks of lobbying and town hall pressure tactics by activists, doctors, hospitals and other opponents.

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Dean Heller, R-Nev., facing re-election next year, became the fourth Republican senator to announce his opposition. Across the Capitol, Sen. That left Senate GOP leaders at least two votes shy of what they’d need to prevail in the chamber, which they control 52-48.
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) From left, White House press secretary Sean Spicer, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, arrive to speak outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Monday, March 13, 2017, after Congress’ nonpartisan budget analysts reported that 14 million people would lose coverage next year under the House bill dismantling former President Barack Obama’s health care law.

While the rapid-fire events seemed to build momentum for the pivotal GOP legislation, its fate remained clouded. One leading House conservative said the alterations were insufficient and claimed enough allies to sink the measure, and support among moderates remained uncertain.
Thirty-one states have enlarged their Medicaid rolls under the law. Also, any additional states that expand Medicaid would not receive the additional federal money Obama’s law provided them for doing so.

Congressional Democrats remain solidly opposed to the GOP effort.

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The program currently costs the federal government around $370 billion annually and covers costs no matter the amounts. The agreement would let states accept lump-sum federal payments for Medicaid, instead of money that would grow with the number of beneficiaries.

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“We’re going to have a health care plan that’s going to be second to none.” “I just want to let the world know I am 100 per cent in favour” of the measure, Trump said at the White House after meeting around a dozen House lawmakers and shaking hands on revisions.
In a report that weakened GOP support, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has said the legislation would leave 24 million people uninsured in a decade and boost out-of-pocket costs for many.

“These changes definitely strengthen our numbers,” said the House GOP’s top vote counter, Rep. “But they also show that President Trump is all-in now” to help win converts. Steve Scalise of Louisiana.

Trump’s deal with lawmakers would let states impose work requirements on some of Medicaid’s roughly 60 million recipients. The condition would apply to healthy people with no dependents, a White House official said.

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