Republicans Move Ahead on Obamacare Repeal Despite Weak Support

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Republicans Move Ahead on Obamacare Repeal Despite Weak Support

Speaking on "Fox News Sunday", Ryan says he believes the CBO analysis is not accurate but agreed that people in their 50s and 60s experience higher health care costs.

What the expected changes will be remains unclear.

The Wisconsin Republican says "we believe we should offer more assistance than what the bill now does" and that it's one of several possible revisions to help round up enough House votes for the bill. "The president is bringing people to his table, and I'm very impressed with how the president is helping us close this bill, and making the improvements that we've been making, getting the votes". For lower-income people age 50 to 64, Ryan said of the tax credits, "We think we should be offering even more assistance than the bill now does".

With a vote on the GOP's American Health Care Act looming on the House floor as early as Thursday, the White House notified three prominent conservatives senators over the weekend that they likely won't get some of the changes they have been seeking, including an accelerated schedule for phasing out expanded Medicaid coverage in 31 states and the District of Columbia and efforts to eliminate red tape for the insurance industry. According to Reuters, a senior Republican lawmaker claims there are now 40 "No" votes in the House.

Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulRepublicans pitch healthcare plan ahead of key vote Paul predicts GOP healthcare plan will fail Price shoots down clean repeal of ObamaCare MORE (R-Ky.) on Sunday said he does not believe proposed Republican healthcare legislation will pass through Congress.

The bill has generated criticism from both conservative and moderates within the Republican-led House.

Moderate Republicans, meanwhile, have said the tax credits are too limited and would hurt low earners and older patients. "And we're going to take care of them", Mulvaney said on CBS.

"I can not vote for any bill that keeps premiums rising", Cruz said. At the Club for Growth meeting, he again made no mention of Obamacare for 10 minutes before emphasizing that the House bill would "repeal hundreds of billions of dollars in taxes". After the session, lawmakers who were there said the current bill would be changed to give states options to further limit Medicaid enrollment, a move that will help secure their backing.

A recent poll of 1st Congressional District voters suggests they aren't almost as eager to repeal Obamacare as House Speaker Paul Ryan might believe, at least if the replacement involves millions of people losing their health care coverage.

Collins said coverage issues must also be dealt with, citing a report from the Congressional Budget Office that said 14 million people would lose health coverage under the House bill over the next year and 24 million over the next decade.

The GOP bill as written offers a fixed tax credit for low- and middle-income Americans that rises by age. Yet it's not clear that there are enough votes to pass the bill in the House and send it to the Senate, where it will face a fresh set of obstacles. A tax cut masquerading as a health care plan. "We are encouraged that we're seeing an increase in defense because we think our military has been hollowed out".

Information for this article was contributed by Hope Yen of The Associated Press; by Jim Puzzanghera of the Los Angeles Times; by Ben Brody, Anna Edney, Mark Niquette and Shannon Pettypiece of Bloomberg News; and by Mike DeBonis of The Washington Post.

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