House panel approves GOP health care plan

20 March, 2017, 05:54 | Author: Leticia Walters
  • AP  Andrew Harnik

"I feel it's exactly where we want to be".

I don't agree with every decision the Democrats make, but I hardly agree with any decision Ryan and President Trump are making.

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. "And the point I would say is, we're going to let people buy what they want to buy". While Ryan said he felt "very good" about the health bill's prospects in the House, a leading conservative lawmaker, Representative Mark Meadows, told the C-Span "Newsmakers" program that there were now 40 Republican "no" votes in the House.

"We think we should be offering even more assistance than the bill now does", for lower-income people age 50 to 64, Ryan said of the tax credits for health insurance that are proposed in the legislation.

The Republican-sponsored proposal to repeal and replace portions of Obamacare is under fire from conservative and moderate Republicans, and a McClatchy analysis of statements from House Republicans over the past 10 days shows there's enough opposition to cause the bill to fail. Both President Donald Trump and former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton hosted fundraisers in the city last July, shortly after Trump accepted the Republican nomination. "He's helping us make sure that we bridge differences with members who are bringing constructive ideas and solutions for how to make this bill better", Ryan said.

Freedom Caucus Members also objected to the bill's Medicaid expansion provision, which allows for a continuance until 2020.

Before the vote, panel Chairwoman Diane Black, R-Tenn., appealed to fellow Republicans to back the legislation, calling it "the conservative health care vision we've been talking about for years".

As he has said since introducing the bill earlier this month, Ryan expressed confidence Sunday about having the requisite 218 votes in the GOP-controlled House to send the bill to the GOP-controlled Senate. "We are right where we want to be".

Those accepting the agreement included Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., leader of the Republican Study Committee, a large group of House conservatives.

Ryan told National Review's editor Rich Lowry, who interviewed the Speaker, that the House plan gives governors freedom to customize Medicaid to the needs of their states. It doesn't repeal Obamacare. We ran on repealing Obamacare because it doesn't work. But it does not rise and fall, like the ACA's subsidies, so a person pays only a fixed percentage of their income on their health insurance premiums. We're going to go to the Senate, we're going to see what happens in the Senate.

Cruz said during an appearance on the CBS's Face the Nation that the House bill falls far short of repealing all the Obamacare mandates and taxes, and that "it doesn't fix the problem" of rising premiums and overall costs to consumers.

DeSantis has called the bill "a work in progress", telling the Washington Post ,"I think we can probably be more aggressive".

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