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House panel approves troubled GOP health care bill

20 March, 2017, 05:59 | Author: Mae Harvey
  • Rep. Dave Brat R-Va. center a member of the House Freedom Caucus leaves the House Budget Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington Thursday March 16 2017 during the committee's health markup

The report's findings constitute a blow to the Republican leadership, which has long sought to eliminate the current health care reform pushed by ex-President Barack Obama and replace it with this new plan.

Amid the maneuvering, a government report said more than 12 million people have signed up for coverage this year under the very statute that President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans want to repeal.

"This is a great plan". Mark Walker, R-N.C., the chairman of the Republican Study Committee, told reporters. Trump said they are now "all yeses" on the bill after previously being "noes or potential noes". "This certainly signals that there's more work to be done", Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said in an interview Tuesday on CNN.

"This solidifies my support", Barr said.

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"They have not been giving it a fair press".

That group of House members includes some who'd been lukewarm about the bill going into the meeting.

"Here they are forecasting coverage, but they got it completely wrong under the ACA, because people didn't want to buy ACA coverage", she said.

At an all-hands meeting Wednesday evening of House GOP lawmakers, Vice President Mike Pence and party leaders urged their rank-and-file to unite behind the legislation.

Dear Editor: Medicaid is a federal program that covers our most vulnerable citizens: the elderly, people with disabilities and children who live in poverty.

The House Budget Committee has voted to advance the troubled Republican health care bill.

The bill passed the House Budget Committee on Thursday and will move next to the House Rules Committee. That would let Trump pressure "Democrats in these red states to come on board, '" Ross said, referring to Republican-leaning states where Democratic senators face re-election next year. Conservatives criticize this bill as "Obamacare Lite", replacing one entitlement with another; those lawmakers seek a full Obamacare eradication, including popular features that allow children to remain on parents' policies until age 26 and forbid insurers from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions.

It was an odd coalition for the first roll call vote of the hearing, as Brat, Sanford, and Palmer have criticized the bill for not being conservative enough, while Democrats continue to decry the cuts to Medicaid and safety nets for low-income citizens.

In another warning signal, four GOP governors wrote congressional leaders Thursday saying the bill's approach to Medicaid would not work for states.

The report could influence sentiment toward a bill that is already under fire from both Democrats and many conservative Republicans, especially if it suggests the legislation would reduce the number of Americans with health coverage or that it would worsen US budget deficits.

"If the CBO was right about Obamacare to begin with, there'd be 8 million more people on Obamacare today than there actually are", said Mick Mulvaney, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, disputing the accuracy of CBO data.

TOM PRICE, health and human services secretary: "I firmly believe that nobody will be worse off financially in the process that we're going through".

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