House Republicans unveiled their long-awaited plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act earlier this month, and like any plan that would affect roughly one-sixth of the American economy, it contained a lot to digest. "These folks were no's, mostly no's, yesterday, and now every single one is a yes". The bill would kill much of former President Barack Obama's 2010 health care law and create new tax credits and curbs on Medicaid, the federal-state health care program for lower-income people. The changes also include allowing states to receive federal funding for Medicaid in a block grant instead of getting it on a per capita basis as the bill now proposes, the aide said.
"It makes no sense for Speaker Ryan and Chairman Diane Black to force GOP lawmakers to walk the plank and vote for a bad bill that they've already admitted needs to be changed", said Club for Growth president David McIntosh, in a statement, referring to the House Budget chairwoman.
If this is the argument Trump used to win over his guests today - assuming he really did - that's the scenario that seems most plausible to me.
He's rekindled a relationship with Trump, his old rival-turned-president, while trying to steadfastly maintain his conservative credentials. On Tuesday, he emerged from a meeting with Trump with concerns about rising premiums but didn't take a blowtorch to the bill. Walker and Rep. Patrick Henry, both of North Carolina; Mr. Scalise; Reps.
Afterward, Rep Mia Love, R-Utah, crowed on Twitter about extracting concessions.
"We are on track and on schedule", insisted Ryan, voicing determination Thursday at a news conference to keep to a timetable for bringing the bill to the floor next week for a vote.
The bill, dubbed the American Health Care Act, is pending in the House, where it will be reviewed this week by the Budget Committee.
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"I think this was as good a score as we could have hoped for", a GOP aide told NBC.
The administration indicated it was open to revisiting the plan's treatment of Medicaid, the government health insurance program for the poor, during a meeting with a conservative wing of the party. Three committee Republicans are members of the hardline conservative House Freedom Caucus. "President Trump personally assured me that he is 100 percent behind this bill and views its passage as a critical priority", said Banks. "And of all of these members were in various places - some were for, some undecided, some even against this bill initially". A "no" vote would have cut off discussion rather than advance positive changes to the underlying bill for the families and small businesses of the 19th District. These funds could be applied to Medicaid or to the refundable tax credits that are Trumpcare's main form of subsidy.
Trump added, by way of an argument, that the policy implications are "very preliminary" and in the process of being "negotiated".
Several Republicans have expressed deep reservations, putting the outcome of the vote in doubt.
The committee does not have the ability to amend the bill but did discuss and vote on nonbinding recommendations for the Rules Committee to actually act on.
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) introduced a motion for the Republican proposals not to allow new Medicaid enrollment until 2020. As Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley pointed out to the Post, "I have never seen a president's budget proposal not revised substantially".
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.
If GOP lawmakers aren't asking themselves the same question, they're not paying close enough attention.