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GOP leaders labor to rescue health care bill amid defections

GOP leaders labor to rescue health care bill amid defections

During his opening remarks in the East Room, POTUS said Senate Republicans and the White House are "getting very close" to reaching an agreement on a path toward the votes needed to pass the healthcare bill.

But that same poll showed that 71 percent of Republicans support repealing the Affordable Care Act, and it would be risky for the GOP to head into the 2018 midterms having failed their base on that pledge.

The CBO said while most insurance markets would remain stable under the Senate bill, the legislation would drive out insurers that serve a "small fraction" of the population, or these areas will see premiums rise very high. "1 in 5 Mainers are on Medicaid".

I hope I never have to write about Lie Four, which would be Republican senators who surely know better - including Susan Collins, Dean Heller, Lisa Murkowski, Jeff Flake, Shelley Moore Capito and Rob Portman - justifying their votes for this monstrosity by claiming that it's the best they could do. Combined with those that defected before the delay, at least nine GOP senators have said they opposed the first iteration of the bill.

According to the CBO report, the Senate bill would result in 49 million people lacking health coverage by 2026 - 22 million more than would have been uninsured under Obamacare.

Several other members have been skeptical or quiet about the bill, including Sen. He opposed the cuts to Medicaid and said the draft bill would not lower people's premiums.

A handful of members had indicated they would vote against a motion to proceed to the legislation in its current form.




She said she plans to attend a meeting later Tuesday with Trump who she said "has a great pulpit" to help change lawmakers' minds.

The budget office report said coverage losses would especially affect people between ages 50 and 64, before they qualify for Medicare, and with incomes below 200 percent of poverty level, or around $30,300 for an individual. And fellow conservative Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said he had "a hard time believing" he'd have enough information to back that motion this week.

The Washington Examiner is now reporting that the GOP leadership has amended their newest version of the American Health Care Act to include a penalty for not having continuous coverage. It's projected to lower the deficit by billions over 10 years, and also cut taxes on corporations and the wealthy. James Lankford of Oklahoma, Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Ben Sasse of Nebraska. That would likely be the end of the state's Healthy Michigan program, as Michigan is one of eight states that expanded Medicaid with the caveat that the expansion would end if federal funding declined.

Starting in 2020, it's all about Medicaid.

The office said that overall, the Senate legislation would increase out of pocket costs for deductibles and copayments.

Lie Three: The Senate bill is a "compromise". President Donald Trump, making a final push to fulfill a key campaign promise, insists Republicans are not "that far off" and signaled last-minute changes are coming to win votes.


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