'No palace intrigue,' Ryan says of health bill

Posted March 20, 2017

Speaker Paul Ryan and House Republicans released their health care "plan". One possibility is that Republicans will sweeten their proposals.

Republicans remain deeply divided over their US healthcare overhaul, Trump's first major legislative initiative and one that aims to make good on his campaign pledge to repeal and replace the healthcare plan put in place by his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama.

In a new complication, Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa, said the measure lacked the votes to pass in the Senate, where Republicans hold a precarious 52-48 majority.

In what seemed like conflicting signals, Price said Friday that President Donald Trump "is very supportive" of the legislation, even though Trump himself has recently called the existing bill "very preliminary".

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Without Democratic support, Republicans can not afford to lose many votes from their own ranks, even though they control both chambers of Congress, as well as the White House.

"Don't cut off discussion". Democrats say just a few tweaks would fix things.

The conservative Freedom Caucus, which consists of about 40 House members, is still not on board, per a tweet Friday. Dave Brat of Virginia, Gary Palmer of Alabama and Mark Sanford of SC - opposed the measure. Obamacare expanded its eligibility and increased funding for it, which enabled about 10 million previously uninsured Americans to obtain medical insurance. But in general he says, "It's bad deal for Texas". Citing lawmakers' town hall meetings that have been jammed with activists opposing the GOP bill, he said, "This bill is not what the American people want".

The hope - described as a "pretty hard target" by Rep. Bradley Byrne - is for the AHCA to go to a final House vote on Thursday.

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In a report this week that prompted many GOP lawmakers to emerge as opponents, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said the legislation would leave 24 million people uninsured in a decade, including 14 million next year, and boost out-of-pocket costs for many. Premiums would go up for older Americans and down for younger Americans. He insisted that Trump was closely involved in that process, disputing reports of "palace intrigue" or any "schism" between himself and the president.

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"Step two requires us to believe that Tom Price is going to go outside the law", Labrador said.

"They're buying off people one by one with these little changes", said Rep. Raul Labrador. The tricky part was that they needed to find a way to help people immediately upon the bill going into place, but not risk pushing Americans out of insurance plans they could not afford without government aide that the Affordable Care Act helped to provide them. Dean Heller, R-Nev., facing re-election next year, became the fourth Republican senator to announce his opposition.

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The House Budget Committee, whose membership includes several conservative mavericks, was expected to sign off on the measure today in what could be a close vote. They have also pushed for the bill's proposed freeze on Obamacare's Medicaid expansion to be accelerated from 2020 up to 2019 or 2018.