Trump to address House GOP ahead of ObamaCare repeal vote

Pablo Tucker
March 20, 2017

Meanwhile, a key conservative senator said White House officials were continuing to negotiate through the weekend on even more dramatic revisions to the bill in hopes of winning over hard-liners who have threatened to tank the legislation.

Republicans remain deeply divided over the healthcare overhaul, which is President Donald Trump's first major legislative initiative.

Speaking on "Fox News Sunday", Ryan said he believes the CBO analysis is not accurate but agreed that people in their 50s and 60s experience higher health care costs.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said he and two other conservative leaders - Sen.


House Republicans announced they'll have a space set up on Capitol Hill for lawmakers to spin their Affordable Care Act repeal and replacement bill to the media before it comes up for a vote on the House floor Thursday.

House Speaker Ryan disputed the comparison, saying it suggests the same plans the ACA established will be available in a decade. That's kind of a big problem from Trump, and any Republican who has to look forward to running for re-election in next year with a president whose legitimacy is in serious question.

"We feel very good where we are", Ryan said, adding "We're still having conversations with our members". Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price also said regulatory changes in particular could increase competition in markets.

He has met with conservatives frequently over the last few weeks, trying to sway them as they threaten to vote against the American Health Care Act on Thursday for leaving in place several ObamaCare provisions.


The Freedom Caucus wants much more conservative changes to the GOP health plan that would repeal all of ObamaCare's provisions and insurer mandates, like one that requires insurers to cover people with preexisting conditions.

Leadership can only lose 21 Republican votes and still pass the bill. But he acknowledged that the GOP bill would probably have to change. Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., wrote on Twitter on Monday that he couldn't recall a more "universally detested piece of legislation" than the GOP's health care bill.

North Carolina Republican Meadows said the changes being considered for the Medicaid program would not go far enough if they left it up to states to decide whether to put in place a work requirement. "We're making fine-tuning improvements to the bill to reflect people's concerns, to reflect peoples' improvements".

But Ryan admitted that there were improvements to be made to the bill until it is brought to the floor. "The president is bringing people to his table, and I'm very impressed with how the president is helping us close this bill, and making the improvements that we've been making, getting the votes".


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