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Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
U.S. | By Wayne Curry

The Public Pulse: Republicans now own health care mess

The Public Pulse: Republicans now own health care mess

"You're looking at some of the top conservatives in the House", he said.

"Unless we gave it massive subsidies, it's not going to be there", he said.

Terminating the Medicaid expansion in 2020 and not 2018 "is sacrosanct to me", said congressman Tom MacArthur of New Jersey.

OH added 700,000 people to its Medicaid rolls under the expansion, which is mostly paid for with federal funds.

And Ryan's efforts to simplify the complicated process of overhauling Obamacare have sputtered repeatedly.

Attacking the CBO now will only strengthen the argument that President Trump and his backers on Capitol Hill live in a world of alternative facts and relative truths.

Ryan told reporters that he and the other Republican leaders could now make "some necessary improvements and refinements" to the legislation, reflecting an urgency to buttress support. The CBO's current director, Kevin Hall, was appointed by Republicans in 2015.

Some conservatives have criticized the plan as being too similar to the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare. The 2010 law, Democratic President Barack Obama's signature legislation, provided 20 million previously uninsured Americans with health coverage.

"I want everyone to know I'm 100 percent behind this", Trump said.

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.

CBO estimated in 2013 that 22 million people would be purchasing insurance through the exchanges in 2016. By 2026, they would be roughly 10% lower than they are under the current system. They've also discussed changing the new tax credits. The nation's largest health care program, it covers 74 million enrollees, or about one in four Americans.

Senate leaders did their best to dismiss the nonpartisan CBO review of the legislation, which found it would increase the number of people without insurance by 14 million in the first year, and by 24 million within a decade ― almost double the estimate for Obamacare.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC offered a more reasoned perspective on the congressional budget report this week: "If they're half right, that'd still be a lot of people who are uninsured".

So, Trumpcare is now sufficiently cruel to garner 216 Republican votes in the House - or, at least, Paul Ryan thinks that it is. The press is - as you know, in many cases, I call it the fake news.

RSC Chairman Mark Walker, R-N.C., said the decision to support the plan came after an agreement on changes to the legislation.

President Donald Trump, accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence, speaks during a meeting with the Republican Study Committee. "If they drive up costs, then they need to go away". "This legislation that the speaker's brought forward doesn't do that".

Trump said several changes have been made to the bill, but did not provide details.

Mr Tacchino explained that one notable item left out was the clause on association health care plans, that would allow small businesses to band together and approach insurance carriers as a group in order to get better underwriting and lower premiums.

"I believe it would have adverse consequences for millions of Americans and it wouldn't deliver on our promises to reduce the cost of health insurance for Americans", Cotton said.

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