House schedules vote on ObamaCare replacement bill

And he said that "fantastic" GOP plan pending in the House of Representatives will lead to "bidding by insurance companies like you've never seen before", and new designs for health plans that "nobody's even thought of.to take care of people".

Just as the party's conservatives began expressing optimism about the proposal's fortunes, Republican moderates raised concerns that tax credits now in the bill meant to help people buy health insurance were not sufficient.

Four GOP governors say the House Republicans' ObamaCare repeal plan will shift costs to states and offer no new flexibility for them to handle their Medicaid programs.

Trump also bragged about flipping a number of conservative Republican lawmakers from "no" votes on that plan to "yes" votes after meeting with a group of them at the White House.

"Obamacare" is the nickname for the Affordable Care Act that Trump and congressional Republicans are trying to repeal and replace.

Congressional leadership wants to have the bill passed within a month.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, however, pulled out some of the more favorable parts from the report, citing CBO estimates that AHCA would eventually lower premiums. Despite this, President Trump has put his full support behind this. The CBO says 24 million people will be thrown off their insurance plans in the next 10 years.

Republicans are on the fence when it comes to Medicaid.

Currently, Obamacare allows for an expanded version of Medicaid in 31 states, covering anyone making up to $15,000. It was agreed then to allow this in the states that wanted it and places like OH actually benefited.

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In the Senate, Susan Collins, R-Maine, told the Portland Press Herald, "This is not a bill I could support in its current form".

House Republican Justin Amash was having none of Trump's strongarm tactics. Trump did not want to alarm those in favor of the original bill, as he claimed...

"Everything has to be a change that would increase the vote count", Scalise said.

This could have been in response to a recent CBO report that came out last week, which found 52 million people would be uninsured by 2026 if the GOP bill became law.

Previously, Sanders had cited a calculation from ThinkProgress, a left-leaning website, assuming that 29.8 million people would lose their insurance and that one person will die for every 830 people who lose insurance. The other is that older people may face sky-high premiums under the GOP measure and may drop coverage altogether. He pledged in his speech to a joint session of Congress just two weeks ago to replace it with a plan that would give people cheaper insurance, better coverage, more choices, and a continued guarantee that pre-existing conditions won't deny anyone.

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. It is about 1.6 million people short of Obama's goal for 2017 sign-ups, the government said.

Chairman Diane Black of Tennessee will hear about a half-dozen procedural motions during the hearing Thursday before moving to vote on the legislation, where conservative rank-and-file Republicans will have their shot to steal the national spotlight. He insisted that Trump was closely involved in that process, disputing reports of "palace intrigue" or any "schism" between himself and the president. They are as unified against President Trump and the American Health Care Act as Republicans were against President Obama and the Affordable Care Act.

But it's not clear whether the AHCA now has enough votes to pass the House. "We've done some great things", and "health care looks like it's really happening". However, more alterations could very well occur between now and next week.

  • Myrtle Hill