AARP Opposes Health-Care Replacement Plan

AARP Opposes Health-Care Replacement Plan

AARP Opposes Health-Care Replacement Plan

Obamacare is "dead", "dead", "dead", President Donald Trump repeatedly said Friday morning as he promised "to take care of people at all levels" with a controversial Republican plan to replace the health-care law.

Mr. Pence huddled with the Republican Study Committee, an influential bloc of 170 GOP members, for about 40 minutes to discuss the group's wish-list for the plan, which leaders are pushing through the House despite vocal rifts within the party.

The president said the Republican bill to repeal and replace key parts of the Affordable Care Act "is a great plan".

Price argued that Medicaid "is having extreme difficulty providing the care that's needed for all of the individuals on it", and could be improved by giving more flexibility to the states instead of federal health officials.

To the cameras, Trump said, "I want people to know ObamaCare is dead, it's a dead healthcare plan".

Lawmakers said the two sides agreed to additional restrictions on Medicaid that states would be allowed to choose.

"They won't have the votes unless they change it" further, Meadows said.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., declined to commit to bringing the measure to the House floor next week, a fresh indication of uncertainty.

Senators found an array of faults with the legislation, raising a challenge for GOP leaders trying to craft a cohesive message.

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- Later, the uninsured rate would rise as federal funding shrinks and states change Medicaid rules. Experts said the report undercuts Republican claims that the health law's insurance markets are teetering toward collapse, which they say makes repealing the law crucial. If they really believe that, they are in total denial about what the rest of the American people already know; Obamacare is doomed and only massive changes can prevent a total breakdown of the health insurance industry. The House Republican bill would wind down the current Medicaid expansion starting in 2020. Prior administrations, both Republican and Democratic, have steered clear of attacking the credibility of the agency, which many lawmakers regard as a neutral arbiter.

Expressing concern is one thing, but a no vote by any GOP member in committee is another - a calculated risk for rank-and-file Republicans.

"And if people just want little changes to the bill they're going to be able to be bought".

"That's never healthy to let something sit out there too long because pretty soon you have a carcass left", he said. Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Ala., among those who met with Trump, said the president "told his people" to work on changes making the measure more generous for lower-earning and older Americans.

GOP support became scarcer when the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office projected the legislation would push 24 million Americans off coverage in a decade and shift out-of-pocket costs toward lower income, older people.

"Tell me who you walk with and I'll tell you who you are".

If the poor and others can't afford health insurance, they won't be covered unless someone subsidizes their insurance. But if Texas still refuses to expand, it will have to share a pot of $10 billion over five years with other non-expansion states, per the GOP bill.

The report found 14 million more would be uninsured in 2018 with the AHCA than under current legislation.

"It provides nearly no new flexibility for states, does not ensure the resources necessary to make sure no one is left out, and shifts significant new costs to states", wrote Govs.

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