GOP Tweaks Healthcare Bill for Older Americans

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"We have a president who is rolling up his sleeves". The House was expected to vote Thursday on the GOP-backed health care bill. He expressed confidence that the bill would pass in the House and move on to the Senate.

"So I am very optimistic. We are right where we want to be".

Rep. Steve Scalise, the Louisiana Republican who serves as majority whip, sent out a message late Sunday to encourage House Republicans to support the repeal of the law popularly called Obamacare. He planned to court House Republicans on Tuesday. He told them: "This is our moment to make history".

The bill is still scheduled to be brought to the floor for a vote on March 23.

Price said that would "place vulnerable people at risk". But he acknowledged that the GOP bill would probably have to change. Rand Paul and Rep. Thomas Massie, Republicans who oppose the bill, is an opportunity to turn pressure from the president's followers onto the legislation's opponents.

"I can not vote for any bill that keeps premiums rising", Cruz said.

The rally Monday night was the Trump administration's second high-profile event in Kentucky in 10 days and took the president to the home state of one of the most outspoken critics of the plan, Sen. "Here is the central prize: If we lower premiums, and hopefully lower them a lot, that is a victory for the American people". "We need to roll up our sleeves and focus on fixing those problems, rather than trying to rush to some arbitrary deadline".

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The current GOP bill, which could still be changed to try to gain support from conservatives, would cause 24 million Americans to lose their current insurance coverage by 2026, thanks to a shrinking of subsidies provided to help people buy coverage and a rollback of the Medicaid program for the poor. "It's a awful situation. You have to stop them". They have in the House plan bailouts for insurance companies.

Last week, Trump agreed to add more Medicaid curbs to appease some conservatives.

Repealing and replacing Obamacare became a flagship promise in Trump's presidential campaign. He joins GOP Rep. John Katko, from a closely divided district in upstate NY, who cited inadequate insurance access and cost controls. "The only valid critiques are those that recognize this bill does nothing to make people healthier", Kennedy said. I think there's enough conservatives that do not want 'ObamaCare lite, ' " Paul said on ABC's "This Week". "How's that? It's so wrong".

Meanwhile, White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney slammed the ObamaCare saying one of the key points of the Republicans' plan is that it is going to "encourage more competition".

"We know who his voters are. We're going to do it", he said. The current House Republican bill would wind down the current Medicaid expansion starting in 2020, and there are proposals to start a wind-down sooner.

"We think we should be offering even more assistance than the bill now does" for lower-income people age 50 to 64, Ryan, the top Republican in Congress, said of the tax credits for health insurance that are proposed in the legislation. That age group tends to have more medical issues than younger adults and, thus, higher insurance costs, and the ACA forbids insurers to charge their oldest customers more than three times their rates for young adults - essentially having young adults cross-subsidize the cost of coverage for older ones. It would shift some costs from the federal government to those least able to afford health care but without substantially driving down costs for the rest, while substantially increasing costs for some, older Americans in particular. If premiums rise but a person's income does not, then his out-of-pocket costs do not increase. A tax cut masquerading as a health care plan.

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