Price prods GOP to 'collaborate' on health care overhaul

Price prods GOP to 'collaborate' on health care overhaul

Price prods GOP to 'collaborate' on health care overhaul

"The press has not been speaking properly about how great this is going to be", he said. The bill would kill much of former President Barack Obama's 2010 health care law and create new tax credits and curbs on Medicaid, the federal-state health care program for lower-income people.

Trump, after a meeting with members of the Republican Study Committee, said he wanted "everyone to know I'm 100 percent behind" the GOP plan.

"It's going to be a huge rush - an inducement to drag in as many people as they can drag in, because the more they can drag in, the more federal dollars they can get", he says.

President Donald Trump, accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence, speaks during a meeting with the Republican Study Committee.

But Trump on Friday said that the current state of Obamacare necessitates that bill passing Congress.

While the rapid-fire events seemed to build momentum for the pivotal GOP legislation, its fate remained clouded.

Rep. Andy Barr of Kentucky is also now on board after the changes promised at the White House meeting.

"My whip count indicates that there are 40 no's", enough to defeat the bill, said Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., who leads the hard-line House Freedom Caucus.

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Lots of other provisions in the American Health Care Act are getting more attention than these tax cuts for the wealthy, but I believe that what really drives this legislation is this seven million dollar windfall for each of the nation's richest families.

The House Republican legislation would scrap tax penalties for Americans without health insurance, roll back an expansion of Medicaid insurance for the poor, and replace Obamacare's income-based subsidies with a system of fixed tax credits to help people buy private insurance on the open market.

The House bill "as drafted" won't pass in the Senate, Cruz added.

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.

But underscoring the push-pull problem GOP leaders face in winning votes, moderates feel the tax credits are too stingy, especially for low earners and older people.

"That's never healthy to let something sit out there too long because pretty soon you have a carcass left", he said.

It seems that proponents of the AHCA are not listening to the message that citizens in MI and nationally are giving policy makers: fix the ACA so that it can provide better quality, more accessible and lower-cost health coverage. Moderates have been shaken by the estimate from the Congressional Budget Office that 24 million people could lose their health coverage if the bill passes. Our members care deeply about their health care and have told us repeatedly that they want to know where their elected officials stand. They also support giving states flexibility to use work requirements and asset tests for people trying to enroll. Collins' opposition leaves the bill short of the support it needs in the Senate unless it changes, since GOP leaders can only lose two votes. Some are actually behind the expansion that Obamacare allowed, which allowed federal and not state money to extend healthcare to more people who needed it in certain states.

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