Trump criticizes Republican healthcare reform
- Author: Hannah Rogers Jun 15, 2017,
Jun 15, 2017, 2:47
His call for more funding, though, could make it more hard to sell the bill to House Republicans, who will meet with senators after a bill passes the Senate to reconcile the differences between the two legislative bodies.
The sources say the president did not say what aspects of the bill he was characterizing. But it did give fodder to Democrats who are likely to revel in Trump's derision of his party's bill. At a Rose Garden ceremony minutes after the bill's 217-213 House passage on May 4, Trump called it "a great plan". "So we have kept our promises". "This is a great plan, I actually think it will get even better". Johnson nearly certainly must be one of the 50 votes required to pass a GOP health care bill in the Senate.
A recurring line of opposition was that it doesn't fully cover Americans with pre-existing conditions.
Doubts over the future of the bill in the Senate rose after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) issued a report in May predicting that if the Republican reform is to go ahead, 23 million people in the U.S. will lose their medical coverage within a decade.
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Their push to extend coverage for more people comes as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released a new study that predicted that the House bill would cause almost 13 million more Americans to become uninsured over the next decade. Under reconciliation, the procedural process that Republicans are using to pass legislation to avoid a filibuster, the Senate debate is limited to 20 hours.
"We are still in discussions about what will be in the final product so it is premature to release any draft absent further member conversations and consensus", a senior Senate GOP aide told Axios Monday.
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One GOP Senate aide said there wasn't a lot of substance in the meeting. These included disagreements over phasing out Medicaid expansion to additional low-income people, easing some of the law's coverage requirements and reshaping subsidies the statute provides to millions of individuals buying policies.
The study estimates the House bill would also reduce federal spending by $328 billion over 10 years, compared with $119 billion in the CBO analysis.
Trump's comments, during a White House lunch with a group of 15 GOP senators from across the ideological spectrum, signaled that he may be willing to embrace a less-aggressive revision of the Affordable Care Act than Republicans have previously promised.
Americans deeply disapprove of the AHCA.
Doctors and hospitals opposed the House bill, as did the American Cancer Society and AARP.
Senate Republican Conference Chair John Thune, R-South Dakota, who attended the lunch, said Trump talked about "making sure that we have a bill that protects people with preexisting conditions" and how to design a tax credit for purchasing insurance that works for lower-income and elderly people in particular. "How do we do it?'" "The consequences would be awful to fail", adding: "Even worse than not passing a bill is passing a bill that makes the problems worse".
"The Senate is, as we speak, working tirelessly to improve this legislation and create an orderly framework to transition our healthcare economy away from the regulations and mandates and taxes of Obamacare to a patient-centered healthcare system built on personal responsibility, free-market competition, and state-based reform", Pence said in his remarks. McCaskill went on to say that she has "no idea of what's being proposed".