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Trump to address House GOP ahead of ObamaCare repeal vote

20 March 2017, 11:47 | Ross Houston

Trump to address House GOP ahead of ObamaCare repeal vote

Texas Reps. John Ratcliffe and Blake Farenthold meet with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office along with other members of the Republican Study Committee to talk about the proposed American

The bill needs 216 votes to pass the House, meaning as many as 21 Republicans could vote against it and it would still pass without support from Democrats.

"We think that we should be offering even more assistance than what the bill now does", Ryan, R-Wis., said in a "Fox News Sunday" interview, in which he confirmed that House leaders are eyeing a Thursday vote on its passage. Over the weekend, Meadows met with President Donald Trump to discuss conservative members' qualms with the bill. But "we believe we do need to add some additional assistance for people in those older cohorts", he said.

Trump is set to meet Ezekiel Emanuel, a health policy special adviser under Obama who helped shape the Affordable Care Acton, at the White House on Monday, along with Ryan and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price. Among the many criticisms levied against the bill, some are concerned that it doesn't do enough to protect seniors and low-income Americans from rising health-care costs.

Changes that the House Republicans are considering include helping people in their 50s and 60s, who, according to a recent analysis by the Congressional Budget Office, will see sharp increases in premiums in 10 years, compared with what they would pay under the existing plan.

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The Wisconsin Republican says "we believe we should offer more assistance than what the bill now does" and that it's one of several possible revisions to help round up enough House votes for the bill.

In all of this, it's becoming increasingly obvious that the AHCA may devastate the very same people - older rural lower income Americans - who passionately voted for Trump when he vowed to repeal and replace Obamacare. This comes after critics highlight the glaring inefficiencies in the bill to address healthcare for Americans aged 50 or above. That, according to the CBO estimate, leads to substantial cost savings that - together with cuts to Medicaid - allow the GOP plan to eliminate almost all of the taxes imposed under the ACA. But by-and-large they feel talks with the far-right are just about done, and that they can't give conservatives everything they want. We're still having conversations with our members.

But Ryan expressed confidence that the bill would pass the House this week - and then move to the Senate, where the legislation is facing even sharper doubts and the GOP majority is much narrower.

But Ryan admitted that there were improvements to be made to the bill until it is brought to the floor. He cited Trump's hands-on involvement as a key factor is moving the legislation forward. A CBO report said many older people would receive less aid under the bill than under current law - a major concern to many wavering lawmakers.



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