Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Trump woos his former opponents in bid to repeal and replace Obamacare

Trump woos his former opponents in bid to repeal and replace Obamacare

Heller joined three fellow GOP senators in opposing the bill: Susan Collins of Maine, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Mike Lee of Utah.

Trump took full ownership of the plan as the House prepared to vote on the bill next Thursday, Politico reported. "I watch, and I say that's not the bill we're passing". He said the change "doesn't move the ball more than a couple yards on a very long playing field".

"Well it's a fine needle that needs to be thread". Earlier this week, Trump promised a group of conservative activists that he's open to major changes to the bill, while White House adviser Kellyanne Conway separately insisted to a different group of stakeholders that the bill was nearly in its final form.

Speaking on Fox News Sunday, Ryan said he was confident about bringing the American Health Care Act before the House of Representatives on Thursday and was addressing concerns raised by rank-and-file Republicans.

Ryan likes to bill himself as a concerned and committed Christian.

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While proponents say the GOP plan would eventually provide Americans with access to less expensive, more patient and doctor-centric coverage, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected that 24 million people would lose voluntarily decline coverage under that approach by 2026 and that the replacement coverage would be more expensive in the short run - especially for older and low-income people.

But House Republicans want to eliminate that feature of the law, and the GOP bill would allow a 5-to-1 ratio as part of an attempt to attract more of the younger, healthier customers whom insurers want. Trump tore up many Republican orthodoxies and went out and found a different way to unlock the electoral map, winning in the industrial Midwest.

Trump came back to what he described as successful arm-twisting tactics at another meeting on veterans issues.

At the same time Ryan acknowledged that some changes in the bill are being proposed based on the feedback received. In contrast, those who would benefit from the tax rebates are the wealthy. For starters, it is not the full repeal we were promised, keeping some of the core pillars of Obamacare, and it does not contain some of the most basic tenants of Republican health care reform, like the ability to purchase health insurance across state lines and tort reform.

"They still believe that the conservatives in their caucus don't want Obamacare Lite", he said.

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