"President Trump said that he wants as many people covered as under Obamacare", Sen. "Every single person sitting in this room is now a yes".
While many Republicans lauded the plan's impact on the deficit and the high cost of premiums, the rising chorus of concerns means congressional GOP leaders and the White House will have to delicately balance modifying the bill in ways that appease one faction of Republicans without alienating another. But counting those enrollees as well, sign-ups approach 13 million people.
At least seven Republican members of the Budget Committee have made public statements in the past week indicating they want a full repeal of Obamacare, but it's unclear whether four of them will decide to go out on a limb and vote no. "It's a dead healthcare plan", he said. Some have also referred to it as Ryancare, after House Speaker Paul Ryan; Republicancare; Obamacare Lite; and RINOcare, after the term for "Republicans in Name Only".
"I don't think this is about labels and names, this is about getting the job done", White House spokesman Sean Spicer said at the daily press briefing Tuesday.
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. Healthy young people are avoiding Obamacare policies and sicker people are flocking to them.
"Generally, people with lower and moderate incomes would be particularly disadvantaged by provisions in the American Health Care Act relative to the Affordable Care Act", Collins said.
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He praised the Republican plan for its cost savings, but acknowledged it will change significantly during the legislative process. And most of those newly uninsured would come from the ranks of older Americans and from the lower and middle income earners.
But at least a dozen House Republicans did not attend the meeting with Trump and are still critical of the plan.
Justin Amash, R-Mich, turned to Twitter after the president spoke to make it clear not all conservatives had been flipped. Hillary Clinton vowed to fix the broken parts, but Donald Trump campaigned to replace what he called "the disaster that is Obamacare". "It remains a disaster". They got some concrete evidence to back up their argument on Thursday night when Senator Susan Collins of ME said she's a firm "no" on the American Health Care Act. That left House members angry over being asked to take a politically risky vote for legislation likely to be altered.
"This report is a reminder that while there's a big debate in Washington about the future of the Affordable Care Act, the law remains in place for now and is covering millions of people", said Larry Levitt of the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation. That date marks the seventh anniversary of when President Barack Obama signed the ACA, also known as Obamacare, into law.
They said the federal government is too heavily involved in the healthcare system. As a result, CBO and JCT estimate that, in 2018, 14 million more people would be uninsured under the legislation than under current law.
CNN reported that the plan is being reworked to allow states to impose work requirements for able-bodied adults on Medicaid.