Medicaid cuts won't harm beneficiaries, access to care, Price says

Rep. Dave Brat R-Va. center a member of the House Freedom Caucus leaves the House Budget Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington Thursday March 16 2017 during the committee’s health markup

Rep. Dave Brat R-Va. center a member of the House Freedom Caucus leaves the House Budget Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington Thursday March 16 2017 during the committee’s health markup

"Obamacare" is the nickname for the Affordable Care Act that Trump and congressional Republicans are trying to repeal and replace. Still others would decide to forgo coverage because of higher premiums or do without Medicaid.

"I want people to know ObamaCare is dead, it's a dead healthcare plan", Trump said in the Oval Office during a meeting with conservative lawmakers.

The first phase of Obamacare repeal won't fix the exchanges or healthcare.gov.

But the Congressional Budget Office projected that these credits do little to offset massive premium increases for lower-income seniors under the new bill.

Before the vote, panel Chairwoman Diane Black, R-Tenn., appealed to fellow Republicans to back the legislation, calling it "the conservative health care vision we've been talking about for years".

Walker indicated the changes relate to Medicaid block grants to states as well as adopting work requirements for Medicaid. That included a number of Republican-led states, including IN under Vice President Mike Pence when he was governor there.

A proposal from the governors, however, would preserve the expansion and make it available to other states that didn't expand it under ObamaCare. Trump did not want to alarm those in favor of the original bill, as he claimed...

Trymp said the unspecified changes were "frankly very little".

Trump and Merkel don't shake hands during awkward interaction in Oval Office
Trump said these nations need "to pay their fair share" in order to receive the promise of defense from the rest of the alliance. In a photo op after their Oval Office meeting, the two leaders sat next to each other in separate chairs.

Conservatives want to end Obama's expansion of Medicaid to 11 million additional low-income people next year, not 2020 as the bill proposes. This is compared to the 28 million that would not have coverage if Obamacare stayed in place.

The CBO also predicts 7 million Americans would lose insurance provided by their employers, mainly because Trumpcare would effectively eliminate the requirement that large firms provide insurance to workers.

The truth is younger participants would probably not participate, and seniors could not afford to participate in the later years of the bill, which means at least 14 million non-participants in the first allay, and in the later years nearly double. Roy Blunt, a member of the Senate Republican leadership, after the CBO report was released.

There seems to be too much opposition for too many different reasons for Republicans to overcome.

"President Trump himself committed that he is all in, 100 percent in for this bill", Mr. Scalise said.

The vote was considered the toughest of the three committee votes held so far on the controversial package.

But now even some Democrats are admitting Obamacare has got serious problems. This is why support needs to be assured if the bill is ever to go through. Prior administrations, both Republican and Democratic, have steered clear of attacking the credibility of the agency, which many lawmakers regard as a neutral arbiter. For example, the agency in 2010 overstated the number of people expected to buy insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law, misjudging how many would join because of the threat of tax penalties. Things would need to be fixed up to where most could get on board.

As the GOP bill, the American Health Care Act, works its way through Congress, Anne Dunkelberg with the left-leaning Center for Public Policy Priorities in Austin says she's a little stumped. Right now, there are not enough backers to get the bill out of the House of Representatives.

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