This month House Speaker Paul Ryan unveiled the highly anticipated Republican alternative to Obamacare: The American Health Care Act.
"I feel very good about it, actually", Ryan said of having the necessary votes Thursday.
"But I think as long as you are not going to have a mandate then the market is going to have to respond with products that are attractive enough for people to join them", Conaway said, adding that a core goal of the bill is to "revitalize the insurance market".
Representative Mark Meadows, the chairman of the hardline conservative House Freedom Caucus, said the bill would "absolutely not" pass the way it is now. And health care looks like its really happening, ' he said.
Democrats have been heavily critical of the new health care plan while conservative Republicans have described it as 'Obamacare-lite'.
'The Speaker said this a minute ago, he didn't say the specifics of it, but he said that some tweaks will be made to the tax credits and probably that's the older - old geezers like me that are 55 and up, ' Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) said, The Hill reported. "I'm not going to be doing it, just so you understand".
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Beyond antagonism from congressional Democrats, the Trump administration's plan has GOP opponents in both houses of Congress. Republican Congressmen Todd Rokita and Luke Messer had also announced his support for the bill before the C-B-O report .
Last Friday, the White House won support from conservative Republican Study Committee (RSC) leaders by agreeing to give states the option to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients and to block grant Medicaid instead of the cap system in the bill.
But he said that was one concern of many, and lawmakers from across the GOP's ideological spectrum have expressed fears that the American Health Care Act will not drive down prices.
"We can work with them to do that, but what they have put forth is a bad bill, 24 million people kicked off of health insurance, which the speaker calls an act of mercy", Pelosi told CBSs" "Face the Nation' in an interview. We've got to go to the Senate.
Faced with growing discontent within his own party-including the fever swamps of Breitbart, where the president's most ardent fans can't decide whether "Ryancare" is "Obamacare 2.0" or doesn't cover enough people, two positions that appear to be in conflict-Trump scrambled onto Tucker Carlson's prime-time Fox News show on Wednesday night to defend his approach and, perhaps accidentally, display a rare bit of humility. If Trumpcare doesn't work out, somebody is going to have to take the blame, and wouldn't it be great if it were Ryan?
Conaway said he expected that to be eliminated, meaning there would be no penalties if the bill became law for people choosing not to get health insurance.
"If it needs more beefing up. for folks who are low income, between 50 and 64 years of age, that's something that we've talked about, something that we've entertained, and that may happen throughout the process", he said. 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.