Republicans revamp U.S. health bill to help older Americans

US Speaker of the House Paul Ryan explains Trump-backed health care bill at the US Capitol

US Speaker of the House Paul Ryan explains Trump-backed health care bill at the US Capitol

"This will be a unified front in the end", Cantor said.

Several Republicans have said they can't support the law as it stands and are demanding changes. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), chairman of the House Freedom Caucus - met at President Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida in an attempt "to fix this bill".

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"They're going to give us Obamacare lite?"

Republicans remain deeply divided over their USA healthcare overhaul, which is President Donald Trump's first major legislative initiative and aims to fulfill his campaign pledge to repeal and replace Obamacare, the healthcare program of his Democratic predecessor Barack Obama. He also says some changes have been made to the bill. It shifts the risks from insurance companies to the consumer. He won the backing of a dozen conservative lawmakers on Friday after an Oval Office meeting in which the president endorsed a work requirement and block-grant option for Medicaid.

"That may be the case and that's why as it works through this legislative process, we're looking at it and working with our legislative colleagues to make certain that we've got the kind of plan that actually works for people in the real world - something that the previous administration didn't do", Price said responding to Cassidy's concerns.

Health secretary Tom Price is prodding divided Republicans to "get together and collaborate" on a health care overhaul GOP leaders can push through the House.

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One House GOP leader, Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, said they were on track to bring the legislation to the House Rules Committee early next week.

A House vote was scheduled for Thursday.

President Donald Trump has been talking with GOP lawmakers about potential changes.

"They are generally happy with their health insurance and are spooked by the possibility for another drastic change".

Some GOP governors weighed in Thursday evening in a letter to congressional leaders saying the House bill gives them nearly no new flexibility and lacks sufficient resources to protect the vulnerable. Democrats are united in fierce opposition.

He says the current bill, which is set for a vote Thursday in the House, doesn't go far enough.

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