Tom Cotton Trashes GOP's 'Three-Step' Strategy For Repealing Obamacare

Tom Cotton Trashes GOP's 'Three-Step' Strategy For Repealing Obamacare

Tom Cotton Trashes GOP's 'Three-Step' Strategy For Repealing Obamacare

Trump's comments came after a meeting with members of the Republican Study Committee, a caucus made up of about 170 more conservative lawmakers. Most of that increase would stem from repealing the individual mandate because some people would choose not to have insurance once free of the threat of penalty. "But when we get the CBO score we'll deal with that", Cohn said.

Gary Cohn, Trump's chief economic adviser, described past CBO analyses as "meaningless".

Though many conservatives - such as Kentucky Sen. The CBO's current director, Kevin Hall, was appointed by Republicans in 2015.

Many in Texas are keeping a close eye on the Republican bid to replace the Affordable Care Act. It would squeeze $880 billion from Medicaid, the federal health program for lower-income people, and reduce tax credits for middle-income earners to buy insurance; and it would hand roughly that same amount right back out the door by cutting $883 billion in taxes that Obamacare imposed to help pay for its coverage expansion.

The Republican proposal to overhaul health care in the United States could cause as many as 24 million people to lose their coverage over the next nine years, the Congressional Budget Office said.

Senator Bernie Sanders, who ran for president in 2016 as a Democrat, said it was "cowardly" for Republicans to proceed with a healthcare bill without CBO estimates, telling CBS' Face the Nation show: "This is a disgrace". It found the House Republican plan would cut healthcare coverage for 24 million Americans by 2026, with 14 million dropping off insurance rolls next year alone. But only 10.4 million were signed up for these plans by the middle of past year, according to Department of Health and Human Services data.

But at least a dozen House Republicans did not attend the meeting with Trump and are still critical of the plan.

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Lee said like the ACA, the new bill was "crafted by a small handful of lawmakers" and "rushed through without adequate input from the American people". The press is - as you know, in many cases, I call it the fake news.

The GOP health care bill received a major boost Friday as critical Republicans who had been opposed pledged to support it after being offered changes to the legislation.

However, the Committee spent a full day discussing motions that, if passed, would direct the chairwoman to seek changes to the bill through the Rules Committee.

The hope - described as a "pretty hard target" by Rep. Bradley Byrne - is for the AHCA to go to a final House vote on Thursday.

"There's gonna be this framework that's gonna be added to or subtracted to during the process, and eventually it's going to pass the House and it's going to pass the Senate", he told Fox News. "This legislation that the speaker's brought forward doesn't do that".

Trump's out-and-out endorsement of the plan comes after he admitted to Fox News' Tucker Carlson in a Wednesday night interview that the plan would hurt his base of voters the most, calling the bill "preliminary".

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