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GOP Bill Threatens to Throw Free-Care Burden Back on Hospitals

20 March 2017, 01:37 | Darin Griffith

GOP Bill Threatens to Throw Free-Care Burden Back on Hospitals

GOP Bill Threatens to Throw Free-Care Burden Back on Hospitals

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said on Monday that 14 million Americans would lose medical insurance next year under the Republican plan. On a call with state reporters, Sen. "This is the plan that we've been working - House, Senate, White House - together on", House Speaker Paul Ryan told FOX Business News.

The White House has spent the last week engaged in a charm offensive aimed at bringing those conservatives on board, as well as an effort to discredit the CBO before it released numbers that might cast the plan in a negative light. John Thune, R-S.D., a member of party leadership, want to change the bill to make refundable tax credits more generous for older, lower income Americans.

CBO said the number of people without health coverage would soar in subsequent years, "to 21 million in 2020 and then to 24 million in 2026" compared to those now insured under the reforms implemented by Trump's Democratic predecessor Barack Obama. Moreover, they represent initial enrollment, and there's usually significant attrition over the course of a year. Much of the infighting around the health care bill is normal for a legislative battle of this size and impact. It eliminates the "Obamacare" mandate to buy health insurance, limits tax credits and unwinds a Medicaid expansion, but some conservatives say it doesn't go far enough. Under the current law, that person would pay $1,700 for an insurance premium equating to 6.4 percent of his or her annual income.

"This is not a bill I could support in its current form", Collins told the Portland Press Herald.

"It provides nearly no new flexibility for states, does not ensure the resources necessary to make sure no one is left out, and shifts significant new costs to states", wrote Govs.

"The markets continue to be dominated by enrollees receiving subsidies", said Pearson. A Congressional Budget Office analysis of the plan estimated older, poorer consumers would suffer the most under it.

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The president griped that the media was not reporting fairly on the bill.

Getting the support of that group of GOP House members better solidifies support for the bill at a moment when its passage appeared in peril. "This is something we wrote with the Senate committees".

Trump's comments came after a meeting with members of the Republican Study Committee, a caucus made up of about 170 more conservative lawmakers.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen Jeanne ShaheenRussian parliament approves investigation of United States media Dem senator to GOP: Listen to Kasich on healthcare Protect lives, USA credibility: Pass the Keeping Our Promise to Our Afghan Allies Act MORE (D-N.H.) is advising the GOP to listen to fellow Republican, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, on how to move forward on healthcare.

The House Budget Committee, whose membership includes several conservative mavericks, was expected to sign off on the measure today in what could be a close vote.



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