House schedules vote on ObamaCare replacement bill


President Trump says he's "100 percent behind" the House GOP health care bill.

A substantial 12 million people have enrolled for coverage this year under the very health care statute that President Donald Trump and the Republican Congress want to erase, the government said Wednesday.

The committee voted 19-17 to pass the bill, with all Democrats and three Republicans voting no: Reps.

Several Republicans have expressed deep reservations, putting the outcome of the vote in doubt.

"We can not support AHCA as drafted because of the expected decline in health insurance coverage and the potential harm it would cause to vulnerable patient populations", said the AMA's chief executive officer, James L. Madara, in a letter to the House committee's leadership.

The "no" vote by the three Freedom Caucus members indicates that the conservative group is getting serious about blocking the bill.

Public posturing by conservatives and moderates in Ryan's party is leaving little middle ground for compromise, and it's unclear whether modest revisions will be enough to secure passage of the measure.

In this March 8, 2017, photo, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. speaks during a news conference at the Republican National Committee Headquarters on Capitol Hill in Washington.

"I think they are about to realize just how popular this President is and how much the American people want to have a bill on his desk that repeals and replaces Obamacare and this is the bill that President Trump wants us on his desk", he added.

A copy of the letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan was provided to The Associated Press.

Republican members have been assured that the current House bill is on track and being reworked to include the option for states to impose work requirements for able-bodied adults who are on Medicaid, something the RSC has been lobbying for.

All four lead states that expanded eligibility for the Medicaid health care program for the poor with federal funding under a Democratic health care law signed by former President Barack Obama.

For one, they argued that the GOP shouldn't replace the Affordable Care Act's subsidies with "yet another healthcare entitlement", in reference to the AHCA's tax credits.

Republican leaders plan a vote Thursday to repeal Obamacare, optimistic that President Donald Trump can help them close the deal, multiple House Republican sources tell CNN.

Meanwhile, moderates in the same party feel the tax credits are too stingy, especially for low earners and older people. Conservatives were unhappy the measure doesn't erase enough of Obama's law while at the other end of the party's spectrum, GOP moderates were upset that the Republican bill would strip millions of health coverage.

House Republicans from swing districts aren't interested in taking a risky vote on legislation that may be dead on arrival in the Senate.

"Anything that can get 218 votes and make the bill better, we're all about it", Rep. He said he believes they have not agreed to quickly phase out an expansion of Medicaid, another conservative demand.

And far more members from the right and left of the GOP conference are already saying they will vote against the bill, as is - or that they remain undecided.

Earlier in the day, Pence told House conservatives that the administration was open to changes. Experts said the figures undercut Republican claims that the health law's insurance markets are teetering toward collapse.

This could have been in response to a recent CBO report that came out last week, which found 52 million people would be uninsured by 2026 if the GOP bill became law. The rally was organized by FreedomWorks, a conservative group backed by the billionaire Koch brothers.



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