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Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Business | By Patricia Jimenez

'No palace intrigue,' Ryan says of health bill

'No palace intrigue,' Ryan says of health bill

We will communicate the results of the House vote to our members and the public through The Bulletin, a print publication that goes to all of our members, as well as through emails, social media, and other communications channels.

Cotton agreed. "If we had those Democratic votes, we wouldn't need three steps", he said. House leaders discussed other amendments calibrated to round up votes and scheduled a showdown vote Thursday.

So, Trumpcare is now sufficiently cruel to garner 216 Republican votes in the House - or, at least, Paul Ryan thinks that it is. It doesn't repeal Obamacare.

Conservatives and moderate House Republicans want to shove the bill in opposing directions, GOP senators are rebelling and Republican governors say the House bill gives them nearly no new flexibility and lacks sufficient resources to protect the vulnerable. They said those changes would greatly improve the chances of Senate approval even though they might further alienate conservatives. The American Health Care Act would remove the requirement that Medicaid benchmark plans provide essential health benefits, which include mental and behavioral health care and substance-use services. Republican Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Ted Cruz of Texas have voiced strong objections, and Senate moderates don't want to boot constituents off coverage. They have also pushed for the bill's proposed freeze on Obamacare's Medicaid expansion to be accelerated from 2020 up to 2019 or 2018.

At a meeting between President Donald Trump and some skeptical members of the House, Trump offered concessions to help bring the members on board.

The speaker is possessed by an unshaken confidence that this bill is better policy for the country, and that failure would be disastrous for the Republican Party politically.

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Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Ryan insisted that he and the White House are working together on the issue, dismissing reports that the two are at odds. It would create new, leaner tax credits for health insurance, cap federal spending on Medicaid for low-income people and reverse tax increases on wealthy Americans used to finance Obama's statute.

Several Senate Republicans also have said they would reject the measure in its current form. Republicans of all stripes are waiting to see what changes are made by the House Rules Committee before it hits the floor. "I can't imagine the President of the United States will tell me to lie".

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham told NBC's "Today" show: "It is mortally wounded". There are earlier reports that the GOP has not won enough people to get to that number, which is in spite of Republicans holding 246 seats in the House of Representatives and 52 in the Senate. There is no good news about Obamacare.

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.

But Schmick acknowledges that many would lose insurance because the Obamacare mandate to buy insurance would be repealed, meaning individuals would not pay a tax penalty if they chose not to buy insurance.

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