Republican Governors Came Out Against the GOP Health Care Bill

  • Republican Governors Came Out Against the GOP Health Care Bill

Republican Governors Came Out Against the GOP Health Care Bill

The Republican bill would kill much of former President Barack Obama's health care law, including tax penalties for people who don't buy insurance and its expansion of Medicaid, the federal-state health program for the poor.

"I think there's been some worry about higher-income people" who don't need the subsidies getting them, he said, adding that work requirements for Medicaid will "probably get in there".

House Republicans scheduled a vote for Thursday on the health care replacement bill, as President Trump said he's convinced over a dozen members of the Republican Study Committee to support the plan.

Govs. John Kasich of Ohio, Rick Snyder of Michigan, Brian Sandoval of Nevada and Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas said Thursday in a letter that the beleaguered legislation "provides nearly no new flexibility for states", fails to ensure enough resources to protect vulnerable residents, and shifts significant new costs to states.

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"No palace intrigue", Ryan said.

They hope to bring it to the full House next week.

'And we made certain changes, ' Trump continued. Ryan and other GOP leaders have chafed at Cotton's repeated calls to slow down the health care bill, which leadership is eager to get through Congress by Easter.

Concerns mounted on Capitol Hill after the Congressional Budget Office, the independent legislative analyst, released a report on Monday that estimated the GOP health plan would reduce deficits by $337 billion over the coming decade and increase the number of uninsured by 24 million in 2026, compared with current law. That left Senate GOP leaders at least two votes shy of what they'd need to prevail.

The House Budget Committee voted Thursday to advance the measure. 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 conservatives say they are negotiating some changes directly with the White House, cutting out House GOP leaders, while rebellious GOP senators were stoking the opposition.

Although the House bill has cleared three committees, some lawmakers can visualize scenarios where things come apart.

GOP leaders can not afford more than 21 defections in the House during a full vote there expected within weeks.

As of Wednesday night, CNN's own whip count recorded 19 Republican House members against or leaning against the bill as it was written, a rude awakening that Ryan can't ignore. They won't vote, no matter what we do, they're not going to vote.

Chris Bond, spokesman for the chief GOP vote counter, Rep. Steve Scalise, said Wednesday evening "we feel very comfortable that we have a path to passage here".

Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz attended a rally Wednesday at the Capitol and railed against the Paul Ryan-led House bill. Now we must face the reality: Do we want what we got?

"You're looking at some of the top conservatives in the House", he said.

All three representatives are members of the House Freedom Caucus, a conservative group that has come out against the AHCA.

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

"Having a majority does not mean playing defense", said Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, referring to the House Democratic leader who was speaker when Obamacare passed.