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. This is definitely good news for House GOP leaders - as I've been arguing, the best way Trump can help get the bill over the finish line is by being a cheerleader for it, which means not criticizing it or demanding changes.
At the same time, the non-partisan agency said, in the next two years premiums in the individual market would jump by 15 percent to 20 percent more than they would under current law, undercutting the Republicans' argument that their legislation is needed to rein in rising premiums and that people wouldn't be hurt by their plan. He said he believes they have not agreed to quickly phase out an expansion of Medicaid, another conservative demand.
One lawmaker said the changes include "work requirements and block grants".
Justin Amash, R-Mich, turned to Twitter after the president spoke to make it clear not all conservatives had been flipped. Meadows did not attend the White House meeting.
House Budget Committee Chairman Diane Black, who attended the Capitol Hill session, said there very likely would be changes to tax credits offered in the bill to do more for older, lower-income people - something Republican moderates have sought. Stripping millions of Americans of health care is a lose-lose situation - for both struggling Americans and for Republicans, who would go down in history as responsible for a health-care catastrophe.
A report from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that Americans at retirement age living on $15,000 annual incomes could lose almost $5,900 in tax credits per year tp help pay for coverage under the proposed health plan.
With the House Freedom Caucus remaining opposed to the legislation, the bill may not make it out of the House.
But Trump appeared delighted that they were now in support of the bill.More news: Netanyahu: Syria raids targeted Hezbollah arms
House GOP leaders plan a floor vote next week, less than a month after the measure was introduced. This has been the major problem in Congress since day one of the new GOP bill coming.
"That's never healthy to let something sit out there too long because pretty soon you have a carcass left", he said. This is why many feel the GOP bill will undergo multiple changes before it ever sees President Trump.
GOP support became scarcer when the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office projected the legislation would push 24 million Americans off coverage in a decade and shift out-of-pocket costs toward lower income, older people.
"I want to be as helpful to the Trump administration as I can".
"They have not been giving it a fair press".
The committee mostly is charged with fusing GOP bills into a package that can avoid a Democratic filibuster later on, but she cannot afford to lose more than a few members from her 22-to-14 majority.
"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.
"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", the letter - signed by Govs.