Republicans have put health care reforms back on the table, with the White House seeking a legislative win for President Donald Trump and House Republicans insisting they will unify to pass legislation. Even so, their colleagues in the Senate appear less likely to move quickly on significant reforms.
House Speaker Paul Ryan suggested Republicans wouldn’t completely abandon health care reforms in a Monday call with his Team Ryan political organization, telling donors he would lay out Republicans’ path forward at a retreat later this week.
Republican leaders suggested they would move on from health care reform after pulling a House vote on a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, but many in the party still see paths to pass new health legislation.
Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) pulled legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act on Friday afternoon after GOP leaders and the White House failed to cobble together enough support from the conservative and moderate wings of their party. In an astounding moment, the Wisconsin Republican conceded that Obamacare, which Republicans have campaigned on repealing since its inception, would remain the law of the land for the “foreseeable future.”
House GOP leaders, under pressure from President Donald Trump, are expected to hold a vote today on their health care bill, even though it appears to lack the votes needed to pass.
The White House and House GOP leaders are scrambling to shore up support for their health care bill, as conservative opponents agreed to keep working on a deal with the goal of holding a floor vote in the House by Thursday night.
Voters say Republicans are moving too quickly to replace Obamacare, which is more popular than the GOP health care bill that the House is expected to take up Thursday.
House GOP leaders made tweaks to their Obamacare replacement legislation aimed at bolstering Republican support, but many skeptical conservatives remain opposed to the plan. The changes include giving states more flexibility with their Medicaid programs, phasing out Obamacare taxes sooner and increasing tax credits to help older Americans afford health insurance.
With a floor vote on the GOP Obamacare alternative expected Thursday, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is seeking to assuage concerns from moderate Republicans by tweaking the bill to increase tax credits to help older people buy health insurance.
Speaker Paul Ryan’s Obamacare replacement plan got a boost Friday when leaders of the Republican Study Committee, the largest caucus in the House GOP, announced their support after the White House agreed to an amendment package that would give states the choice to block grant Medicaid rather than receive a per capita cap, and maintain work requirements for some program enrollees.