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.
The complicated party politics surrounding repealing and replacing Obamacare presents an essential test of the alliance between President Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).
House Speaker Paul Ryan conceded that changes will have to be made to the House bill to replace Obamacare, as lingering GOP divisions threaten to tank the legislation, which is still expected to be marked up today by the Budget Committee in its current form.
Sixty-four percent of voters oppose the House plan to force adults to pay a 30-percent higher premium to their insurance company if they have a gap in coverage for more than two months.
A Congressional Budget Office analysis showed that a Republican health care bill being considered in the House would decrease the number of insured people by 24 million over the next decade, and would lower the federal deficit and premiums by the end of the decade.