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House Speaker Paul Ryan admitted that the GOP health care replacement bill has to change in order for it to pass the House. The Congressional Budget Office scored the legislation and found that premiums wouldn’t be curbed, and that over 20 million people would be without insurance by 2020. That prompted moderate Republicans to start pulling support. Conservatives already didn’t like it, describing it as Obamacare lite. The most expensive portion, Medicaid expansion, was left intact. To make the bill more palatable, the Republican Study Committee offered two amendments that would add work requirements and cap new Medicaid enrollment by 2018. Yet, that proved to be another obstacle for moderate GOP lawmakers. Democrats are unified against it. Right now, this bill is on life support, despite Ryan being confident that he would get 218 votes to pass this legislation.
In the Senate, Sens. Rob Portman (R-OH), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Cory Gardner (R-CO), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stating that Medicaid expansion has to remain untouched for their support. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) warned his House colleagues that voting on a bill that has no shot in the Senate could nuke the Republican majority. As conservatives stormed Congress to remind Republicans what they promised concerning Obamacare yesterday, I’m sure they’d be a little happier about this development from the speaker. It looks like it’s no longer a binary choice, though Ryan wouldn’t discuss the details of what's going to be changed in the bill (via WaPo):
House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Wednesday that his health-care proposal must change to pass the House, marking a significant retreat from his earlier position that the carefully crafted legislation would fail if altered.
The shift came after a private meeting of House Republicans from which Ryan (R-Wis.) emerged to tell reporters that his proposal to revise the Affordable Care Act would “incorporate feedback” from the rank-and-file. Ryan attributed the change of strategy to the effect of an analysis issued Monday by the Congressional Budget Office. Among other details prompting a fresh round of criticism of the proposal was a projection that 14 million fewer Americans would be insured after one year under the Republican plan.
Ryan backed away Wednesday from his previous rhetoric of calling the measure’s fate a “binary choice” for Republican lawmakers.
“Now that we have our score . . . we can make some necessary improvements and refinements to the bill,” he said, referring to the CBO’s estimate of the effect on the number of those covered by health insurance and what the GOP proposal would cost.
Ryan did not detail what changes are under consideration.
We are now closer to seeing Obamacare self destruct and destroy health care in America. Thank you democrats and beltway republicans.
The government needs to get out of HC. Free markets. Let everyone buy insurance like we do car insurance.
I personally have little faith in the CBO and their results, as they do not take all things into consideration, more times than not the CBO has made the wrong call in the past. Anyone who thinks the CBO is a non-partisan entity needs to reflect on what they said about Obama Care. Either way, I am pleased to hear that Paul Ryan got the message from the true Conservative side of the House. Now, it's time for some real rolled up sleeves and brain crushing. We the People were promised REPEAL & REPLACE, as far as I'm concerned, the replacement should be free market healthcare with the Federal Government in an oversight capacity, not a controlling, paying capacity.
So Ryan & his establishment buddies are going to ram another version of obamacare down our throats, just like the democrats did with obamacare. Full repeal was promised, so we gave republicans the majority. What we are getting are lies. Ryan and his buddies never intended to repeal obamacare. That would take money out of their pockets.
That's exactly what Paul Ryan and the RINO cabal are trying to do to us. I have harassed him so much on twitter, I am surprised he hasn't blocked me yet. I despise them with every fiber of my being.
It enrages me that these rinos are re-elected time after time.
Anytime that they have a challenger and are in danger of losing their position, somehow, that challenger is demonized and attacked with a straw-man argument, which effectively cost them a chance at being elected.
There is a lot of money and power in the states funding and pushing for the re-election of these rinos. As horrible as they are, in a fair election, they would have been gone a long time ago.
As for your twitter harassment of that elitist SOB Ryan, good for you Robin! I hope you keep it up! As for despising Ryan and all like him, I am right there with you!
WASHINGTON EXAMINER – Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, said on Wednesday that the Senate parliamentarian has told him that it may be possible for Republicans to push harder on repealing Obamacare’s regulations than the current House bill, which contradicts the assertion by House leadership that the legislation goes after Obamacare as aggressively as possible under Senate rules.
“What I understood her to be saying is that there’s no reason why an Obamacare repeal bill necessarily could not have provisions repealing the health insurance regulations,” Lee said in an interview with the Washington Examiner, relating a conversation with parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough about reconciliation he had on Tuesday.
Lee also said that the parliamentarian told him it wasn’t until very recently, after the unveiling of the House bill, that any Republican even asked her about the possibility of repealing regulations with a simple majority.
But having met with the parliamentarian, who plays a key role in advising the presiding officer of the Senate over what’s in bounds during reconciliation, Lee is more convinced than ever that this is not true.
“One of the things we’ve been told over and over again is the bill was no more aggressive than it has been… in part because of Senate rules,” Lee said. “And the Senate rules are something those defending the bill have repeatedly pointed to in defense of why they wrote it the way they wrote it. The parliamentarian said, there’s not necessarily any reason that would categorically preclude you from doing more, both on the repeal front and the replacement front, all sorts of things are possible.”
He continued, “What matters is how it’s done, how it’s written up. There are ways it’s written up that perhaps make it not subject to passage through reconciliation, but there are other ways you could write it that might make it work.”
So they didn’t even consult the Parliamentarian on repealing the regulations until recently? That should have been one of the first question they asked.
It sounds like they really just don’t want to fully repeal Obamacare. After all, why would you keep the Obamacare regulatory powers that could potentially be reversed by the next administration? That’s absurd. Congress should be the only one writing laws, not the executive branch.
It’s good Mike Lee is putting this information out there because it just gives conservatives and the public another tool to try and push the Republican House leadership to get this right and actually repeal Obamacare.
Repeal more? Good grief....repeal the whole thing!
Republican leaders canceled a vote in the House on the plan to replace ObamaCare Thursday, after leadership's attempts to lobby enough votes apparently failed -- a major setback for House Speaker Paul Ryan and President Trump.
Trump and Republican leaders had spent much of the day scrambling to get both moderates and conservatives on board with the increasingly unpopular legislation.
"We have not gotten enough of our members to get to yes at this point under what we have now," House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, R-N.C., told reporters.
Ryan postponed his press conference twice as he worked with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy R-Calif., Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., and Chief Deputy Whip Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., to get enough votes to get the American Healthcare Act through the House on the seventh anniversary of ObamaCare's passage.
Meanwhile, Trump met inside the Cabinet room with the Freedom caucus to try and rally conservatives to the cause. He also tweeted, urging supporters to call their representatives to back the bill.
A senior administration official told Fox News after the meeting with Trump and the conservative group that there was a deal in the works, but that it was not yet finalized. A source from the Freedom Caucus later said there wasn't yet a deal.
Trump says negotiations are over. Vote tomorrow. Hmmmmmm. The Art of the Deal?
Maybe....if this win-win, we damn well better win more!