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GOP Obamacare replacement narrowly passes out of committee after 3 Republicans defect

GOP Obamacare replacement narrowly passes out of committee after 3 Republicans defect

Trump is losing on this promise, and, now, a court has ruled on a Hawaii case on immigrants and refugees which blocks Trump's plans and puts a nationwide hold on his proposals on deportation.

Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to meet Wednesday with the Republican Study Committee and the GOP Conference to discuss ACA replacement.

Republicans remain deeply divided over their USA healthcare overhaul, which is Trump's first major legislative initiative and aims to fulfill his campaign pledge to repeal and replace the healthcare program of his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama.

Less than 24 hours after Donald Trump had won the White House, House Speaker Paul Ryan triumphantly proclaimed the start of a new era of Republican leadership that would "hit the ground running".

The RSC wants a "manager's amendment" teased by the White House to freeze Obamacare's vast expansion of Medicaid insurance for the poor by 2018, instead of 2020, while requiring able-bodied, childless adults on the program to work, volunteer or be in school.

CBO said the number of people without health coverage would soar in subsequent years, "to 21 million in 2020 and then to 24 million in 2026" compared to those now insured under the reforms implemented by Trump's Democratic predecessor Barack Obama.

Ryan's decision to schedule the vote next Thursday, the seventh anniversary of Obamacare becoming law, is a sign that he's confident he'll be able to wrangle enough votes to push the bill through Congress.


Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, Republican politicians have vowed to repeal and replace the landmark legislation known to many as "Obamacare".

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC offered a more reasoned perspective on the congressional budget report this week: "If they're half right, that'd still be a lot of people who are uninsured". Lower-income Americans would lose tax credits that help provide coverage. They oppose accelerating the phaseout of the Medicaid expansion and are unhappy with long-term cuts the measure would inflict on the entire program.

In a new complication, Sen.

52 million people would be uninsured under the Republican plan in 2026. In a letter sent to all 435 members of the House of Representatives, AARP maintained its strong opposition to this harmful bill and urged each Representative to vote "No' on the proposed legislation".

While senators criticized the CBO ― Blunt said its analysts are "notoriously bad at anticipating what's going to happen in a marketplace" ― they were happy to hype CBO findings they liked.

Those accepting the agreement included Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., leader of the Republican Study Committee, a large group of House conservatives. But it has provided since its inception health coverage to millions of Americans. Premiums would go up for older Americans and down for younger Americans. And many would lose coverage because of dramatic changes to Medicaid.

The congressman said he doesn't think the 30 percent surcharge paid to insurance companies for lapsing in health coverage will stay in the bill because it's too hard to differentiate between those who can afford insurance but game the system by only buying insurance when they're sick and those who can't afford insurance full-time because of other life circumstances. Moreover, they represent initial enrollment, and there's usually significant attrition over the course of a year.