GOP Health Bill Advances Despite Conservative Objections
- Author: Annette Adams Mar 20, 2017,
Mar 20, 2017, 0:26
The US health care bill's advancement to the House was considered as another victory for House Speaker Paul Ryan, who had a significant contribution to the legislation of the bill despite vocal opposition from fellow Republicans, the NBC News reports.
While proponents say the GOP plan would eventually provide Americans with access to less expensive, more patient and doctor-centric coverage, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projected that 24 million people would lose voluntarily decline coverage under that approach by 2026 and that the replacement coverage would be more expensive in the short run - especially for older and low-income people. "There's no doubt about it", Price responded, acknowledging changes made to the bill to win over conservatives could scare off moderate Republicans. As the bill now stands, older, poorer Americans will have far less help from Republican tax credits starting in 2020 than they get through Obamacare subsidies.
"I feel like it's exactly where we want to be, and the reason I feel so good about this is because the President has become a great closer", he said.
Last Friday, the White House won support from conservative Republican Study Committee (RSC) leaders by agreeing to give states the option to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients and to block grant Medicaid instead of the cap system in the bill.
Speaking on NBC's Meet the Press, Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME said she was concerned about a report from the Congressional Budget Office that said 14 million people would lose health coverage under the House bill over the next year and 24 million over the next decade.
"It's coming together beautifully", Trump said. Who is this young senator and why is he so opposed to President Trump's plan?
Still, several conservative Republicans in the Senate worry for low-income Americans losing their insurance once the new United States health care bill is legislated. "We're going to have more plans being offered, more choice and competition". Lawmakers need to slow down and solve this problem, he said. Cotton agreed with Cruz during an interview on CNN that the House bill will not bring down premiums for people seeking coverage in the private health insurance market.
"We're going to look at every one of them and make certain that we have those in place that actually help patients and drive down costs, and if they hurt patients and drive up costs, we're going to do away with them", Price added.