Four Republican Governors Come Out Against Obamacare Replacement Plan

Four Republican Governors Come Out Against Obamacare Replacement Plan

Trump used campaign-like language in his Wednesday night speech, pledging "to repeal and replace awful, disastrous Obamacare".

"I just want to thank you folks and we're gonna have a great, great health care plan", he said. "Now as we get closer to finish, going through the committee process, you inevitably make those refinements and improvements as you go through that process". "I watch, I say, 'That's not the bill we're passing'".

Now, the big question: What do House Republicans do?

The president griped that the media was not reporting fairly on the bill.

House Speaker Paul Ryan was the one who first introduced the bill, and he seemed very confident early on that the bill would pass through the House at least. It doesn't repeal Obamacare.

Michigan Rep. Justin Amash, a libertarian-leaning representative and a member of the committee, posted on Twitter: "Absolutely not true that conservatives have flipped to yes on the healthcare bill". They are as unified against President Trump and the American Health Care Act as Republicans were against President Obama and the Affordable Care Act. Republicans can not afford to lose more than three from their ranks on the committee for it to pass.

The conservative Freedom Caucus, which consists of about 40 House members, is still not on board, per a tweet Friday. Thursday is the seventh anniversary of President Barack Obama signing it into law. Another would halt Medicaid reimbursements to Planned Parenthood.

"States can not successfully administer a quality Medicaid program that grants significant flexibility in lieu of adequate funding", they wrote in their plan. And the GOP would eliminate the extra help for out-of-pocket costs, but states would be able to set up such programs of their own. Medicaid covers more than 70 million people, and its future is expected to be a central issue in the Senate.

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In the Senate, a senior Republican said even if the health bill passes the House, "it wouldn't pass the Senate". 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.

Speaking on CNN, Ryan mentioned "giving states better chances at more flexibility with Medicaid", but provided no details.

We've heard opponents of the GOP Obamacare replacement bill continously - and tiresomely - quote the CBO report on how many Americans will lose their insurance if the bill becomes law. "People are truly covered well, and I think it's going to be something that's going to be a model to be looked upon", said the President.

Republicans have a 52-48 Senate majority. "I want everyone to know I'm 100 percent behind this". The state's junior senator, Rand Paul, is nearly certain to vote against the health care bill if it comes up for a vote.

Now Republicans are under increasing pressure to change the bill, but it's unclear how they can find a path to passage in both the House and Senate.

Paul later told reporters: "The White House has been much more open to negotiation on this" than House leaders.

"Is it an act of mercy to throw 24 million people off of health insurance, so Republicans can hand billionaires a massive new tax giveaway?"

Adriana Kohler with Texans Care for Children, an advocacy group based in Austin, says Texas already leaves too many people without care.

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