GOP Senators Say House Health Bill Won't Pass Without Changes

Dan Coats as director of national intelligence.

"It's very preliminary", the president said of the House GOP bill in a Fox News Channel interview Wednesday, when questioned about reports the legislation helps Democratic voters more than those who elected him.

House Republicans are working on a companion to their bill replacing “Obamacare, ” a legislative second act that would ease cross-state sale of health insurance and limit jury awards for pain and suffering in malpractice lawsuits. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) refuse to vote for the bill, he said. Sen.

House Speaker Paul Ryan has told senior Republicans that he won't change the main pillars of his plan to repeal and partially replace Obamacare, even as Republicans search for tweaks that can break their logjam over the legislation. "It's premature to get into the conclusion of those things", Ryan added. An analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office found 24 million people would lose their health insurance over a decade though the bill would also reduce the deficit.

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. That left House members angry over being asked to take a politically risky vote for legislation likely to be altered.

He said his group has spoken with Senate Republicans about potential changes and will propose an amendment on Monday.

The agreement would also allow states to decide to accept a lump-sum federal payment for Medicaid, instead of an amount that would grow with the number of beneficiaries.

On Wednesday night, Donald Trump told a rally in Nashville, Tennessee: "It's going to be great".

GOP leaders can not afford more than 21 defections in the House during a full vote there expected within weeks.

Moderate House Republicans have voiced concerns over its cuts to Medicaid, while conservatives like Amash, a House Freedom Caucus member, say the legislation does not move far enough away from ObamaCare.

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The official national figure of 12.2 million excludes 765,000 people signed up under a related Obama-era law used by NY and Minnesota.

They are pushing for such changes as moving up the bill's 2020 freeze on Medicaid enrollment expansion to 2018. That would let Trump pressure "Democrats in these red states to come on board", Ross said, referring to Republican-leaning states where Democratic senators face re-election next year.

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Moderates "don't like the idea of taking a vote in the House that may go nowhere in the Senate", said congressman Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania.

"Anything that can get 218 votes and make the bill better, we're all about it", Rep.

Pence met repeatedly with House Republicans but rebels still abounded.

It seemed clear that GOP leaders remained short of the 216 votes they'll need, and additional changes were in the works. Gone was the federal government's oppressive mandate requiring all Americans who do not have health coverage to pay a stiff penalty.

Obamacare's high premiums and forcing of healthcare coverage was horrific to Republican members of Congress. Obamacare expanded its eligibility and increased funding for it, which enabled about 10 million previously uninsured Americans to obtain medical insurance.

The obstacle for leadership Thursday was to pass the bill through the committee without significant conservative defections. The rally was organized by FreedomWorks, a conservative group backed by the billionaire Koch brothers.

The 2017 government sign-up numbers missed Obama's target of 13.8 million people.

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