Donald Trump: 'I'm 100 Percent Behind' Obamacare Replacement Plan

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The CBO estimates that in 2026, 52 million Americans will be uninsured, an increase of 24 million over the 28 million who would lack insurance under Obamacare.

They also call for changes to the provision that rolls back the expansion of Medicaid, the health coverage program for the poor and the disabled.

The analysis by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), which is similar to Britain's Office for Budget Responsibility, has estimated that 14m more people would be uninsured next years under the legislation than under under the now arrangement - a figure anticipated to rise to 24m by 2026.

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".

"The press has not been speaking properly about how great this is going to be", Trump said.

And moderate Republicans in the Senate say too many people would be deprived of insurance, including those covered by the expanded Medicaid under the ACA.

"What happens inevitably to those people is that they fall through the cracks", he said.

"You're looking at some of the top conservatives in the House", he said. If by chance things are not changed, the bill won't pass through and we very well could see a lot of changes to the bill on its next march through to the House.

Republicans on Tuesday defended their plan to dismantle the Obamacare healthcare reform after a nonpartisan research report showed 14 million Americans would lose medical insurance by next year under the proposal even as it reduces the budget deficit. Another would halt Medicaid reimbursements to Planned Parenthood.

Finally, they want to repeal all of Obamacare's taxes as soon as possible, rather than waiting until next year.

Republican Study Committee chairman Mark Walker, who attended Friday's meeting with Trump, has said his group's 170 members support instituting work requirements for able-bodied, childless adults on Medicaid. That's one vote shy of what would have been needed to deal a damaging and embarrassing - but not fatal - setback to the party's showpiece legislation. "Its attempts to estimate coverage have been historically faulty", he told reporters.

Several Freedom Caucus members said Friday they remain opposed to the amended bill.

If the subsidies are cut, more people will go without insurance and the demand for health services will slow. President Trump hopes these changes will appeal to House conservatives.

The truth is younger participants would probably not participate, and seniors could not afford to participate in the later years of the bill, which means at least 14 million non-participants in the first allay, and in the later years nearly double.



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