GOP on Defense After CBO Report Shows Millions Could Lose Insurance

Michael Reynolds EPA		Trump attended a meeting on Veterans&apos Affairs in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington

The report from the Congressional Budget Office underscores the dramatic loss in health insurance coverage that would take place if the GOP healthcare plan is enacted, potentially contradicting President Donald Trump's vow that the plan would provide "insurance for everybody" and threatening support from moderate Republican lawmakers.

The key question is whether Trump is able to convince enough Republicans to toe the line and help pass the bill in the House, where Republicans can afford no more than 21 defections if all Democrats vote no, as expected.

At an all-hands meeting of House Republicans, vice-president Mike Pence and party leaders urged their rank-and-file to unite behind the legislation.

A no vote would anger Republican leadership and potentially make it harder to overturn even portions of Obamacare, while a yes vote does not ensure that the final bill on the House floor will appeal to conservatives who want a full repeal. Among other things, the law mandated that state Medicaid programs, in exchange for a massive inflow of federal funds, cover mental health and addiction services.

"If you're looking to the CBO for accuracy, you're looking in the wrong place", White House spokesman Sean Spicer said last week. The GOP bill would widen that band to five-to-one, which would hike premiums for those in their 50s and early 60s, but reduce them for younger folks.

According to multiple reports, Trump and the RSC agreed to some sort of an amendment package including a Medicaid block grant option for states.

A children's advocacy organization contends the American Health Care Act - the proposed replacement for Obamacare - would be devastating for youngsters in NY who are covered through Medicaid and the state's Children's Health Insurance Program.

Trump declared that the congressmen he met with mostly opposed the legislation "and now every single one is a yes" after the meeting, though the group he met largely didn't include the conservatives who have been most hostile to the House legislation. Trump said they are now "all yeses" on the bill after previously being "noes or potential noes".

The hope - described as a "pretty hard target" by Rep. Bradley Byrne - is for the AHCA to go to a final House vote on Thursday.

Trump meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House on Friday.

. Of course, millions of lower-income people would be left with no insurance or significantly more expensive insurance than they have under the Affordable Care Act. "It remains a disaster". The House Republican bill would wind down the current Medicaid expansion starting in 2020.

"There are people from the middle and from the right who have various concerns", he said at a conservative forum. The projection includes people who are now eligible and would lose coverage, as well as people who might have become eligible if more states, as expected, expanded coverage under the ACA.



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