President Trump Says Obamacare Repeal Will Put Republicans 'in a Bad Position'

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to testify at his Senate confirmation hearing on Jan. 19

"What we're trying to achieve here is bringing down the cost of care, bringing down the cost of insurance not through government mandates and monopolies but by having more choice and competition", Ryan, R-Wis., said on Sunday CBS' "Face the Nation". "Finally, [my husband's] employer told us in 2015 when it went up the final time and additional 34%, that they couldn't carry our family any more, so I had to enter back into the workforce but couldn't find a job that offered health insurance", she said. When he left, people like him.

"Repeal and Replace" was one of Trump's signature campaign promises.

Among those hit the hardest under the current House bill are 60-year-olds with annual incomes of $30,000.

"As it's written today, this bill in the House of Representatives can not pass the Senate. This is the bill the president has looked at and said, yes, this is what will work", Mulvaney told ABC.

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On Sunday, his aides took pains to explain that a CBO finding of fewer people covered would not necessarily mean that fewer people will be covered.

Senator Tom Cotton warned that the bill in its current form could not pass the Senate, and called on the party to avoid a political meltdown on health care that could cost Republicans in the 2018 mid-term elections, much as the 2010 Obamacare law devastated Democrats in the mid-terms that year. "And estimating the impact of a bill of this size probably isn't the best use of their time", Mulvaney said. "And I believe we can firmly do that with the plan that we've laid out there".

However, the Republican lawmakers want to retain two of the most popular features of Obamacare: banning insurers from refusing to write policies for anyone because of a pre-existing medical condition, and allowing young people to stay on their parents' policies until they turn 26.

As for Speaker of the House Paul Ryan's message to Republicans?

"If you're looking to the CBO for accuracy, you're looking in the wrong place", Trump spokesman Sean Spicer said.

"We're not saying this is the only way forward", he said.

"Unfortunately it's going to take a little while to get there because you have to let the marketplace kick in", he said. "I'm not even going to get coverage in the system that we now have". "If you fall into that middle group, we're going to provide tax credit so you can go out and buy a plan".

He added that he would not be opposed to delaying any repeal efforts. The excuses and the reasons that the Trump White House is offering are insane. Some of these cuts could be offset by a temporary fund that would provide grants to states to shore up their insurance markets, but analysts are so far skeptical they'll make up the difference.

"I would say to my friends in the House of Representatives, with whom I served: Do not walk the plank and vote for a bill that can not pass the Senate and then have to face the consequences of that vote", Cotton said on ABC "This Week".



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