Democrats are pushing back against the charge that Obamacare is "imploding".
Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price told House Republicans that one of the changes being considered is allowing states to impose work requirements for Medicaid recipients, an adjustment that could win over some conservatives, The Hill reported. Right now, there are not enough backers to get the bill out of the House of Representatives.
And some of the most conservative Republicans, those in the Freedom Caucus, remain unpersuaded.
According to multiple reports, Trump and the RSC agreed to some sort of an amendment package including a Medicaid block grant option for states. Currently Medicaid is an open entitlement program to anyone who meets the criteria.
"States can not successfully administer a quality Medicaid program that grants significant flexibility in lieu of adequate funding", they wrote in their plan. He pledged in his speech to a joint session of Congress just two weeks ago to replace it with a plan that would give people cheaper insurance, better coverage, more choices, and a continued guarantee that pre-existing conditions won't deny anyone. The bill will include incentives for states to adopt such requirements, but it's not yet clear what those incentives are.
While senators criticized the CBO ― Blunt said its analysts are "notoriously bad at anticipating what's going to happen in a marketplace" ― they were happy to hype CBO findings they liked.
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Instead, the crowd was treated to an exhibition singles match between Vasek Pospisil and tournament director Tommy Haas.
Senator John Thune of South Dakota, a member of the Republican leadership, said Senate Republicans could take steps to make the bill "more helpful to people on the lower end".
"This bill, if passed in its current form, will disproportionately hurt older adults between the ages of 50 and 64 by dramatically increasing insurance premiums to unaffordable rates".
"Anyone who believes in the three-step process is believing in a fantasy", said Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) at a press conference Thursday.
Other changes are still in the works. The government's red ink would be reduced by $337 billion in the same period, but that would come largely by cutting assistance to poorer people while offering a whopping tax cut for families making more than $250,000 a year. Under Obamacare, the federal government pays for nearly all of the cost of that expansion, and the governors want that support to continue.
But the Congressional Budget Office projected that these credits do little to offset massive premium increases for lower-income seniors under the new bill. Both conservatives and moderates are hoping the bill will move in their direction, and changes that appease some could alienate others.
Conservatives had denounced the tax credits as a whole as a new social welfare program. Republican Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Ted Cruz of Texas have voiced strong objections, and Senate moderates don't want to boot constituents off coverage.
The committee mostly is charged with fusing GOP bills into a package that can avoid a Democratic filibuster later on, but she cannot afford to lose more than a few members from her 22-to-14 majority.