Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

A plan that will worsen health care

A plan that will worsen health care

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price acknowledged that passing the White House backed health care bill through both houses of Congress is going to be tricky, but said he is confident that the GOP plan to repeal and replace Obamacare will move forward. "This is exactly where we want to be", the Wisconsin Republican said in an interview with "Fox News Sunday". "We are still apart somewhat on replacement, but some of the reason we are apart is, I think, Paul Ryan is selling him a bill of goods that he didn't explain to the president".

Representative Mark Meadows, the chairman of the hardline conservative House Freedom Caucus, said the bill would "absolutely not" pass the way it is now. Let's not even get started on Paul Ryan's plan for Medicaid. "It's a dead health care plan".

The bill would undo much of Former President Barack Obama's signature health care law, eliminating the so-called "individual mandate" that created tax penalties for people who don't buy insurance and halting the expansion of Medicaid, which is the federal-state health program for the poor.

Trump's admission that the current House G.OP. bill is "preliminary" is the latest in a series of contradictory remarks and positions over the past few days.

'The Speaker said this a minute ago, he didn't say the specifics of it, but he said that some tweaks will be made to the tax credits and probably that's the older - old geezers like me that are 55 and up, ' Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) said, The Hill reported. "And so where I dispute that comparison is it suggests that we're going to have the same kinds of plans being offered in 10 years that Obamacare would otherwise offer".

A House vote on the plan is scheduled for Thursday. Earlier this week, Trump promised a group of conservative activists that he's open to major changes to the bill, while White House adviser Kellyanne Conway separately insisted to a different group of stakeholders that the bill was nearly in its final form.

"I think there's enough conservatives that do not want 'ObamaCare lite, ' " Paul said on ABC's "This Week". "We're going to get something done", he said.

Trump emphatically stated that "Obamacare is dead". "But before I can do that - I would have loved to have put it first, I'll be honest - there is one more very important thing that we have to do: We are going to repeal and replace the awful, disastrous Obamacare". "We're still having conversations with our members, we're making fine-tuning improvements to the bill to reflect people's concerns, to reflect people's improvements".

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