Speaker Ryan Tells Rebel Republicans Health Care Bill Is Only Step 1

WASHINGTON DC- MARCH 07 U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price compares a copy of the Affordable Care Act and a copy of the new House Republican health care bill during the White House daily press briefing

Instead, it focuses on the areas that enabled 20 million Americans to get some type of coverage following the enactment of the ACA, which is also called Obamacare. Starting in 2020, Medicaid expansion may continue, but states will receive financing at their traditional level.

Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have recently introduced a bill to replace the ACA, called the American Health Care Act. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and it doesn't offer much for the moderate Republicans, especially in the Senate, who have sounded the alarm bells that phasing out Medicaid's expansion the way the bill does it would throw millions of people off healthcare.

Both Democrats and Republicans are expected to try to reshape legislation that dismantles key provisions of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, Democratic former President Barack Obama's signature domestic policy achievement.

It is still unknown whether these groups can have an impact on President Donald Trump's personal opinion on the American Health Care Act.

But coming right out and saying you want more uninsured people would make you look monstrous.

"If they have some suggestions that improve predictability, fairness to all the participants - including insurance companies - then we have something to talk about", she said.

Facing backlash from within his own party, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan turned to PowerPoint to make his pitch for the American Health Care Act - his replacement for Obamacare. He is trying to "quash" conservative resistance to the proposal and has pledged to do what it takes to get the bill passed.

Meanwhile, as Congress does its work, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price will be focused on unilateral actions.

Younger, healthier people may have cheaper coverage options, but costs could climb for older patients with chronic conditions and people with low incomes. "We want nobody to lose coverage or lose access to coverage that now has that, and we want to increase the number of individuals that have access to coverage".

Trump and fellow Republicans campaigned past year on a pledge to dismantle the Obamacare healthcare law, the signature domestic policy achievement of Democratic former President Barack Obama, calling it a government overreach that had ruined the more than $3 trillion US healthcare system. More than 1 million people bought coverage through a new health insurance marketplace, Covered California, while almost 4 million more joined Medicaid, a health plan for the poor jointly funded by the state and federal governments and known in California as Medi-Cal. And when you replace that with we're going to have a free market, and you buy what you want to buy, they're going to say not almost as many people are going to do that. And so you'll have those coverage estimates.

"We have a plan that's going to be fantastic", he told executives last week. That's not our goal. "We are too far down the road for that", the source said. "Insurance is not really the end goal here". The nonpartisan legislative analyst's office also was studying it. The GOP proposal has cleared two House committees. Like Obamacare, however, the Republican bill allows children to stay on a parent's insurance until they reach age 26 and prevents insurers from denying coverage to people with pre-existing medical conditions. "I've spoken to our members about that".

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