GOP governors say health care bill doesn't work

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In his weekly press conference, House Speaker Paul Ryan also indicated he was open to fixes to the bill. He said the change "doesn't move the ball more than a couple yards on a very long playing field". This is why President Trump had to talk of changes, which may help to sway people back on the side of passing the bill through. All four states accepted federal money to expand Medicaid in the Affordable Care Act.

"Today there are a lot of undecideds and lean noes". That left House members angry over being asked to take a politically risky vote for legislation likely to be altered.

"The House has put forward a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare based on the principles I outlined in my joint address, but let me tell you, we're going to arbitrate, we're going to all get together and we're going to get something done", he said.

Conservatives want to end Obama's expansion of Medicaid next year, not in 2020 as the bill proposes.

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. Right now, there are not enough backers to get the bill out of the House of Representatives.

"This legislation is a conservative vision for free market, patient-centered healthcare", she said.

President Donald Trump, who supports the House Republican health care plan, said in his February 28 joint address to Congress that the federal government should "give our great state governors the resources and flexibility they need with Medicaid to make sure no one is left out".

The president and House GOP leaders are trying to shepherd the American Health Care Act (AHCA) through the lower chamber amid fierce party infighting over its contents. Conservatives were unhappy the measure doesn't erase enough of Obama's law while at the other end of the party's spectrum, moderates were upset the bill would strip millions of health coverage.

In a report this week that prompted many GOP lawmakers to emerge as opponents, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said the legislation would leave 24 million people uninsured in a decade, including 14 million next year, and boost out-of-pocket costs for many.

"This president is getting deeply involved", Ryan said at a news briefing. "Unfortunately, the current version of the House bill does not meet this test".

Cotton disputes the suggestion that Obamacare is working well in Arkansas or enjoys much popularity, but acknowledges high anxiety among his constituents about what happens next. He said he believes they have not agreed to quickly phase out an expansion of Medicaid, another conservative demand.

'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. For their part, many conservatives have complained those credits go too far toward creating a new entitlement - and at least should be means tested. Dean Heller, R-Nev., who faces re-election next year, became the fourth Republican senator to announce his opposition. This has been the major problem in Congress since day one of the new GOP bill coming.

GOP leaders can not afford more than 21 defections in the House during a full vote there expected within weeks.

Chris Bond, spokesman for the chief GOP vote counter, Rep. Steve Scalise, said Wednesday evening "we feel very comfortable that we have a path to passage here".

"You're looking at some of the top conservatives in the House", he said.

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