How Millennials Win And Lose Under The GOP Health Bill

House Paul Ryan of Wis. speaks during a news conference at Republican National Committee Headquarters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Ryan said he will seek changes to a divisive GOP health care bill to provide

The movement has given House Republican leadership a shot of confidence, scheduling a vote on the bill before the full House next Thursday.

Trump described the planned Obamacare replacement as "a great plan" and "fantastic".

Back at the White House, President Trump's personal thoughts on all of this remain entirely unclear. If by chance things are not changed, the bill won't pass through and we very well could see a lot of changes to the bill on its next march through to the House.

Ryan told reporters that he and the other Republican leaders could now make "some necessary improvements and refinements" to the legislation, reflecting an urgency to buttress support.

Two House committees approved the bill's provisions with no changes last week.

After meeting with members of the Republican Study Committee, Trump said everyone at the meeting had agreed to vote in favor of the bill. Given the 52-48 majority Republicans hold, they can not afford to lose more than two votes.

The House Freedom Caucus, a smaller group of conservative House members, balked at Trump's claim, tweeting that it still opposes the legislation in its current form.

In a series of television interviews, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney and top White House economic adviser Gary Cohn said that the CBO is focusing on the wrong metrics with the estimates it will provide on the number of people who are insured.

The administration indicated it was open to revisiting the plan's treatment of Medicaid, the government health insurance program for the poor, during a meeting with a conservative wing of the party. This would allow states to escape federal rules regarding eligibility and the benefits that Medicaid must provide to its enrollees (at the likely cost of lower funding). They have also pushed for the bill's proposed freeze on Obamacare's Medicaid expansion to be accelerated from 2020 up to 2019 or 2018.

Republican Representative Phil Roe said after the Pence meeting the bill would probably be changed to move up the end of the Medicaid expansion by one year, to 2019. Some conservatives already think the existing proposal is too generous; moderates and liberals think it is too stingy.

House Speaker Paul Ryan has unveiled his plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

It would offer significant tax relief to wealthier taxpayers, with corresponding refundable tax credits for lower income people.

"As of today, they do not have the votes based on the public comments by Senators". The new plan, like ACA, has protections for people with pre-existing conditions, so they can continue to have access to health insurance.

Of the 24 million people expected to lose coverage by 2026 under the GOP bill, a disproportionate share would be those between the ages of 50 and 64 with incomes below roughly $30,300 for an individual.

But Schmick acknowledges that many would lose insurance because the Obamacare mandate to buy insurance would be repealed, meaning individuals would not pay a tax penalty if they chose not to buy insurance.

Bottom line: When most people in MI and nationally say they want to "repeal and replace" the ACA, they do not necessarily want to lose coverage or return to the pre-ACA world.



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