Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has said he intends to bring whatever the House passes directly to the Senate floor, bypassing committees.
Senate leaders did their best to dismiss the nonpartisan CBO review of the legislation, which found it would increase the number of people without insurance by 14 million in the first year, and by 24 million within a decade ― almost double the estimate for Obamacare. That's one vote shy of what would have been needed to deal a damaging and embarrassing - but not fatal - setback to the party's showpiece legislation.
The measure would strike down much of former President Obama's 2010 overhaul and reduce the federal role, including financing, for healthcare consumers and is opposed uniformly by Democrats.
The GOP health care bill received a major boost Friday as critical Republicans who had been opposed pledged to support it after being offered changes to the legislation.
"Tell me who you walk with and I'll tell you who you are". "This has been going all night long and we are doing some incredible things". "It took me 12 sentences to explain - it was hard to get through".
"It's our job to get it out of here and get it to the Senate", Pence told the Republicans, according to congressman Dennis Ross of Florida.
"All of these noes, these potential noes, are now yesses", said Trump.
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Prior to going into their meeting, the ostensible allies appeared noticeably at odds during an Oval Office photo opportunity. Merkel was angered by reports in 2010 that the National Security Agency had tapped her phone with the permission of Obama.
"I want to let the world know: I am 100 percent in favor", he said in a meeting with 13 members of the conservative RSC.
"When you have a president of another party you can freelance all you want to but now we have an actual chance to change the country", said McConnell, R-Ky., speaking at a breakfast hosted by Politico.
We will communicate the results of the House vote to our members and the public through The Bulletin, a print publication that goes to all of our members, as well as through emails, social media, and other communications channels. It would create new, leaner tax credits for health insurance, cap federal spending on Medicaid for low-income people and reverse tax increases on wealthy Americans used to finance Obama's statute. It would end subsidies that help low-income people with high insurance premiums the most and replace them with tax credits that are bigger for older people. Hospitals have warned reducing funding or eligibility for the program could lead to job cuts and cause smaller, rural hospitals to close.
"It provides nearly no new flexibility for states, does not ensure the resources necessary to make sure no one is left out, and shifts significant new costs to the state", the letter says.
Yet others say the changes still don't go far enough - many Republicans have called for total repeal of the law, with nothing to replace it. But it has provided since its inception health coverage to millions of Americans.
In a report that weakened GOP support, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has said the legislation would leave 24 million people uninsured in a decade and boost out-of-pocket costs for many. Without most people on board, the House can not even get it to the Senate to even consider.
The CBO report marks the beginning of a new phase in the debate over the week-old healthcare bill, which is moving through the House on an accelerated timetable despite opposition from Republicans, Democrats and virtually every sector of the USA healthcare industry. The rally was organized by FreedomWorks, a conservative group backed by the billionaire Koch brothers.