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Trump Speech Gives GOP's Obamacare Plans a Boost

04 March 2017

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) told NBC's "Today" show this week, "We're not hatching some bill in a backroom and plopping it on the American people's front door".

In a Thursday press briefing, House Majority Leader Representative Paul Ryan denied. "I'm working very, very hard to try to bring my colleagues together in both the Senate and House with the administration to fulfill the promise to the American people".

Paul announced on Twitter that he was heading to the "secure location" where the bill was being held, and soon drew a sizable gaggle of reporters and cameras.

There was a scavenger hunt on Capitol Hill Thursday.

Paul's Obamacare Replacement Act legislation has also been introduced in the House by Rep. Mark Sanford of SC; it contains free market-based alternatives to the Affordable Care Act as well as a full repeal of President Obama's landmark healthcare legislation.

Paul blasted committee members for keeping a plan to repeal and replace the health care law out of public viewing. To replace these elements of the ACA, the Republican bill, according to the leaked drafts, would create a new tax on employees for the value of top employer health benefits.

Congressional Republicans' actions stand in stark contrast to President Barack Obama, who consciously strived to earn support for his healthcare plan from moderate Republicans, like Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley and Utah's Orrin Hatch.

Medicaid would likely be able to cover sick people who are priced out of the market as well, Paul said. Rand Paul. It's a good start to reform for myriad reasons.

"The whole point of yesterday's meeting was so members could hear about the bill and to make their suggestions about it while there's still time to make substantial changes". On Thursday, House Republicans refused to allow Republican Sen.

Kudlow said Republicans are in danger of wasting the gift they've been given. Under his bill Tax credits would have bee available for people to purchase health care, instead of outright government subsidies. "We are continuing to work on drafting and refining legislative language to provide relief from a failing law", wrote Rep. Greg Walden, who chairs the committee. The Freedom Caucus and at least three Republican senators are opposed to the tax credits, calling them Obamacare-lite and even "Ryancare", and they're not saying that in a complimentary way. Nobody's actually sure who's introducing the bill, what it says, what the text is, or, in fact, if it really exists.

But Trump's continued popularity on the right puts these conservatives in a tough spot. should the president more fully embrace the emerging House plan. But rather than forcing Americans to buy medical insurance or pay a penalty if they do not, Trump said a new law should send tax credits to Americans to help them buy their own insurance policies, ones they want rather than ones he said have been "forced on them by our government".