GOP Health-Care Plan: Republican Hard-Liners’ Reaction Puts Bill’s Future in Doubt

Conservative lawmakers in the House and the Senate continued to attack the Republican health-care plan Tuesday after congressional budget analysts found it would dramatically increase the number of uninsured Americans while raising premium costs in the short term.

The reaction from Republican hard-liners to the Congressional Budget Office report cast doubt on the viability of the American Health Care Act, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s proposal to revise Obamacare, which could receive a House vote within two weeks.

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Gop’s Obamacare Replacement Bill Is an ‘Age Tax’ on Older Americans, Aarp Says

The Republican bill to repeal and replace Obamacare hits older Americans who struggle financially the hardest, said AARP Legislative Counsel and Policy Director David Certner.

“The older you get and the lower your income, the bigger the premium increase you’re going to see,” Certner told CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” on Monday, the day the Congressional Budget Office could release its cost analysis of the GOP’s American Health Care Act.

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3 Fatal Flaws Of The Republican Plan to Replace Obamacare

This month, the Republicans have finally introduced their plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. For anyone familiar with the economics of insurance, the plan is highly problematic. The death spiral of Obamacare (which is real) will only get worse with Trumpcare. This article discusses three of the biggest flaws, and their implications.

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Why Republicans Are Battling Republicans on Obamacare Repeal

Republicans are rarely as exercised as when they are fighting with themselves.

And as the House debates how to best dismantle the Affordable Care Act, a familiar array of interest groups with deep pockets, incensed talk radio hosts and online agitators is again assuming its posture of aggression toward the House Republican leadership.

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GOP Health Care Plan: White House Vows ‘Full-Court Press’ on Behalf of Proposal

The Trump administration is preparing to pitch House Republicans’ health-care proposal directly to the public in an attempt to circumvent a surge of opposition to the plan among conservatives, Democrats and health-care industry groups.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said administration officials, including President Trump, are engaged in a “full-court press” to sell the health-care bill through local radio and television interviews and meetings with stakeholders.

Trump will host a group of conservative leaders at the White House Wednesday night to discuss their concerns, Spicer said — the second night in a row Trump has huddled with players in the debate to discuss strategy.

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Conservatives Lash out at House Gop’s Obamacare Replacement Bill

Influential conservative lawmakers and activist groups panned health-care legislation drafted by House Republican leaders Tuesday, throwing the GOP’s plan to undo the Affordable Care Act in serious doubt less than 24 hours after it was released.

Those groups dubbed the House bill, backed by House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), as “Obamacare Lite,” “RyanCare” or “RINOcare” — a reference to “Republican in name only,” a popular conservative epithet for establishment politicians.

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Republicans Struggle to Replace Obamacare

The Obamacare replacement plan that President Donald Trump said in mid-January was nearly done has yet to materialize.

Congressional committees may begin voting on legislation this week, but a leaked early draft proposal divided Republicans, who control both chambers of Congress.

Some of the most conservative members complained that the replacement plan would just substitute one entitlement program for another.

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Americans Conflicted Over GOP Plans To Dump Obamacare

Last year, when presidential candidate Donald Trump hammered the Affordable Care Act as “a fraud,” “a total disaster” and “very bad health insurance,” many Americans seemed to agree with him.

Now that President Trump and fellow Republicans are attempting to keep their promise to get rid of the law, voters increasingly seem to be having second thoughts.

Multiple polls show rising support for the ACA, including one from the Pew Research Center and one from the Wall Street Journal/NBC News indicating Americans feel more positively about it than ever.

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‘Secret’ Obamacare Plan Leads Lawmakers on Hunt Across Capitol

House Republicans thought they were writing a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. Instead, on Thursday, they found themselves running a traveling circus.

Following reports that a major chunk of their health-care legislation was being held for House GOP review in a secret room somewhere in the Capitol complex, Democrats and Republicans who hadn’t been invited started the hunt. Senator Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, was first on the scene of the supposed secret location.

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7 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Worry About the Repeal of Obamacare

Ever since President Barack Obama finessed what would eventually be called “Obamacare” through both houses of Congress, Republicans have derided it and told their constituents that once they regained power, they would immediately repeal and replace it. Apparently “immediately” has a different definition in the conservative dictionary, because they have yet to offer an alternative to the health care law that insured 20 million people and reduced the number of uninsured to the lowest level in recent history.

Yes, health care is a complex, difficult issue to address, which is why many economists, pundits and political experts don’t believe that Republicans will ever fulfill their promise to repeal and replace the ACA—despite the rhetoric they’ve been feeding their base for years.

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