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Freedom Caucus Will Back Revised GOP Health Bill

But it's not clear whether Republicans have enough votes to pass it yet

(Newser) - The conservative House Freedom Caucus announced its support Wednesday for a newly revised GOP health care bill, a month after the group's opposition forced Republican leaders to pull the legislation in an embarrassing retreat. The group's support, while significant, does not necessarily guarantee passage of the Republican bill... More »

Trump: 'Doesn't Matter' if Vote on Health Care Next Week

But he does promise details on a 'massive tax cut' next week

(Newser) - President Trump says he plans to introduce a tax reform package next week that includes a "massive tax cut" for both businesses and individuals, the AP reports. According to CNBC , Trump is promising a "big announcement" on Wednesday that will "formally" start the tax reform process. While... More »

Trump Wants Health Care Bill Passed Next Week

Paul Ryan says they're putting 'finishing touches' on a compromise

(Newser) - "This thing is very much alive," Rep. Tom Cole tells CNN regarding the Republican health care proposal that appeared to have died in the House last month. Politico reports the White House is hoping to try a second time to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act as... More »

GOP Looks Ready to Sacrifice Pre-Existing Condition Safeguards

VP Pence reportedly made offer to Freedom Caucus

(Newser) - "Anybody (especially Fake News media) who thinks that Repeal & Replace of ObamaCare is dead does not know the love and strength in R Party!" So proclaimed President Trump on Twitter on Sunday, and it wasn't an idle tweet. The AP reports that Vice President Mike Pence... More »

Young Inventor Now Facing Schizophrenia Diagnosis

Joey Hudy's family faces mounting debt to help son

(Newser) - A science phenom known for impressing President Obama with his marshmallow air cannon at the 2012 White House Science Fair faces crushing debt after being diagnosed with a mental illness. Joey Hudy, now 20, is undergoing treatment for schizophrenia at a live-in facility in Tennessee that costs his family $25,... More »

Trump to House GOP: Pass Bill Friday or ObamaCare Stays

He delivers ultimatum ahead of key vote

(Newser) - "Leverage: don't make deals without it," President Trump wrote in The Art of the Deal—and he has now reminded House Republicans how much leverage he has in the fight over ObamaCare repeal. After the setback of a canceled vote on a replacement bill Thursday, Trump issued... More »

Trump Fails to Secure Deal on GOP Health Care Bill

Things are looking bleak for the American Health Care Act

(Newser) - With a House vote on the American Health Care Act just hours away on Thursday, it still didn't appear as if the Republican replacement for ObamaCare had the necessary votes, the Washington Post reports. Republicans can only afford for 22 GOP representatives to vote against the bill (it's... More »

GOP Struggling to Find Votes for ObamaCare Repeal

Freedom Caucus could kill off bill

(Newser) - With a vote due Thursday on the GOP's replacement for ObamaCare, the conservative House Freedom Caucus is threatening to become the legislation's death panel. The hard-liners say revisions to the repeal-and-replace bill unveiled on Monday don't go anywhere near far enough on the repeal side and are... More »

350K Sign Petition to Nix Health Subsidies for Congress

Daniel Jimenez says politicians should have same offerings as American people

(Newser) - What's good for the goose should be good for the governmental gander. That's the position of Daniel Jimenez, a 30-year-old from Portland, Ore., who thinks that in the wake of the GOP's recently introduced American Health Care Act , members of Congress should have to pick from the... More »

GOP on Damage Control Over 'Awful' Health Bill Score

Paul Ryan points out the good bits

(Newser) - The Republican Party was on damage control Monday after the release of a Congressional Budget Office report warning that 14 million people would lose coverage under the House's plan to replace ObamaCare, Politico reports. As some moderates backed away from the plan, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price... More »

One CBO Number Could Doom GOP Health Plan

Cost may be bigger factor than estimate on how many will lose coverage in GOP plan

(Newser) - How much will it cost and how many people will lose insurance? Expect answers to those questions to dominate when the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office releases its official assessment of the GOP plan to replace ObamaCare. It could come as early as Monday. Related coverage:
  • The New York Times offers
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Price: Under GOP Health Plan, No One Takes Financial Hit

'I firmly believe that nobody will be worse off financially'

(Newser) - In a letter to lawmakers on Wednesday, the American Hospital Association expressed its concern that the GOP's new health care bill "could lead to tremendous instability for those seeking affordable coverage." In a Sunday appearance on Meet the Press, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price insisted... More »

Hospitals, Doctors Slam GOP Health Bill

Meanwhile, measure clears House Ways and Means Committee in 23-16 vote

(Newser) - The GOP's replacement plan for ObamaCare isn't getting a universal thumbs-up , but it cleared one of its first hurdles early Thursday, the Hill reports. In a session that lasted more than 16 hours and went past 4am, the House Ways and Means Committee approved the measure in a... More »

Trump: Ballot 'Bloodbath' if GOP Health Plan Fails

But conservatives hate it

(Newser) - House Republicans have laid out their alternative for ObamaCare, and it continues to take heat from both moderates and conservatives. A look at the latest coverage:
  • How many might lose coverage under the new plan? The Congressional Budget Office has not weighed in yet, but Standard & Poor's estimates
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GOP Leaders to Members: Block Repeal if You Dare

Bill may be set in motion quickly to force a vote

(Newser) - President Trump will lay out details of his plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare in his State of the Union speech Tuesday night, reports Reuters , but he acknowledged Monday that things are moving more slowly than he'd hoped. "I have to tell you, it's an unbelievably complex... More »

House Republicans' Plan to Replace ObamaCare Leaked

Meanwhile, the Affordable Care Act is at its most popular in 7 years

(Newser) - House Republicans want to get rid of the Affordable Care Act's subsidies, Medicaid expansion, and individual mandate, according to a leaked draft of a bill to repeal ObamaCare. The bill, which was obtained by Politico , would give money to states to cover some people with pre-existing conditions and replace... More »

ObamaCare Is the ACA, but Many Don't Know It

One-third of Americans, to be exact: poll

(Newser) - Ask some if they want ObamaCare repealed and they'll say yes, but ask those same people if they want the Affordable Care Act repealed and they may have a different answer. That despite the two being one and the same, the New York Times reports, a fact that apparently... More »

GOP Lawmakers Worried About Political Fallout of 'Trumpcare'

Recording of private GOP meeting reveals 'disarray'

(Newser) - An audio recording of a private Republican meeting this week reveals that GOP lawmakers are "in disarray" and "far from agreement" when it comes to repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, the New York Times reports. According to the Washington Post , lawmakers expressed concerns they wouldn't... More »

Obama, Democrats to Meet in Bid to Save ObamaCare

Strategy session Wednesday, as GOP promises quick repeal

(Newser) - President Obama looks genuinely worried about the fate of ObamaCare: He will meet Wednesday morning with House and Senate Democrats to plot strategy on how to prevent Republicans from killing it, reports Politico . The problem for Democrats is that there may not be much they can do in the near... More »

Trump Said ObamaCare Would End. Here's How

It won't be repealed overnight

(Newser) - President-elect Donald Trump has promised to make getting rid of ObamaCare a priority—but he's not going to be able to simply summon the Affordable Care Act to the boardroom and tell the law it's fired. Instead, experts say repealing and replacing the ACA is a process that... More »

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