House GOP Considers Changes to Health-Care Bill

Donald Trump in Everett last year. A fox News poll finds he is losing support with top heavy majorities disapproving of Trump's revised Muslim travel ban and his handling of health care.

Moderates want to protect the 11 million people who've gained Medicaid coverage under Obama's law. One member, Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.), told the Syracuse Post-Standard on Monday that her support of the bill was conditioned on the amendment's inclusion.

The survey found that 51 percent of registered voters view the GOP effort as moving the country backward, while 26 percent say it would be an improvement.

Ryan also said other changes may include requiring able-bodied Medicaid recipients to work.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise said the changes strengthened the whip count, but he stopped short of saying leaders had gathered the 216 votes they need.

Biden will join House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other Democratic leaders on the front steps of the Capitol to mark the seventh anniversary of ObamaCare's passage, Pelosi's office said Monday.

But that didn't stop House Republicans from scheduling a vote for Thursday on the replacement bill.

However, the Politico newspaper reported that the matter would be handled in an unusual way: instead of establishing the fund in the House of Representatives bill, the Senate would be instructed to do so when it takes up the Republican healthcare legislation.

The complaints - with Walker and Meadows leading the charge - have already prompted House Republicans to slow down long enough for more debate and changes.

"And it's going to go to the Senate and back and forth", he said, assuring that the "end result is going to be wonderful and it's going to work great".

Trump says the press is misrepresenting the legislation.

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Many Freedom Caucus members who left the group's Capitol Hill meeting Monday night said they remained sharply opposed to the legislation.

The climate is nearly flawless for Meadows to be on the front line of debate and dissent, said Andy Yates, a co-founder and senior partner at Red Dome Group, a political consultancy firm in North Carolina. "So we gotta get this done".

Members of the moderate "Tuesday group" are expected to head to the White House on Tuesday. New York Rep. Chris Collins told CNN the change would help bring along other members of his state's delegation who are now wavering on the bill.

Republicans leaders want to push their bill repealing and replacing much of the 2010 health care law through Congress by April. Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Mike Lee of Utah voiced their opposition, enough votes to sink the bill in the Senate.

Mast got to discuss his concerns about how the bill would impact the large senior population in his district directly with President Donald Trump and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus on the flight down to West Palm Beach.

Trump's visit Tuesday will be his first appearance at the weekly House Republican Conference meeting since becoming president.

"The Senate Democrats are engaging in absolute opposition and obstruction, and it is hard to see that changing anytime soon", Cruz told reporters after leaving the meeting.

With the bill scheduled for the House floor Thursday, Republican leaders must get Meadows, Walker and their constituencies on board. He last privately addressed Republican lawmakers as a group at the party's policy retreat in Philadelphia in late January and has met with small groups of members on several occasions since.

According to estimates by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, the proposed American Health Care Act (AHCA) — unofficially known as “Trumpcare” -- would raise the average health-insurance premium for an individual policyholder by 15 to 20 percent just one or two years from now and lower federal subsidies.

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