House delays health care bill to Friday

House delays health care bill to Friday

House delays health care bill to Friday

The bill repeals tax credits that people can use to purchase health insurance and replaces them with a new tax credit that is less generous for most.

The two Alabama members of the Freedom Caucus are split on the Republican health care bill with Rep. Mo Brooks planning to vote against it and Rep. Gary Palmer promising to cast his vote in favor.

"I can tell you at this point we are trying to get another 30 to 40 votes that are now in the "no" category to 'yes.' Once we do that I think we can move forward", said Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows of North Carolina.

Earlier today, White House press secretary Sean Spicer had said President Donald Trump's meeting with the House Freedom Caucus was a "positive step" toward achieving the GOP's goal of driving down costs and increasing access to health care. On its Facebook page (the group doesn't have a website), the caucus says it "gives a voice to countless Americans who feel that Washington does not represent them".

The Freedom Caucus has been delivered a "final offer", said a member of House leadership, chief deputy whip Patrick McHenry. This government-regulated health care requires Americans to purchase health insurance and bans insurance companies from turning people away for any reason, including having a pre-existing condition.

Donald Trump and Republican leaders have scrapped their bill to repeal "Obamacare" in a humiliating failure for the U.S. president, when it became clear his flagship manifesto pledge would nosedive in the House of Representatives.

Conservatives, eager to rein in rising premiums, want to repeal "essential health benefits" that all insurance policies must pay for under Obamacare - including maternity care and emergency room visits.

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Frenzied last-minute wheeling and dealing was underway on Capitol Hill and at the White House, but if there was any change it seemed the number of dissidents was growing. Not because the three dozen members of the caucus are completely unhappy with the ACHA as-is, of course, but rather since they don't believe the current bill goes far enough to repeal Obamacare.

"On the other hand, you've also got a bill that is the largest welfare program ever proposed in the history of the Republican Party", he said.

They also predicted at least 24 million would be without healthcare coverage in the 10 years after this bill is passed compared to the Obamacare system, with some estimates even higher than that. President Donald Trump made repealing and replacing former President Barack Obama's signature health law one of his core promises on the campaign trail.

"In my view this is the first real test of whether we're a governing party - and it's a pretty big test", said Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., who supports the bill. But that means if just 21 Republicans vote against it the bill will be sunk. A vote on the legislation is still possible on Friday, NBC said.

On Thursday morning, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) came out against the bill.

With Democrats expected to be unified in opposition, Republicans can afford only twenty-one defections in the House and are likely to face an even tougher uphill battle in the Senate.

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