Bill stops tax credits for those in United States illegally

Erica Roy
June 21, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday said the push to replace Obamacare might need to include more funding, as Senate Republicans struggled to produce an alternative to the healthcare law.

The president's criticism also came as Senate Republican leaders' attempts to write their own health care package have been slowed by disagreements between their party's conservatives and moderates.

Mr. Trump lauded the House's health care bill when it passed last month, hosting a celebratory event in the White House Rose Garden with GOP members of Congress.

Trump's remarks were a surprising critique of a Republican-written House measure whose passage he lobbied for and praised, according to the Associated Press.

One source said Trump called the House bill "mean, mean, mean" and said, "We need to be more generous, more kind". John Thune (R-S.D.), Sen. Joni Ernst, Tennessee Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME, and conservatives like Sens.

The lawmakers specifically discussed structuring the bill differently than the House bill, Thune said, including ensuring the bill "protects people with pre-existing conditions" and using tax credits to "make the bill work for lower income, elderly people".

Republicans were not part of the process because they refused to take part. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, told the newspaper.

Axios reported that one of the aides, who remained anonymous, said, "We aren't stupid", when asked why the Republicans weren't releasing the bill prior to a vote.

"Our goal here is to move forward quickly", McConnell told reporters. "We all know something has to be done". They are being extremely secretive about the details of health care legislation that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Leaders have signaled that they are willing to expand tax credits and provide a longer transition for states that expanded Medicaid under the ACA. The Senate alone held 58 hearings on the ACA over a year of public consideration. Susan Collins, a moderate Republican from ME who's seen as a tough vote to get.

The CBO's evaluation of the House bill after it was passed proved controversial because it showed it would leave millions of Americans without health insurance. They argue that waiving those requirements would allow states to offer cheap, bare-bones plans and drive down the cost of premiums across the individual insurance markets.

On Tuesday, reporters were temporarily barred from interviewing senators in Senate hallways without prior permission from the Senate Rules Committee. But in a May 28 tweet that raised questions about his intent, he said: "I suggest that we add more dollars to Healthcare and make it the best anywhere. We have a very narrow majority in the Senate, 52 Republicans".

Secrecy breeds suspicion, so there is good reason to be very suspicious of a health care bill crafted by the Senate's Republican leaders.

"I don't know because I have no idea if we even have a bill", Murkowski said.

Though only snippets have leaked, the GOP leader seems to be trying to appease more moderate GOP senators by delaying the House's 2020 cutoff for the provision that has provided more than 11 million Americans with health care coverage.

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