The Obamacare replacement bill could die on Thursday

Posted March 20, 2017

"President Trump personally assured me that he is 100 percent behind this bill and views its passage as a critical priority", Banks, a member of the Republican Study Committee's steering committee, said in a statement after Friday's meeting.

The official national figure of 12.2 million does not include an additional 765,000 people signed up under an option in the Obama-era law called the Basic Health Plan, which is used by two states, NY and Minnesota. Below are some key figures from the report.

Everyone's talking about congressional Republicans' plan to replace the Affordable Healthcare Act.

"This so-called individual mandate also guaranteed business for the insurance companies, because it led healthy people into the risk pool".

But that didn't stop House Republicans from scheduling a vote for Thursday on the replacement bill. On a call with state reporters, Sen.

"Inasmuch as President Trump views many things as a negotiation, I'm quite sure he would rarely take any party's opening bid", Sanford said then.

Leaders continue to work toward the 216 votes needed to back the health care bill led by House Speaker Paul Ryan, and believe with some of the changes they are making they are securing additional support.

Some moderate Republicans are nervous that the plan would cause struggling families to suffer, a prospect highlighted this week by a damning congressional projection that 24 million people could lose insurance within a decade under the new bill.

The latest government sign-up numbers missed Obama's target of 13.8 million people for 2017. Moreover, they represent initial enrollment, and there's usually significant attrition over the course of a year.

Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said the report should serve as "a looming stop sign" for Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare. HealthCare.gov is the federal online insurance market serving 39 states; the remaining states run their own websites.

Trump said after the Friday meeting that "every single person sitting in this room is now a yes" after talking about certain changes, citing the block grant option specifically.

Yes, it is. The CBO just made the Republican task more complicated, but also possibly more clear: Americans need health coverage that is flexible, that they can afford and that includes the doctors and hospitals they want.

The GOP's refundable tax credits wouldn't factor in cost, however. It would end subsidies that help low-income people with high insurance premiums the most and replace them with tax credits that are bigger for older people.

The CBO analysis reportedly shook members of Congress, as many were already on the fence regarding the American Health Care Act before the CBO did any sort of analysis.

But Trump still appeared open to some improvements to the bill, speaking in support of the ultimate product. After visiting with President Trump and Vice President Pence recently, he said the new proposal would allow for more state control to address the rising costs of healthcare.