Republican Governors Came Out Against the GOP Health Care Bill

Even though list price premiums for a standard "silver" plan went up by more than 20 percent this year, the average premium paid by HealthCare.gov customers after receiving their tax credit only went up by $1 this year, the report said.

Lawmakers said the two sides agreed to additional restrictions on Medicaid that states would be allowed to choose.

"If they hurt patients, they need to go away", he said.

House speaker Paul Ryan declined to commit to bringing the measure to the House floor next week, a fresh indication of uncertainty.

Later Friday morning, at a meeting on veterans' affairs, Trump said it took 15 minutes into the discussion with the study committee members to change their mind.

While the rapid-fire events seemed to build momentum for the pivotal GOP legislation, its fate remained clouded. Meadows did not attend the White House meeting.

Thune said "it'd be nice" if House Republicans made the tax credits available in the legislation more generous for older Americans before it comes to the Senate, but said he was already working on a potential amendment.

The AARP is critical of the GOP's plan to loosen the age-band limits, noting that it would put the cost of health care far out of reach for many older Americans.

Getting the support of that group of GOP House members better solidifies support for the bill at a moment when its passage appeared in peril.

Ryan told reporters that he and the other Republican leaders could now make "some necessary improvements and refinements" to the legislation, reflecting an urgency to buttress support.

Will these - should these - estimates compel GOP leaders to change the bill? The first bucket is a fast-track budget bill that needs only a simple majority to pass the Senate.

"That's never healthy to let something sit out there too long because pretty soon you have a carcass left", he said. 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.

"In 2018, 14 million more people would be uninsured under the legislation than under current law", the Congressional Budget Office said in its highly-anticipated report about the budget impacts of the new bill, known as the American Health Care Act. Meanwhile you have other members of Congress such as Rand Paul who feel a bulk of the American Health Care Act is too similar to Obamacare and needs to be broken down and restarted, this included Medicaid.

It remains to be seen whether the bill has any chance in the Senate, however. Sen.

The four governors all run states that expanded Medicaid to people making as much as 138 percent of the federal poverty level.

OH added 700,000 people to its Medicaid rolls under the expansion, which is mostly paid for with federal funds.

"It provides nearly no new flexibility for states, does not ensure the resources necessary to make sure no one is left out, and shifts significant new costs to states", wrote Govs.

"It provides nearly no new flexibility for states, does not ensure the resources necessary to make sure no one is left out, and shifts significant new costs to states", the letter - signed by Govs.

The president griped that the media was not reporting fairly on the bill.

  • Aubrey Nash