Banks meets with Trump to push health-bill changes


"The press has not been speaking properly about how great this is going to be", Trump said.

Many in Texas are keeping a close eye on the Republican bid to replace the Affordable Care Act.

It's the House maniacs against Paul Ryan against popular vote loser Donald Trump against Republican senators against Republican governors as the fight over who's going to own Trumpcare continues. "And we've been talking all during the night", Trump said.

The key question is whether Trump is able to convince enough Republicans to toe the line and help pass the bill in the House, where Republicans can afford no more than 21 defections if all Democrats vote no, as expected.

Ryan, the top Republican in the House of Representatives, also continued to champion the legislation, saying on cable news he was open to making "improvements and refinements", but also adding "the major components are staying intact". It doesn't repeal Obamacare. There's fuel here for both proponents and critics of the bill known as the American Health Care Act. Republicans can not afford to lose more than three from their ranks on the committee for it to pass.

Three members of the hard-line conservative House Freedom Caucus - Reps. Thursday is the seventh anniversary of President Barack Obama signing it into law. Like the Senate moderates, John Kasich and company want to preserve the increased level of federal funding that Obamacare provides Medicaid recipients - and, if cutbacks are needed, to limit eligibility rather than reducing reimbursements. Obamacare liberalized Medicaid's eligibility requirements and accompanied the expansion with larger subsidies for states that accepted the broader requirements. That helped lower the number of uninsured people in the state by more than 50 percent, according to statistics at

At an all-hands meeting Wednesday evening of House GOP lawmakers, Vice President Mike Pence and party leaders urged their rank-and-file to rally behind the legislation.

The House GOP's vote counter, Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, also attended the meeting and said the changes give Republicans "the best chance" to get the legislation to the Senate. Trump is losing on this promise, and, now, a court has ruled on a Hawaii case on immigrants and refugees which blocks Trump's plans and puts a nationwide hold on his proposals on deportation. We have a plan that's getting more and more popular with the Republican base, with the conservative base, and with people, generally.

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

Senate Republicans have also voiced rising unease.

Congressional leadership wants to have the bill passed within a month.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham told NBC's "Today" show: "It is mortally wounded". This is something that Republican leaders have trumpeted in recent days, but Ayanian said $337 billion isn't as big as one might think. Nonetheless, experts said the report undercuts Republican assertions that the health law's insurance markets are teetering on the verge of collapse.

But this does not mean all of the 14 million or 24 million will be "thrown off" health insurance or "lose" health insurance. Building in more incentives for younger, healthier people to buy policies simpler than Obamacare's wouldn't only leave more Americans insured.