More Republicans back healthcare bill after 'certain changes'

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By now, the Congressional Budget Office's assessment of the proposed American Health Care Act's impact on health coverage in the United States is well-known.

Cohn and Mulvaney also said that the Trump administration was open to changes in the bill. "We made certain changes but frankly very little".

The movement has given House Republican leadership a shot of confidence, scheduling a vote on the bill before the full House next Thursday.

GOP opponents from the right and center are already hardening their positions against the Trump-backed legislation.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen Jeanne ShaheenRussian parliament approves investigation of United States media Dem senator to GOP: Listen to Kasich on healthcare Protect lives, USA credibility: Pass the Keeping Our Promise to Our Afghan Allies Act MORE (D-N.H.) is advising the GOP to listen to fellow Republican, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, on how to move forward on healthcare. "So I am strenuously opposing this Trumpcare plan".

"AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond released the following statement today in response to the pending vote on the House bill that would create an "Age Tax", weaken Medicare's solvency, put at risk seniors" ability to live independently as they age, and give sweetheart deals to big drug and insurance companies.

In the Senate, Susan Collins, R-Maine, told the Portland Press Herald, "This is not a bill I could support in its current form".

"Obamacare is a disaster".

CBO estimated in 2013 that 22 million people would be purchasing insurance through the exchanges in 2016. "Instead of improving upon current law - which reduced the deficit and resulted in the lowest uninsured rate in American history - President Trump and Speaker Ryan have devised a scheme that would leave tens of millions of people without health coverage while giving a tax break to the super wealthy".

The Republican health care plan can only afford to lose two votes in the Senate, and with as many as 18 senators expressing reservations about the bill, several GOP lawmakers have warned that it can't pass without serious modifications. John Cornyn - sought to downplay the CBO's findings.

Trump, after a meeting with members of the Republican Study Committee, said he wanted "everyone to know I'm 100 percent behind" the GOP plan.

Health secretary Tom Price was using phone calls to lobby Republican governors, some of whom oppose the bill's phasing out of Obama's expansion of Medicaid to 11 million lower-income Americans. Stripping millions of Americans of health care is a lose-lose situation - for both struggling Americans and for Republicans, who would go down in history as responsible for a health-care catastrophe.

The report also underscored the importance of the ACA's financial assistance, a combination of tax credits to help pay premiums and reduced cost sharing for people with low incomes. That panel's meeting - usually a prelude to bringing legislation to the House floor - is expected to produce amendments aimed at securing votes.

Trump described the planned Obamacare replacement as "a great plan" and "fantastic". "And we've been talking all during the night", Trump said.

That is, the debate between access to health insurance versus the ability to get health care.

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