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GOP leaders acknowledge health bill changes, might delay vote

"The Daily Show" played a clip from back in 2009, when the Wisconsin Republican said, "We really have a problem with the direction of these bills and we have offered principled alternative bills".

Republican leaders plan a vote Thursday to repeal and replace much of Obamacare, optimistic that President Donald Trump can help them close the deal, multiple House Republican sources tell CNN.

"There is no intrigue, palace intrigue, divisions between the principals. there really is no schism whatsoever", Ryan insisted.

Ryan called it "premature to get into the conclusion to those things" and said he was aiming for the "sweet spot" that gets the bill to pass.

Rep. Frank LoBiondo said there was a "nice exchange of information" with Pence about moderates' concerns.

President Trump won support Friday for the legislation from key members of the conservative Republican Study Committee (RSC), GOP sources told The Hill.

Two House committees last week approved the bill's provisions with no changes. A handful of Budget panel members, including Reps.

Friday morning, members of the Republican Study Committee - who have expressed serious doubts about the House's health care bill - emerged from a meeting at the White House backing the legislation. "It's going through the legislative process".

"We're been working at this literally for seven years", said the No. 2 Senate Republican, John Cornyn. "I wish we were sending the Senate a comprehensive reform that completely repeals Obamacare and completely replaces it with a healthy, vibrant, competitive and consumer-driven market".

Trump said all the lawmakers in attendance now supported the healthcare bill after previously questioning it.

"I think we're going to have negotiation", he told Fox News' Tucker Carlson.

Republicans staunchly opposed to the bill, meanwhile, continued to dig in their heels.

Going forward, there's little margin for error for the speaker who has the nearly herculean task of trying to please both moderates in his conference who fear the legislation doesn't do enough to help low-income Americans and conservatives who want to end the Medicaid expansion allowed under Obamacare sooner than later as well as reduce tax credits. Ted Cruz and House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, argued the House's bill doesn't go far enough and issued their own proposals.

"For every action it creates an equal and opposite reaction sure some of that is going to be able to be moved back and forth". Many of them are from states where voters have gained Medicaid and other health insurance under the 2010 statute. Conservatives were unhappy the measure doesn't erase enough of Obama's law while at the other end of the party's spectrum, GOP moderates were upset that the Republican bill would strip millions of health coverage.

Ryan's original plan for the AHCA was to bring it for a full House vote next week, a promise he backed away from at a press conference on Wednesday. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said the measure lacked the votes to pass in the Senate, where Republicans hold a precarious 52-48 majority.

Obamacare expanded insurance to about 20 million Americans but the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said on Monday that 14 million Americans would lose medical insurance by next year under the Republican plan.

Freshman Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas is not known for clashing with leadership or plotting with conservative trouble-makers in the House, as Sens.

The GOP replacement also is meeting resistance from some Republican governors.

"I want to let the world know: I am 100 percent in favor", he said of the legislation. "The CBO score has modified the dynamics".

Graham then addressed the controversy surrounding the bill. The vote was blamed by some for the Democrats' historic loss the next year.

"You're looking at some of the top conservatives in the House", he said.


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