Letters for March 1: Obamacare replacement plan benefits only the well-to-do

Letters for March 1: Obamacare replacement plan benefits only the well-to-do

By afternoon news was breaking that House Republican leaders have drafted a version of their major Obamacare repeal and replacement bill, and they're going to lengths to keep it under wraps.

"It is already bad enough that it appears House leadership wants us to settle for 'Obamacare Lite, ' but now we can't even expect full transparency during the process", he said in a statement Thursday. "I will not stand idly by while the American people are kept in the dark".

Paul said the text of the speaker's bill was being treated as if it were a national secret, such as a plot to invade another country.

The GOP's battle to make good on a campaign promise to repeal and replace The Affordable Care Act -better known and Obamacare- continues to confound Republican lawmaker after Republican lawmaker.

"Committees write bills. That's what they are now working on", one House Republican aide told Politico "It's only their part of the bill, and there's another committee with jurisdiction, too".

The latest developments reflect the difficulty Republicans may have in crafting an Obamacare replacement bill that can garner support from the different wings of the party.

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He actually felt good, he felt fresh, I think, for some of the others they have accumulated knocks and fatigue. I don't have the impression that we're making progress, but we improved, that's for sure.

You may recall that in 2009, there were Republican complaints that they did not have time to read the bill before Democrats pushed the Affordable Care Act to a vote.

The proposal also still includes plans to eliminate Obamacare's taxes.

It's nearly like they want to take away 20 million people's healthcare under the cover of darkness. Rand Paul told CNN.

Lawmakers have been yearning for Trump to seize the bully pulpit on this issue, particularly after they received backlash from constituents at town halls last week.

He also said he wants to negotiate downward the "artificially high price of drugs" Americans pay for their medical needs, give state governors more flexibility in covering medical costs for poorer people and allow purchase of insurance across state lines in an effort to force insurers to offer competitively priced policies. Politico reported early Friday that Republicans are exploring the idea of means-testing the tax credits, meaning lower-income people would get more help. If he can get a chunk of grassroots Republicans upset about the Ryan bill, then in theory Trump might react by shifting towards a more conservative position himself.

But Trump's continued popularity on the right puts these conservatives in a tough spot. should the president more fully embrace the emerging House plan. But few observers expect the key components of the measure to dramatically change when it's introduced in coming weeks, which could pit Cruz and conservative members against Republican leadership. A number of them joined what quickly became a hunt through the Capitol for the bill, with lawmakers trailing reporters as they poked their heads into random offices to see if they could find the bill.

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