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Week ahead: House heads for Thursday vote on ObamaCare repeal

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Manuel Armenta | 21 Marcha, 2017, 02:47

Millions of uninsured Americans got coverage and began getting health care in more appropriate ways rather than using ERs for untreated conditions, etc. Persons with pre-existing conditions could no longer be treated like untouchables by insurance companies.

Former Vice President Joe Biden will join House Democrats on Wednesday to rally together to save Obamacare the day before House Republicans vote on their repeal plan. He also noted that the revisions will likely allow for federal block grants to states for Medicaid and permit states to add a work requirement for Medicaid recipients.

North Carolina Republican Meadows said the changes being considered for the Medicaid program would not go far enough if they left it up to states to decide whether to put in place a work requirement.

House Republicans have scheduled to vote on their plan to replace Obamacare on Thursday, the actual anniversary of the law's signing.

The bill has generated criticism from both conservative and moderates within the Republican-led House.

Meanwhile, the president said he had meetings about healthcare reform in Florida during the weekend. The details are still unclear, but it is an effort to calm anxious GOP lawmakers who fear that the GOP health care bill would result in a spike of premiums for their constituents in their 50s and early 60s.

Conservative Republicans who met Trump said he agreed to changes on the Medicaid government insurance program for the poor.

"It's a fine needle that needs to be thread".

Even if these revisions somehow manage to propel the ACHA through the House, it is unlikely that the bill will pass in the Senate in its current form.

Some of those moderates have expressed concerns about how the plan would handle the Medicaid expansion.

After a damaging score from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) that found the AHCA would mean 24 million fewer people with insurance, Republicans leaders have been scrambling to shore up support.

On Friday, Trump said he was "100 percent" committed to the bill after his meeting with conservative lawmakers.

Affordability has been one of the bigger concerns that insurers and hospital groups have raised about the legislation. They said the bill "does not meet" goals set out by President Donald Trump about state flexibility and making sure people are covered.