GOP, Dem governors call for changes in House health bill


I think the Republican base in Montana would be well-advised to call U.S. Sen. It was a startling slap at legislation that was shepherded by Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and whose passage the president lobbied for and praised.

By the way, we now know what President Donald Trump really thinks of the House bill. Here you have legislation which deals with one-sixth of the American economy, that's the health care situation, and there are Republicans who haven't even seen this legislation, and certainly, no member of the Democratic Caucus has.

Republican Rep. Donny Lambeth of Forsyth County, a key House negotiator on Medicaid issues, told The Associated Press "there's no way" his chamber can agree with dramatic changes made to the bill by a Senate Health Care committee on Thursday. Moderate GOP senators have been pushing to ease those efforts.

That plan, which passed the House on a 67-22 vote Friday, includes no tax increases, per se, but "broadens the base" by eliminating some sales tax exemptions in existing law, the largest being for telecommunications services, such as cellphone plans.

The senators targeted in the ads have expressed some reservations about the emerging Senate legislation or the process and timeline with which GOP leaders are crafting it. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, and a small clutch of aides are writing the bill behind closed doors as McConnell consults GOP senators.

The sources spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss details of closely held discussions about a Senate version of the health care bill.

Two other congressional GOP officials confirmed that the general descriptions of Trump's words were accurate. In fact, if you ask them, they'll say that they're still working hard to hash out a compromise that delivers on their promise. "We hope that this meeting will lead to Republicans abandoning both repeal and their repeated sabotage of our health care system, which has sowed uncertainty in the marketplaces", he said in a statement.

The Senate is working on its own version of Obamacare repeal-replacement legislation, which is expected to roll back fewer of the current law's provisions that have expanded coverage through Medicaid and the health insurance exchanges.

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"Americans won't forget that @HouseGOP passed a "mean" bill to rip healthcare from millions then celebrated @ the WH", said Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md.

The House vote was incredibly close, and 20 Republicans ended up voting against the bill.

Thirteen men deciding women's health care.

To which we reply: Look, you've been dealing with this issue for seven years. McConnell is trying to keep the pressure off the many Republican senators who have offered pledges of varying degrees of specificity to protect Medicaid and other aspects of the ACA that benefit their constituents.

Republicans have said the House bill is aimed at lowering premiums and expanding consumers' insurance choices while getting rid of the mandates in "Obamacare" that require people to buy coverage.

Trump had not publicly criticized the House bill previously.

"Would I have preferred a more open process?"